It's embryonic at the moment, and its brand of free-market libertarianism isn't entirely to my taste, but I'm going to become a member of the UK Libertarian Party anyway. If for no other reason than that it represents a potential break from the rotten political status quo. Where 3 barely distinguishable parties, colluding to give up parliamentary sovereignty (EU Referendum) compete at election-time based on little but pretense. And, thing is, I reckon a hell of a lot of other people all across the country feel the same way...
Well, let us hope so. We haven't really been trying yet, merely attempting to recruit the sympathetic of the blogosphere and we are not far off one hundred members, with another hundred and fifty participating in the forums. But it takes a lot of time and effort (not to mention all of the compliance rules, etc.) to set up a new party and there are only five of us doing it. Do feel free to pitch in and help if you believe in libertarianism.
Because you know that I do. And this is one of those advantages that you have over other politicians and parties. You know precisely what I believe in; those of you who have read this blog over the entire course of the last three years will have seen the gradual conversion and eventual conviction that libertarianism is the only decent, moral course.
Libertarianism's fundamental tenet is that I have absolutely no right to tell you how you live your own life. It's central axiom is that I am no better than you, and that you should be left to make your own decisions about what makes you happy.
And you are all more entirely aware of the fact that I have made some serious (and expensive) mistakes in my life. You know that I have starved, that I have been desperate. And you all know that I do my best to engage with my critics and debate with them.
None of this will change with my involvement in politics. None of this would change if I were elected (though I might despise myself a little more as I got out of bed in the morning). One of the mottos, amongst the five of us who started the LPUK, is that we will not play by "their" rules. We want to be honest and, further, we want to remove as much of government's power over you as possible.
To sum up, the advantage that you all have is that you know me, through this blog. You know my thought processes, you know who I am, and you know what I want to achieve. You may disagree with my views, but at least you know that I hold them honestly.