Wednesday, 31 December 2008

A first UK Libertarian Party New Year

As 2008 draws to a close, I take pride in being able to offer the first New Years message from the Libertarian Party.
 
This is the first year that the Libertarian Party in the UK has been in operation, having launched itself into the public arena on the 1st January 2008. During this year we have purposely kept our size and numbers close to our chest as the party has steadily grown in strength and members throughout the year, not least because we did not wish to alarm those in the established mainstream parties as to the groundswell of public opinion that has quietly risen and is eagerly awaiting news of a general election.
 
2008 has seen yet more civil and personal liberties being swept away under the relentless tide of new and draconian laws, ever changing by stealth using the statutory instruments that add meat to the legal frameworks that are rarely discussed in our parliament. One by one our rights are ever diminished, slice by slice we succumb to the corporatist money making machine that is backed up by legislative protection, enforced by a continuing expansion of a privatised policing structure headed by the ACPO, ever tightening their authoritarian grip over the everyday lives of the public.
 
If we were to look back just 10 years, it would have been difficult to imagine a United Kingdom in such disarray, in such financial trouble, with such elitist authoritarian aims of its politicians, but that is indeed where we stand today.
 
As I look forward to the New Year, I like most others wonder what 2009 will bring. It is clear that it will become much worse before it gets any better, both in political and financial terms, as mass unemployment, financial hardship, bankruptcy, evictions and mass criminalisation of the population takes its toll, and where there is no let up on the volume of new statutes and SI's increasing our daily financial burden.
 
The mass of regulation imposed by the EU, rubber stamped by Westminster is also increasing, making UK business and industry less and less competitive in the wider world, as taxes of one sort or another increase the financial strain for business to survive and keep employment levels stable. With Sterling now at parity with the Euro and the National Debt increasing on a daily basis beyond all records, the UK economy is inexorably being driven into the ground.
 
At what stage the Government will dare to go to the country is anyone's guess, and whilst it is fairly certain that the current Government will be swept from power at any free election, there is still uncertainty as to who will be best placed to serve the real interests of the nation overall.
 
In this new corporatist world, we can see little difference between any of the 3 major parties, other than the colour of their rosettes, and none have promised to roll back any more than some of the icing on the legislative nightmare that has befallen us all.
 
The Libertarian Party in that respect promises to be very different, to be bold and to be true to the people of this country, promising to undertake a programme of repeal, to undo the wrongs which have been done during the past 10 years and more, and to make the UK proud of itself and its people again.
 
As we now move into 2009, we in the Libertarian Party feel that we have done the groundwork, we have put together our policy framework, and we have established a working, functioning party structure which is now ready for the rigours of representing the public in Central and Local government.
 
Amongst the 80 million who now live in the UK, we are sure that there are 646 honest people who are more capable of governing this country than those  handful of elitists who believe they have a right to rule over us, that there are many ordinary people out there who would like to replace them and do what is right for this country.
 
The first step is to understand that today the UK is no longer governed, it is ruled. One of our primary tasks will be to rein Government back to its simple role of governance, for and on behalf of the people.
 
The Libertarian Party would like to give you the opportunity to stand as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate if you feel that you have what it takes to govern. Perhaps you have been a local councillor, a business leader, a butcher, a baker or even a candlestick maker. If you feel that you can make a positive difference to the way that this country is run, then let me know.
 
How different would we be? Well, from day 1 we would expect anyone elected as a Libertarian MP to fund their own pension plan from their generous salary, not to sponge from the taxpayer with gold plated provisions. We would expect a Libertarian MP to furnish and maintain their own London accommodation, not to sponge from the taxpayer and we would expect a Libertarian MP to take their role seriously, and that means no second job that will detract from their responsibilities as MP's. It would of course be necessary to cover legitimate and reasonable expenses, however the abuses of recent years will be halted
 
That's just for starters, but if you think you can live with those rules and would like to become a Libertarian PPC, then let me know. If you would like to stand as a Libertarian Candidate at local elections, let me know so that I can put you in touch with the LPUK lead in your area.
 
I am looking forward to 2009, because I know that the Libertarian Party has a lot to offer the people of the UK, and its time to give the establishment a wake up call they will never forget, through the ballot box.
 
May I conclude by wishing everyone, of whatever political hue you may be, a very Happy New Year, and may 2009 be as prosperous as this Government permits.
 
 
Ian Parker-Joseph
Party Leader - Libertarian Party UK
 

 
 
 
 
 

LPUK wishes you a happy New Year

On behalf of the Libertarian Party I would like to wish all South East members and supporters a very happy New Year.

Drink lots (or not), have fun and I hope things go well for you in 2009.

Monday, 29 December 2008

LPUK demands investigation into Norwich City Council

Well I hope you all had a merry Christmas. And are looking forward to lots of fun over the New Year.

Anyway today I thought it sensible to point you in the direction of Barry Chambers.

Barry is the LPUK Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich South. And he's demanding an independent investigation into the Homes Scandal that is rocking Norwich City Council.
Norwich City Council launched an internal investigation after it was revealed staff were living in properties which elderly tenants had been evicted from ahead of a proposed redevelopment.

The story made national headlines, with Kristina Reeves, City Hall's £52,000-a-year head of neighbourhood housing, one of 18 council staff who moved into the homes in Greyhound Opening ahead of the redevelopment.

Barry believes it's time the people of Norwich vote in a new council. As he points out this may only be the tip of the iceberg.
The electorate has no say over who is employed in their council and rely on the elected councilors to represent them in these issues. This clearly does not work. Maybe the time has arrived to remove all the present elected councilors and to elect new people within whom we can have some trust.

We should call for an external investigation into all of the council's affairs, because this one issue may only be the tip of the iceberg! What lies below, we may wonder.

Do go and read Barry's full post and show him your support. Especially if you live in Norwich.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

UK Libertarian Party applies tests to policies/legislation

As talk of a February election is now being discussed in the media and questions are being asked about the extent to which we live in a big brother state, The Libertarian Party in the UK is increasingly using a series of tests, which were announced earlier this year, to check the Big Government and Statist values of any policies or legislation put forward by Political Parties, Local Authorities, Quangos and the EU.

 
The Libertarian Test

Test 1 is the Liberty Test.
Q: Is this policy or legislation really for the benefit of the individual in the UK, or is it only in the interests of Corporations or Government to the detriment of the individual.
A: It must fulfil the first part or it is not good law for the UK.

Test 2 is the Stalin Test.
Q: Would Stalin have found such a policy or legislation useful in furthering his state control apparatus.
A: If so, it is not good law for the UK.

Test 3: Rule of law
Q: Does the policy/legislation respect the rule of law and basic rules of English jurisprudence?
A: If not, it's not good law for the UK.


You may see Libertarian Blogs and Press Releases applying these tests, which we would like to see being used more and more as policy announcements are made by the current Government, Tories and LibDems in order to fool voters that their brand of Big Government Statism will be so much better for you.

The Libertarian Party is committed to making the life of the individual one which is free from Government interference, and to disentangle Corporate interests and government legislation.


If you would like to know more about the Libertarian Party and its objectives, read our manifesto, stand as a Parliamentary Candidate or are just curious, visit our website here. You can join the Libertarian Party by clicking the Join Now link in the sidebar.
 
 
 
The Libertarian Party UK.
 
The Only home of Libertarian policy in the UK
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Monday, 15 December 2008

St Albans councilors enjoy tour of BB lab...

Two St Albans' councilors have been shown the time of their lives. Courtesy of the ever popular Big Brother.

The lucky councilors were given a guided tour of one of Big Brother's secretest labs. Where he devises all his plans to catch those nasty 'state enemies'...
A HIGH-SECURITY lab in Sandridge normally closed to members of the public has at last flung open its doors to reveal some of the vital work carried out there.

The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) may only be known to people who live in the area as the 'place on the hill with a mast'.

However, in scientific circles it has an international reputation for conducting investigations which help the police to catch criminals, terrorists and keep the public safe.

As the lab remains extremely secluded due to the sensitive nature of the research undertaken there, it tends to get forgotten about.

But last week leader of St Albans District Council Robert Donald and councillor Chris Oxley were given a guided tour of the secure facility to discover more about its fundamental role in helping to cut crime.

They saw all of Big Brother's new toys. Including finger printing systems and weapon detectors.

And they were so impressed they heaped praise on Big Brother's work. Well, who wouldn't...
Councillor Oxley said: “I have lived in sight of the mast for over 30 years and had not been aware of the superb work being done by such a dedicated team of highly skilled scientists.

"I consider it a real privilege to be shown just a sample of how HOSDB helps us live in a civilised and reduced crime environment.

Doesn't it make you feel warm and cuddly inside? To know they're helping us live in a more civilised world.

Just think how well you'll sleep knowing Big Brother is watching over you. Keeping all those nasty 'state enemies' at bay...

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Interview with Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers points out a few home truths on the economy...

Saturday, 13 December 2008

St Albans meet up -- fun had by all

Today's meet up in The Boot -- St Albans -- was quite the success. Despite the health and safety issues of wind and rain -- which would have threatened any government meeting -- 5 members turned out.

As the picture shows we enjoyed a few drinks. And had a good chat about politics, philosophy and policy.

We hope to organise another meeting in Hertfordshire after Christmas. Probably Rickmansworth. So if you know that area -- why not come along.

Also don't forget about the regular London meet ups in the Rose and Crown Southwark. Next one is penciled in for January 8th.



You will notice we disguised the identity of the members in the picture. This is due to the obvious threat they pose to the 'state'.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Council questionnaire advice needed

I have just received a questionnaire from my local council in Essex, asking for me to fill in four pages of energy efficiency information about the property I rent. Do I:

a. fill it in correctly and send it back?

b. fill it in incorrectly and send it back?

c. send it back telling them to naff off?

d. send an anonymous letter telling them to naff off?

e. ring up the jobsworth head of the department, tell him that I live on private property and it is none of his damn business as long as I keep paying for the energy I use, on top of his wages?

Monday, 8 December 2008

Kevin Reynolds' case is found to be exceptional

Lord Steyn in the House of Lords ruling in S. and Marper v. UK ([2004] UKHL 39) held that 'the increase in the database of fingerprints and samples promoted the public interest by the detection and prosecution of serious crime and by exculpating the innocent;' [Emphasis added]. The case of Kevin Reynolds contradicts this point.

Kevin Reynolds was first arrested in 2002, and the police took DNA samples from him. When he was acquitted, the Police retained his DNA samples and profile. Three years ago, Kevin was arrested a second time, this time on suspicion of murder. The police had DNA from the crime scene; if they had compared it to the DNA retained from Kevin's first arrest he would have been cleared immediately - but they didn't. See details in DNA retention of unconvicted people.

Kevin informed me that he just received the following letter, dated 2008-12-02, from SCD12 - AC Private Office and Business Services, Metropolitan Police:

Re: Request for deletion of fingerprints, DNA and PNC records

Dear Mr Reynolds,

I refer to previous correspondence regarding the above.

Your case has been subject to a review based on existing MPS records and the evidence and contention you have provided.

After consideration, Commander [name removed] (on behalf of the Commissioner), is of the opinion that your case should be treated as exceptional.

Based upon this, your records will now be destroyed

The deletion process takes a number of weeks to be fully completed, you will be informed when the deletion of all samples / records has taken place.

NB. fingerprints of an unsuitable quality would not have been retained.

Yours sincerely,

 

[name removed]

for Commander - Operational Information, Intelligence and Learning, on behalf of the Commissioner

Congratulations to Kevin. As this letter is dated two days earlier than the ECHR judgement in S. and Marper v. UK, the decision in Kevin's case could not have been affected by this ruling. It is likely that Kevin is one of the last innocents in England and Wales who had to fight the Police, often over several years, to have a chance to be among the happy few couple hundred individuals to manage to get their DNA records destroyed each year.

Now that the ECHR has found the retention of S. and Marper's DNA breaches human rights law, it should be much easier for innocents who have had their DNA taken by the police to get their DNA samples and profile destroyed.

GeneWatch UK recommends that you write now to the Chief constable of the police force that arrested you to request your DNA records to be destroyed.

It is also worth remembering that the ACPO does not make law, Legislators and Courts do. So no matter what the ACPO says, obfuscating its position with stats that link DNA samples with crime scenes rather than convictions, Police forces that refuse will be in breach of the ECHR ruling, and potentially open themselves to legal action.

 

 



Hattip David Mery and crossposted on PJC Journal

 

LPUK South East meet up Saturday Dec 13th

We have arranged a meet up for all those in and around St Albans (Herts). The meeting place is The Boot at 12:30 on Saturday December 13th.

The Boot is a fine pub and serves many a good pint of beer. And anything else that tickles your fancy.

It's very easy to get to as it's slap bang in the centre of town. And only about ten minutes walk from the station.

If you plan to come from London -- St Albans is just a twenty minute train ride from London St Pancras. If you're coming by car there is plenty of parking across the city.

It should be a relatively laid back affair. So if you're not a member and would like to find out a little more about the Libertarian Party feel free to pop along.

Here's a little map I've done for you.

And on behalf of the Libertarian Party I hope to see you there.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Welcome to LPUK South East

This is the first post from the LPUK South East blog.

The blog has two simple aims...

First -- to keep Libertarian Party members, living in the South East of England, up to date with what is going in our area. What events we have organised and what we plan to do to roll back the powers of our interfering, statist government.

Second -- to introduce the ideas and beliefs of the Libertarian Party to a wider audience in the South East of England. With a specific focus on the issues that affect people in this area.

So, if you're already a member or new to the Libertarian Party and live in the South East of England -- welcome.

Monday, 1 December 2008

LPUK South East Events

This is a full list of events occurring in the South East over the next six months. Unless stated these events are open to all.

Feb 11
Thursday 3rd, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark

Mar 11
Thursday 3rd, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark

Apr 11
Thursday 7th, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark

May 11
Thursday 5th, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark

Jun 11
Thursday 2nd, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark

Where is the Rose and Crown?
The Rose and Crown is on the south side of the Thames near Southwark station.