Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Austrian Economics at the ASI

Tomorrow (Thursday) members of the South East Branch of the LPUK will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Southwark. So if you're available please pop along -- everyone is welcome.

However if you are unable to make tomorrow night's fun you may be interested in attending a talk at the ASI next Tuesday.

The talk is being given by James Tyler and is on "Austrian Economics and Real World Capitalism".

The event starts at 6pm, but the talk probably won't begin until about 6:30 - 7:00. It should be really interesting as it is on Austrian Economics and of course the ASI usually put on some free wine.

So if you are free please come along -- it will be good to see you.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

South East meet up in Berkshire -- October 4th

There will be a pub meeting in Windsor for the Berkshire county on Sunday the 4th of October at 4pm at the Royal Oak. All Berkshire members are welcome to come.

Here is a map...


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Thursday, 24 September 2009

LPUK South East meet up -- October 1st

The South East branch of the LPUK will be having their monthly drinks meet up at the Rose and Crown in Southwark next Thursday -- October 1st.

We will be there from 6:30 until late and all are welcome to attend. So if you are interested in finding out more about the party feel free to come along.

In addition our meet up will be the night before the Irish are forced for a second time to vote on the Lisbon treaty. We believe therefore the meet up will provide a perfect opportunity to toast democracy and a "No" vote in Ireland on October 2nd.

Here is a map and if on arrival you cannot find us simply ask at the bar and the Land Lady will point you in the right direction...


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Thursday, 17 September 2009

South East Activists' Group

To help the LPUK South East branch campaign and promote the party in the run up to the next election we have set up a Google group for activists.

The group will keep all interested people up to date with our campaigns, candidates and how you can help us out.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the party and helping us promote the cause of liberty you can sign up here.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Election Fund

From the reams of paperwork received over the weekend from the Electoral Commission on the need for weekly reporting for the campaign for the next General Election that has to be held by 3rd June 2010, has already started.

We need to keep the funds rolling in and thank you for all your donations to date.

Fighting any election is a huge financial effort.

Please donate direct to our election fund:

40-28-20 92635313
or
Donate here


If you are a member put your surname and membership number so it can be accounted for properly. If you want to donate to the South East branch specifically, just let us know and it can be arranged.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Question Time on Civil Liberties

This is incredibly short notice -- due to a very late invite. However if you live in the South London/Surrey -- specifically Epsom -- area this may be of interest to you...

Gavin Webb crosses floor to join Libertarian Party


PRESS RELEASE


COUNCILLOR GAVIN WEBB OF STOKE ON TRENT CITY COUNCIL RESIGNS FROM THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND JOINS THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY (LPUK)

Gavin Webb, who was selected as the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Burton in 2008 and elected as a Lib Dem councillor on Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2007, has today announced that he has resigned from the Liberal Democrats.

He says: "I have made a good many friends in my fourteen years of activism in the Liberal Democrats and I hope that those friendships will continue, but regretfully I have decided to resign from the Liberal Democrats.

"The party, like the Conservative and Labour parties, has become a party of the establishment. It has unfortunately firmly wedded itself to the belief that there are primarily government solutions to the problems facing our country, and in the process, they are adopting policies that undermine our rights and freedoms as individuals.

"As far as I can see, most political parties in the UK appear to trust individuals when it comes to voting for councillors, MPs and MEPs, but once comfortably in power they are reluctant to trust individuals when it comes to them making choices about their own lives.

"There is however one political party - the Libertarian Party - that believes in giving responsibility back to individuals over their own lives and their own finances; and it is this party that I have now decided to join.

"We are on the road of authoritarianism, where government is our ruler rather than us being the ruler of our government. It is time for each and every single one of us to make a stand against government and those who feed off it, and demand the reduction of its size and scope.

"From what I've seen from many Lib Dem parliamentarians and councillors I don't believe the Liberal Democrat Party has the inclination to argue for smaller government in defence of our individual rights.

"Though there are some good classical liberal and libertarian types in the party, with whom I hope to continue to have a good relationship, their voices are crowded out by people who believe it perfectly okay to dictate to people how they should live their lives. I don't wish any longer to be a part of that.

"As an active member of the Libertarian Party, I will campaign to inform people that there are more voluntary, rather than coercive ways in which to influence positive outcomes for themselves, their families and the wider community. I hope to impress upon people that though there may be a need for government of some sort, it doesn't have to be government of the size and expense we see today.

Libertarian Party Leader Ian Parker- Joseph said

It has been a pleasure over the past months to speak with Gavin on numerous occasions, and following a meeting with him last month can attest to his personal commitment to the libertarian values on which he was elected, a man of honour, integrity and a passion for doing the right thing for his constituents.

I am therefore very pleased on behalf of The Libertarian Party to welcome Gavin Webb into the only party that wholly and uniquely stands for libertarian ideals in the UK.

I know that there is a great sadness from Gavin that the Liberal Democrat leadership were unable to rise to the challenge of veering away from the belief that the State has the answers to all our ills. It is a sadness shared by many.

In that light I hope that there are many more who now see the time as right to make the same changes that Gavin Webb has undertaken, not just from the Lib Dems but also those in the Conservative Libertarian wing who are unsuccessfully looking for reforms that will never come, and instead to look to a party that believes in libertarianism as a way of life, rather than one which merely gives lip service to it.

The Libertarian Party is here to stay, and new members such as Gavin Webb can only enhance the message that his constituents so clearly wanted to hear, and that Gavin Webb is living on their behalf.

Libertarian Party Chairman Andrew Withers said-

"Whilst we have a number of Parish and Town Councillors, Gavin is the first City Councillor that has crossed the floor to a truly Radical Party, one that wants to change the relationship between State and the Individual to the point where the State is subordinate to the will of the people, not the people subordinate to the will of the State.


Furthermore, the Libertarian Party argues that State should be small and accountable.

"We welcome Gavin, and hope that his decision will galvanise other Libertarians in other parties to join with us on the long march back to individual Liberty."

ENDS

Gavin Webb Can Be Contacted On 07949 026660

Libertarian Party (LPUK) 0845 299 7650

Email Contact@lpuk.org

ENDS



I have long maintained that the doors of LPUK would remain firmly open to anyone who wanted to stop, take a step back and realise that trying to reform the existing Big Parties in the ways of Libertarianism was like banging ones head on a brick wall.


This is a door that Gavin has chosen to walk through, and I sincerely hope that with his brave first move, it will galvanise others who have been sitting on the fence watching, waiting to see who would be the first.


We have well formed policies, we put the people before vested interests, we put people before the wishes of the establishment and the EU, and the consistency of our policies means that we will not be issuing new policy documents every week as we see from the Conservatives and LibDems.


We are not fooled by the PR work of Cameron, the flip flopping of Clegg nor the increasingly desperate pronouncements from Downing St. We are clear and concise in what needs to be done for the UK, for its peoples to be free from government interference, to be free of daily suspicions, to be free from surveillance, to be free from privateers acting under legislative protection to levy and fine for every infringement of draconian rules, but to be able to live their lives as each sees fit to do so.


Gavin Webb has taken the first steps, we will be looking to you, your friends, family and neighbours to follow him in taking the next steps and making the Libertarian party a real political force in the UK.




Tuesday, 8 September 2009

New appointment to South East Branch Committee

Announcement on the South East Branch Committee republished from main site.

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Today the South East Branch of the LPUK formally announce the appointment of Max Andronichuck as Campaigns Officer.

This is a new role for the Branch and it has been introduced with the aim of converting our large supporter base in the South East into an effective campaign fighting machine.

Max will take responsibility for advancing the LPUK's public profile in the South East region. Along with organising events and campaigns to help elect Party members to public office within the region.

The South East Branch Committee believe Max is an excellent addition to the team as he has shown great enthusiasm for the party, its aims and the fight for liberty generally. We believe he will help drive us forward as we aim to organise effective campaigns in the run up to the next election.

We hope the membership will show their full support for Max in his new role. And will work with him to help make the United Kingdom a more liberal place.

To find out a little more about Max please read his biography. And if you wish to contact Max about anything you can email him at Max.Andronichuk@lpuk.org.

Members will get the opportunity to validate Max's appointment and the appointment of all other committee members at the first South East Branch AGM to be held in October -- details to follow shortly.

Robert Waller
LPUK South East Branch Chairman

Friday, 4 September 2009

Network of Government Operated NGOs divert £1.1bn for political indoctrination

Network of Government Operated Non Governmental Organisations divert £1.1bn for political indoctrination.

Fake Aid - How foreign aid is being used to support the self-serving political activities of NGOs. A highly detailed and scathing report by the IPN (International Policy Network), an independent think tank has now exposed this massive misuse of taxpayers funds.

The Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation is a Gongo. So is Nashi, a Russian youth group, and the Sudanese Human Rights Organization. Saudi Arabia’s International Islamic Relief Organization is also a gongo, as is Chongryon, the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. Gongos are everywhere, in China, Cuba, France, Tunisia, and even the United Kingdom.

Gongos are government-operated non-governmental organizations. Behind this contradictory and almost laughable tongue twister lies an important and growing global trend that deserves more scrutiny, as the UK government increases the funding and control of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) stealthily.

Some gongos are benign, others irrelevant. But many, including those mentioned above, are dangerous. Some act as the thuggish arm of repressive governments. Others use the practices of democracy to subtly undermine democracy at home as is the case with the DfID funding of Gongo's in the UK. Abroad, the gongos lobby the United Nations, OECD and other international institutions, often posing as representatives of citizen groups with lofty aims when, in fact, they are nothing but agents of the governments that fund them. Gongos are embedded deep into society and are used to advance ideological interests.

In the UK the government have set up a network of Gongos and Fake Charities under the guise of the DfID (Department for International Development) which are used almost entirely at taxpayers expense to politically indoctrinate children, lobby governments (both at home and abroad) and promote government ideological policy through bans and forced changes to lifestyle choices.

The Libertarian Party has long highlighted the use of Fake Charities, ostensibly charitable organisations who lobby government on behalf of concerned citizens groups, which are majority funded by government, such as ASH and Alcohol Concern to name but two, but these revelations with regards to NGO's and Gongos is a stunning misuse of funds for political indoctrination. What is even more concerning is that the Conservative Party have already announced that they intend to increase the funding further.

A highly detailed and scathing report by the IPN (International Policy Network), an independent think tank has now exposed this massive misuse of taxpayers funds, diverting massive financial support to Unions and in particular the National Union of Teachers for political indoctrination of our children. 87 PER CENT of funded programmes are aimed at kids or students.

What it shows is effectively a huge network of organisations laundering taxpayers money for political purposes. Partnership Programme Arrangements (PPA's) transfer hundreds of millions of pounds to mainly hand-picked NGOs in unrestricted funds. This includes groups like ActionAid who campaign explicitly against free trade.

What we find absolutely incredulous however, is that the Conservative party not only know about this abuse of taxpayers funds, but intend to increase it when they take power. Under the banner of One World Conservatism, the Conservative Policy Green Paper No.11 begins "Our vision for international development, as in other areas of policy, is to achieve progressive aims through Conservative means". In translation that means more of the same with a slightly different propaganda slant.

The conservative document goes on: “We will retain the present system of Partnership Programme Agreements (PPAs) through which DFID supports leading NGOs and development organisations. As far as possible we will link funding increases to evidence of effectiveness and results, rewarding good performance and ensuring our aid achieves the most it possibly can.” P. 24 Conservative Party. 2009. One World Conservatism: A Conservative Agenda for International Development.

Ian Parker-Joseph, Libertarian Party leader said: "The use of taxpayer funds in this way is both immoral and bordering on the illegal. Under no circumstances will a Libertarian government allow taxpayers to fund any organisation that is using part or all of its funding for political purposes or for political lobbying, and we would call on all other political parties to issue such an undertaking. To see the Conservative Party add its approval to these underhand schemes is disappointing, although not unexpected given the current progressive direction of the conservative party under Cameron".

The IPN press release highlights the following:

Recipients of this money include trade unions and other partisan political organisations in the UK. Examples include:

£1.2 million given to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) since 2003 for activities including: lobbying, hiring new staff and an “international buffet and wine” event to celebrate “International Women’s Day” in the UK. DfID also paid the TUC to hold lessons in how to apply for DfID funds.

£300,000 to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to “enable them [teachers] to become global agents of change”.

The creation of fake NGOs such as “Connections for Development” (CfD), supposedly a forum for black and ethnic minorities to engage “on issues relating to international development.” DfID created and is the only donor to CfD, providing it with £600,000 in its first two years, yet an independent review questioned “the purpose of the organisation.”

£10 million spent flying poor Brits to poor countries to work for free.

IPN’s Julian Harris, one of the report’s authors, said “DfID often hand-picks the largest recipients, such as trade unions, behind closed doors. This smacks of cronyism.”

The report highlights the waste of DfID funds on political campaigning while a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria in poor countries.

“The money DfID is wasting in this year alone could in principle treat 230 million people suffering from malaria,” concluded Harris.

Please read the detailed report here.

The Libertarian Party Press Release can be read here.