Thursday, 29 January 2009

London meet up -- Thursday Feb 5th

As some of you'll be aware. We're having a few problems with the LPUK website and forum at the moment. So organising things is a little difficult.

Nonetheless next Thursday is the first Thursday in February. And we all know what that means...

Yes, it means it's time for the monthly LPUK meet up in the Rose and Crown, Southwark. Did you hear that fanfare...

Last month was a real success as we had a good crowd down and some new faces turned up. And hopefully this month will be just as good.

As usually we'll be there from 6:30 and if you can't find us just ask at the bar. The lovely landlady will point you in the right direction.

For those of you who haven't been before here is a map.

I hope to see you all there. And remember if you're not a member but interested in getting to know us please pop along.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The more the bail-outs fail, the more the bailers bail

"This is no bail-out"

Sure, Mandy.

Does anybody see an end to this? We have been down this path before, and it won't be pleasant. How much more of the productive economy will have to be cannibalised to prop up the rest?

And if you think the Tories offer some hope, Ken Clarke has labeled this deal 'small beer' and 'Not enough'. If only we had bigger bail-outs eh Ken?

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Confessions of an ex-Tory

I have spent most of my (short) adult life as a Conservative. I have recently seen fit to follow another course. There are I know a number of ex-tory Libertarians who like myself also chose to mistakenly believe that in the absence of any credible small government alternative in British politics that the Conservative Party was the best vehicle we have for achieving libertarian goals.

My values haven’t changed. I am not a conservative in the Libertarian Party, I was a libertarian in the Conservative Party. If you pursue this course there comes a point when you come to notice if you keep voting (or even campaigning) for the lesser evil, you cannot be surprised when all you get is evil. The recent confused thrashing of the Tory Party in the face of the current financial crisis and my personal experience of those who consider themselves the future leaders of the Tory Party leads me to one inescapable conclusion: the Conservative Party is at best intellectually corrupt, at worst intellectually bankrupt.

Does David Cameron understand the damage this government is doing to this country and to the finances of an entire generation? Does he understand the damage the Conservative leadership is doing to the cause of small government by failing to oppose the utter, utter stupidity of Gordon Brown’s government?

I look forward to working for a cause which has my unqualified support. I hope those in the Conservative Party (or any party) who share our views will do likewise and consider joining the Libertarian Party. Now there’s no-one as zealous as a convert, so I’ll leave it at that for my first post on Libertarian Party South East Blog.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Inauguration Sickness

...and the antidote.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

LPUK Campaign to get MP's to publish their expenses

Douglas Carswell MP (One of the good guys hiding in the Tory Party) has decided not to go with the flow of MP's hiding their expenses and is going to publish his accounts to April 2009 in full. H/T The Devil

We have been looking out for a campaign that would follow up the November 5th send your MP a copy of George Orwell's 1984.

How about the following as a standard letter to cut and paste.

Dear Sir or Madam

Members of Parliament published expenses

I am sure that you will agree with me that one of things that causes such lack of confidence in MP's is the constant attempts by Members of the House of Commons to claim for expenses at charge to the hard pressed taxpayer and then not to publish their expense accounts in full.

Personally I fail to understand why my employer and the HMRC require all expenditure to be properly receipted, yet members feel that they should not supply receipts for expenditure under £25.

Will you confirm to me that you will be following the commendable example of Douglas Carswell MP, who has made a public declaration that he will publish his expenses in full upto April 2009.

If you feel that is not something that you want to do, can you explain on what grounds you do not wish to follow Mr Carswell's example.

Yours Sincerely

A Constituent

If you would like to let us know at who you have written to and by St Valentine's day, Feb 14th we can send a Valentines card of shame to the House of Commons with all of those MP's who have ignored you, refused to give a commitment to publish, or fudged the issue. Remember that your MP is only required to respond to his Constituent, who is in effect his employer.

Please pass this on in your blog


Sunday, 18 January 2009

Quote of the day -- Ed Miliband

Government goon Ed Miliband on the economy...
for a dynamic economy we need markets not uanaccountable (sic) to government but regulated by them

Yes, of course, cos this mess we're in has nothing to do with the government...

You can read the rest of his ravings to the Fabian Society here.

It's a real eye opener into the delusions of our government.

Friday, 16 January 2009

The economy -- take action or do nothing?

Over at Labour List they have a 'nice' little video criticising Tory policy on the economy. They say...
This crisis requires action
Not just a lot of words

Yes, it's all very Batman and Robin...

But you see, this is the thing. Is this really true? Should we be taking action?

Cos while the Tories may be making a rubbish argument for doing nothing. A few others are making a very good argument for doing nothing.

Take ex-Quantum Fund Manager Jim Rogers for example. He has some very 'lazy' ideas on the economy...

So who do you believe...

The Labour Government or Jim Rogers?

Take action or do nothing?

No experience Brown or investment guru Rogers?

Bailout or bankruptcy?

£1 trillion in the red (minimum) or 4,200% return on investment over ten years?

It's a hard one -- real hard...

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Denninger on Hyperinflation

I'm a big fan of economy-blogger Karl Denninger. In fact -- I'm a big fan of many American economic pundits.

And I often think it's a testament to America that people like Denninger, Jim Rogers and Peter Schiff get some attention and air time over there.

While we here in miserable Britain are stuck with financial 'sages' like Robert Peston.

Anyway, to the point of this post...

This week Mr Denninger posted an interesting piece on printing money in America. And his view is that America won't face hyperinflation -- it will simply collapse...
Let's put this to rest right here and now.

"Hyperinflation", or even "Serious Inflation" (similar to what we had in the 1970s) is impossible without a means to transmit the rise in prices into wages.

In today's United States that simply cannot happen for two reasons:

* The union representation of workers has been eviscerated due to their own idiocy over the previous thirty years. In effect, they have no power to impact economic or labor policy - no matter what Gettlefinger thinks.
* Outsourcing of work to China, India, Mexico and other nations makes wage demands impossible for American workers to enforce. Such demands simply result in the loss of the job to overseas workers.

As a consequence a hyper-inflationary or even seriously-inflationary spiral is impossible to sustain.

What do you think? Could he be right? Will Britain face the same problem?

Possibly in America -- but not here me thinks.

Cos, as we all know, we have a socialist, union funded government. One might almost say a little like Zimbabwe.

Hyperinflation here we come...

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Herts meet up reminder -- Saturday 17th

Remember LPUK members are meeting up in Rickmansworth this weekend -- Saturday 17th.

It's at the Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty pub near Chorleywood tube station. Members will be meeting up from 12:30 onwards.

If you are not a member of the LPUK but interested in finding out more you are more than welcome to pop along.

For more details and a map please see the original post.

We hope to see you there.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Freedomain Radio on Terrorism

You may remember this guy from this scandal. Straight from the Daily Mail of course -- where else...

Anyway, I thought I would share his thoughts on terrorism and the state with you. Just so you can see what a 'fruit cake' he is -- of course...

Saturday, 10 January 2009

London meet up success

The meet up at the Rose and Crown in London was a great success on Thursday.

In all about 10 people showed up throughout the night. And this included some non-members which was great to see.

Drinks of every kind were enjoyed by all. And discussion was had on everything from 'Israel' right through to some rather terrible thoughts on Gordon Brown. Terrible for Gordon, that is.

We will be doing the same again in February. So if you're interested please pop along.

And remember -- next weekend there is a meet up in Hertfordshire. So if you can't wait until February why not join the LPUK there.

Thanks to everyone who came. And we hope to see you again soon.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

London meet up reminder

Just a quick note to remind everyone we are meeting up at the Rose and Crown pub tomorrow night (Jan 8th) from 6pm.

Here's the map again.

And click here for the original post.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Vaclav Klaus as EU President refuses to be bullied

As the Czech Republic takes over the rotating European Union presidency, Czech President Vaclav Klaus lays out his thoughts for the next 6 months as the comic Napoleonic style of the diminutive French President Nicholas Sarkozy is finally cast aside.

Klaus makes very clear that he will not be pushed or bullied by the Righteous in Brussels, not will he succumb to the kind of threat that was all to visible with the Commission's last visit to the Czech Republic where he refused to fly the EU flag in preference to his own National flag.

I have a good deal of respect for this man who knows only too well what the slide into an authoritarian super state will mean, not just for his own Czech countrymen, but for all of the 'citizens' of this fabricated Western model of the USSR.

The next 6 months of the Czech EU Presidency will be a telling one, but probably more than anything it will show everyone just how intolerant the political elite in Brussels has become as their end game is nearly in sight, and will employ every dirty trick in the book to limit the Klaus effect.

This attempt to undermine Klaus has already begun as highlighted for us by Longrider, and as he shows, they are already clearly rattled.

It is clear that Vaclav Klaus will upset a lot of people in Brussels, but we can be certain that this man of the people will stand proud for us all.

You can read this Vision for Europe by Vaclav Klaus, 'Do not tie the markets, Free them', in the FT here.

We wish Mr Klaus good fortune in this most difficult role that he has undertaken.

Petition on Prostitution

A petition has been started on the website in opposition to the government's proposals on prostitution...
The right of people in this country to decide by mutual agreement whether and under what conditions they consent to sexual intercourse is fundamental. In particular, it has never been illegal to pay for consensual sex since at least as far back as Magna Carta.

The government are now proposing to criminalise men who pay for sex for the first time in this country's history. That would constitute a radical change in the legal position for which the government has no electoral mandate, since the policy at the time of the 2005 general election was to legalise brothels operated by a small number of sex workers.

We therefore call upon the government to obtain a mandate from the electorate before introducing any bill on prostitution.

While we all know these petitions make little difference to government policy. Because they couldn't care less about us plebs. It may help advertise the issue and spark some debate in the MSM.

I ask all liberal minded people to sign this petition. Because in any free and fair society people should be able to practice love and trade as they wish.

And because a legal, licensed industry will be much safer for sex workers.

Monday, 5 January 2009

LPUK Herts meet up -- Jan 17th

Members of the LPUK from in and around Hertfordshire will be meeting up on Saturday January 17th.

They will convene on the aptly named Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty pub near Rickmansworth between 12:30 and 13:00.

The nearest station is Chorleywood tube -- on the Metropolitan line. Or Junction 17 of the M25.

Here's a map for anyone who needs it.

It should be fun -- well it was last time...

We hope to see you there.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Secret LibLab coalition government being discussed

Have the LibDems taken leave of their senses? Is their leadership stark raving mad?

Peter Oborne reports today that secret talks have already begun between Labour and Liberal Democrat figures about a possible coalition. He reports that as a sweetener to any possible deal the Labour Whips office is already drumming up support for Ming Campbell as the next Speaker.

Are certain senior LibDem members so bent on attaining power that they can seriously be considering a pact with the most authoritarian government this country has ever seen?.

Oborne points to an article by Vince Cable suggesting that a national government might not be a bad idea and says:

"Throughout all my years of reporting politics I have rarely encountered such a blatant hint by a senior politician from an opposition party that he wants a job in government  -  and all the signs are that Gordon Brown is warming to the idea of Vince Cable as Chancellor of the Exchequer in a government of national unity.

However, the position of Nick Clegg (Cable's boss) is much less clear. I understand that Vince Cable's public musings about a coalition government were emphatically not sanctioned in advance by his leader. Furthermore, insiders speak of a growing split inside the Liberal Democrats over the issue."

It is apparently Cable and Ming Campbell, who are pushing for this deal. If Clegg were to go along with it, I suspect he would split his party.

Can the Libertarian wing of the LibDems honestly feel that they could back such a move by the power hungry Cable. I can see the logic in promoting Campbell to the role of speaker, but Cable as Chancellor?

However, there is a younger generation of LibDems who are very hostile to this idea of a coalition with Labour. As a result, Nick Clegg faces a very difficult few months.

As Oborne points out those in favour of an "arrangement" within the Lib Dems are "on the whole, the older and more Left-leaning members of the party."

The Libertarian Party (LPUK) is ready to open its doors to those Libertarian minded LibDem members who finally realise that there is no room for them and reform of the LibDems is impossible.

Meanwhile, Gordon Brown, who is being closely advised on this matter by Peter Mandelson, is not only contemplating a grand coalition in the event of a hung parliament after the next election, but Brown is also ready to consider heading a national government in the coming months in the event of the economic situation getting worse.

Indeed, as the financial crisis deteriorates, this momentous decision may come sooner than he expects, but a Churchill he is not. (we understand what all the Churchillian propaganda was for!)

Beware the Ides of March. There is much political intrigue afoot.

Hattip Coffee House

Thursday, 1 January 2009

LPUK South East meet up at Rose and Crown, Southwark -- Jan 8th

As usual members of the LPUK South East will be meeting up in the Rose and Crown, Southwark, this month. The date is Thursday, January 8th, from 6pm onwards.

It's always a nice relaxed affair. So if you're not a member yet but are interested to find out more about the party or liberal politics please pop along.

For those of you who are new to this event I've done a nice google map to show you where the pub is. The best stations are either Blackfriars or Southwark tube.

And if, when you get there, you can't find us either ask for us at the bar -- the landlady knows who we are. Or look out for these two disreputable characters.

Party Leader Ian PJParty Member Rob W

We look forward to seeing you there.