Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Rose and Crown reminder

This is just to remind everyone the Libertarian Party will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Southwark this Thursday.

We will be there from 6:30 and everyone is welcome to come along.

For more information, including a map, view this post.

And we hope to see you on Thursday.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Water meters for all in the South East

According to our completely impartial civil service everyone in the South East should be moved on to water meters because of climate doom...
Swimming pool owners, those with large gardens and those in areas prone to droughts should be moved onto water meters as a matter of urgency, with companies using satellite images from Google Earth and aerial photographs to ascertain heavy water users.

These are just some of the recommendations put forward by Anna Walker, a leading civil servant, in her 220-page interim report into domestic water bills, commissioned by the Department for the Environment.

It warns that all families should brace themselves for "substantially higher" water bills over the coming decade, as Britain's water supply steadily falls because of climate change.
Lavatories with large cisterns and large shower heads should be banned from being sold
The report also believes that everyone in the south east, south west and areas of low rainfall should be moved onto meters, potentially pushing up bills for large families substantially.

It seems that as soon as the sun put his hat on nowadays out come all the climate alarmists. Does anyone remember last summer? Washout springs to mind.

It's just so nice to know the state will use any old hypothesis to recommend the further erosion of our civil liberties.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Iran -- A diplomatic crisis out of hot air...

It seems from out of nothing we have created a full scale diplomatic row with Iran...
David Miliband says he is "deeply concerned" about the arrest of the British embassy workers and has demanded their immediate release.

Reports say at least eight Iranian staff members were detained on charges of involvement in the country's political unrest.

The Foreign Secretary said he believed nine local staff had been arrested, but some have since been released.

He says the arrests are "harassment and intimidation of a kind which is quite unacceptable".

"At the moment our top priority is the position of our locally engaged staff, who we want to see released, unharmed and back at work," he said.

One has to ask how this situation has arisen. Has Iran threatened Britain in any way? Has it threatened anyone else? Nope, not as far as I'm aware.

This diplomatic debacle has come about thanks to the desire of some to preach about other country's internal affairs.

Let's look at a couple of examples. First the G8...
We deplore post-electoral violence which led to the loss of lives of Iranian civilians and urge Iran to respect fundamental human rights including freedom of expression and ensured by the international treaties it has ratified.

And now Gordon Brown using slightly subtler language to get the same point across...
We want a very good relationship with the Iranians, we also respect the fact that it's for the Iranian people themselves to choose who their government is.

But when there is a sign of repression or where there is violence that's affecting ordinary people in the streets, we have a duty to speak out and to say we want Iran to be part of the world, we don't want Iran to be isolated from the world.

The question here is, why bother? Nothing can be achieved by this sort "holier than thou" rhetoric. Ultimately it will be Iranians who resolve this crisis -- no-one else.

Also it's debatable whether Mousavi -- 'the good guy' -- would be much of an improvement for Iran. So again -- why bother?

All we've done here is heighten tensions between ourselves and Iran. And what good does that do? Absolutely none.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. We must return to a sensible, non-interventionist foreign policy because anything else just causes trouble.

And if you find that view objectionable I ask you to consider these fine words from Ron Paul...
I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone violence, much less the violence that governments are only too willing to mete out to their own citizens, I am always very cautious about “condemning” the actions of governments overseas. As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, I have always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives. I have always hesitated when my colleagues rush to pronounce final judgment on events thousands of miles away about which we know very little. And we know very little beyond limited press reports about what is happening in Iran.
I adhere to the foreign policy of our Founders, who advised that we not interfere in the internal affairs of countries overseas. I believe that is the best policy for the United States, for our national security and for our prosperity. I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions.

Welwyn Garden City -- lunatic drugs conviction

This is truly ridiculous...
A 20-year-old university student has been sentenced to eight months in a young offenders institution for supplying cannabis to his circle of friends.

Matthew Jubb, 20, who was due to begin a course at Hertfordshire University, admitted dealing what was then a class C drug, after cannabis and other drug dealing paraphernalia was found at his parents' home.

This is unbelievable. It is a complete waste of a prison space. But it gets worse -- this is what the judge said...
The courts take a dim view of dealing cannabis and I am satisfied despite the mitigation that your offence is so serious that neither a fine or community order is justifiable.

What planet are we living on? This guy's life has been ruined for what? Has he shot anyone, has he caused anyone any harm? No. He has sold something to people that wanted it.

So what is "so serious" about that? Nothing.

We really need to grow up about drugs in this country. We're never going to stop people taking them. And this sort of thing is just damaging the lives of people for no reason at all.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Rose and Crown Meet Up -- July 2nd

Yes it's that time of the month again. Time to remind you we will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Southwark next Thursday -- July 2nd.

Thankfully there are no strikes or Euro elections to worry about this month. So hopefully we will be able to enjoy some nice weather, good conversation and the odd drink hassle free.

As usual we'll be there from about 6:30. Everyone is welcome and if you can't find us on arrival ask at the bar -- the land lady knows who we are.

Here is a map...

View Rose and Crown -- Southwark in a larger map

And we hope to see you next week.

Monday, 22 June 2009

A Vision of the Future

There will be no parliament at Westminster, all elections will be for local or European elections.

The Houses of Parliament will be turned into a museum.

There will be no prime minister anymore

Our regional overlord will be Lord Mandelson

The regime will be that of a police state

Is this what Britain wants?

Is it what you want?

If not then dont vote for the main three parties because they have signed up to this vision and are hell bent on making it happen.

Is this the legacy you want to give to your children?

Join LPUK link

Phone 0845 299 7650

Friday, 19 June 2009

Anne Maine -- It goes on and on...

Seems my local trougher really can't help herself. So much has been revealed about the 'Little Miss Piggy' of St Albans that you really couldn't imagine it getting any worse for her.

But then I am wrong on a lot of things...
UNPUBLISHED details of St Albans MP Anne Main's expenses have gone on-line this morning, revealing she has claimed for calling cards, posters and door-to-door delivery.
in February 2008 Mrs Main claimed for £1,647, paid to the Royal Mail for delivering literature to nearly 34,000 homes.

In September 2007, she claimed £1,247 for personal calling cards and a further £549 for 1,000 posters.

Oh, and it gets worse...
ST ALBANS MP Anne Main has been reimbursed the cost of filling in her tax return through her parliamentary expenses, expense details published on-line today reveal.

In January 2008 she claimed £558 including VAT as an accountancy bill for completing her self-assessment form.

She has also claimed £32 a month for hire of a Blackberry communication device, £881 for website maintenance, the cost of periodicals including The Times, The Guardian, The Sun, The Mail, the Spectator and The Economist, and £19.50 for the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

She has also claimed regular sums of £200 or £300 paid to the local Conservative Party branch, described as shared accommodation and support costs.

Now, I imagine the above is 'within the rules'. But I'm not sure I feel happy about my money being spent on Tory propaganda. And paying to fill in her tax return does kind of stick in the throat.

As I've said before. People of St Albans it's time to kick her out.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

More corruption from BoJo the Mayor

It just doesn't stop. The corruption among our political class has infected every level of government. Should we be surprised...

And it seems that BoJo has been caught out again. One has to consider how good a judge of character he is...
Boris Johnson was furious today as it was revealed that one of his deputies used a City Hall credit card to upgrade flights and pay for meals and groceries.

Ian Clement bought business class travel for himself and a colleague on a British Airways flight to the Beijing Olympics weeks after the Mayor said he was going to fly economy to the Games.

Mr Clement also used the card to pay for lunches and dinners with fellow Conservatives and a £700 meal in New York.

The deputy mayor for “government and external relations”, had the card confiscated earlier this month.

Now, I'll happily admit this is not a particularly heinous example of expenses abuse. But once again it crosses the line of what ordinary workers would get away with.

It's a continuation of the "one rule for us, another rule for everyone else" attitude that is destroying faith in our political institutions.

The sad thing is all the MEP and Councilor scandals still have to come out. Seems this will drag on and on and on...

Monday, 15 June 2009

Dan Hannan's 2009 EU election results speech

I may be a little late on this one but I was watching Freedom Watch last night and they mentioned Dan Hannan's EU election results speech.

So I traked it down on YouTube and I must say -- it's brilliant. If you haven't seen it yet here you go...

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Meet up reminder -- tomorrow (Thursday) at Rose and Crown

This is just to remind everyone that despite the best efforts of our socialist friend Bob Crow the Libertarian Party will still be meeting at the Rose and Crown tomorrow night (Thursday 11th).

We will be there from about 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome apart from the Government and Bob Crow.

Remember if you can't find us on arrival -- ask at the bar.

And we hope to see you tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Another reminder..

To give us the opportunity to give you the chance to put a cross next to Libertarian Party, we need donations. Just a small donation counts for a lot - We aren't bankrolled by offshore millionaires or corrupt unions.

To donate to the Libertarian Party South East specifically, email donate@lpuk.org and make sure you say you want your money to go to the South East branch. Every little really does help.

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BNP and free speech

"Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear."

- George Orwell

Let's make this clear, the BNP are a repellent, racist party of the old fashioned national socialist left, who's views I have no sympathy for. But this, despite the Labour Party's best efforts, is a free country, and in a free country tolerance cuts both ways. Sometimes, tolerance means tolerating the intolerant.

The fact that an individual or party may not uphold these rights does not mean they have in anyway ceded these freedoms. On Sunday we saw a band of thugs, in the guise of uniting against fascism, physically preventing (a now elected) representative from entering the election count in Manchester. Today we saw Nick Griffin pelted with eggs.

This really the depths of British politics - 'right-wing' racists and left-wing thugs fighting for attention. They are two sides of the same intolerant socialist coin, the yin and yang of authoritarianism. We Libertarians are (rightly) quick to point out the authoritarian course in which our current government are taking us. These events both put this in perspective, but also serves to issue a warning - imagine if the New Labour levers of power aren't pulled by Jacqui Smith or David Blunkett, but by Nick Griffin or Unite Against Fascism.

As much as we dislike the way in which Labour abuse the powers they have accumulated, the real worry is these powers coming into the hands of real 'fascists'

Monday, 8 June 2009

South East EU Elections -- Some Thoughts

Well it was all rather interesting last night. Labour got trounced again. In the East of England they came 4th and in the South East 5th -- behind the Greens. Will Gordon hang on? Probably.

On a national level we're about to send our first BNP/national-SOCIALIST MEPs to the EU. I have a feeling they will fit in well. Also unlike the political elite I'm not too concerned about people electing national-SOCIALISTS as I happen to believe in freedom of speech and democracy.

However what was a little surprising was how well the Euro-sceptic vote performed in the SE and EoE. It suggests that these areas may be a little less 'metropolitan' in their views than you might think. Or at least they're not so 'metropolitan' that they like the EU.

If you look at the vote about 30% of the electorate in the SE and EoE voted for parties explicitly opposed to the EU. And that's excluding the many Euro-sceptics who voted Conservative.

Overall I think we can conclude a few things from last night's result. First it's confirmed our next government will be Tory. Second Labour will most probably be trounced. They may even finish third.

And finally -- and most importantly -- the electorate have sent a great big NO to the EU. Which I think means David Cameron, when he becomes Prime Minister, has to give us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty regardless of its status. And possibly even a vote on the EU itself.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Support LP South East - Donate today

The votes are yet to be counted, but this year's elections are over. This will hopefully be the last round of elections in which LPUK does not stand a significant number of candidates. But fighting elections costs time, money and effort, so please support LPSE however you can to make sure that we can give the electorate the choice they deserve.

We can only repeat the appeal for whatever you can spare.

The donation widget is now up and running on the blogs showing monies received since the appeal ten days ago.

Last year we set up a pledge bank in case of an Election. We would like to go down the same route again. The pledge will be called in on the morning that the GE is called.

Make your donation here or pledge by emailing donate@lpuk.org

PS. Congratulations to Andrew Hunt in Wisbech who yesterday became the first Libertarian Party candidate to stand for election. At time of writing the votes are being counted, but regardless of the votes received, Andrew has made a tremendous effort to promote LPUK, and will hopefully be the first of many flying the banner.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Anne Maine MP accosts tax payer for outing her

This is how my local MP, Anne Maine, reacted to the man who confirmed that she and her daughter had been fleecing the tax payer...
A NEIGHBOUR of MP Anne Main has told the Review she angrily confronted him for confirming that her daughter was living in her taxpayer-funded home, drawing her deep into the folds of the scandal surrounding parliamentary expenses.

Mark Hughes, who like Mrs Main lives in Samuel Square, Pageant Close, told the Review he was approached by the Tory MP telling him that he had "cost her her job" after he confirmed to national newspaper reporters that her daughter, Claire Tonks, had been living at her second home on a full-time basis, and that he had never seen the MP in the neighbourhood.

Mr Hughes - himself jobless since being made redundant in January - said Mrs Main, whose main home is in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, spotted him speaking to journalists on Thursday, May 21, the day after Mrs Main's claims had been highlighted in the Review and the day before they featured prominently in the Daily Telegraph.

There is only one word for this behaviour -- DISGRACE.

Anne Maine is a disgrace. The reality is that the only person who has cost Anne Maine her 'job'* is Anne Maine.

If Anne Maine hadn't been fleecing the tax payer so she could house her daughter for free she would not be in this position.

Anne Maine simply must go. She is arrogant and clearly believes that she deserves all the perks she can get from the 'job' -- at our expense.

People of St Albans do the right thing -- KICK HER OUT!

* Some people might call it a vocation

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

South East Meet Up Reminder -- June 11th

This is just to remind everyone we are NOT meeting up tomorrow -- Thursday June 4th. We ARE meeting up next week Thursday June 11th.

This is because of the elections tomorrow. And we hope you will go out and vote against all the pro-European and socialist parties standing.

So next week we'll be at Rose and Crown, in Southwark, from 6.30 as usual. Here's a map, everyone is welcome and we hope to see you next week.

View Rose and Crown -- Southwark in a larger map

Repeal Before Reform -- join the group

Are you on Facebook, had enough of politicians throwing their hands up and proclaiming "We can change, just give us one more chance, we'll reform the system..."

Does this sound like you? If it does you should join the Libertarian Party's Repeal Before Reform group on Facebook.

The group has been set up to demand the repeal of all draconian laws before any reform is enacted...
In the UK there is an urgent need to step back from the Police State and Big Brother government and return those rights and Liberties already lost to the public. That need has not gone away simply because politicians have been caught with their fingers in the taxpayer till.

LPUK drafted a programme of repeal of the draconian laws that are needed before we start messing with the constitution that we should all campaign for.

We must not let talk of reform smother or sideline the issue of lost rights. We must not let discredited politicians fudge and shape the agenda to suit themselves.

Repeal before Reform.

Join today and tell Big Brother where he can stick it.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Interview in Politics.co.uk

Thought I would point you in the direction of the Libertarian Party's first main stream political interview.

It was done by Ian Dunt of Politics.co.uk on our humble leader Ian PJ...
Right wing but socially liberal: Could the Libertarian party leader pick up the spoils of the expenses scandal on June 4th?

In the future this will be called the expenses election. Even candidates for the local elections can't get enough of it. And with so many members of the public obsessing over MPs' duck houses or house extensions those involved in the local elections can't afford to not have a view.

Ian Parker-Joseph, leader of the newly-formed Libertarian party, has a different attitude to most politicians, who have concentrated on proving how serious they are with promises of constitutional change.

"This particular frenzy about constitutional reforms is very much a red herring," he says. "As a party we would be looking for repeal of the many laws which have taken away our rights and liberties before we even discuss reform."

Good to see we're beginning to get some attention from the media. Well done Ian. And thanks must go to Ian Dunt.