Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Lifestyle seminar with Yaron Brook at the ASI [Jan]

Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute is giving a Seminar at the Adam Smith Institute in January

Judging by the seminars title ("How to be a Rational Egoist") this is not a political talk, but Yaron Brook is a great speaker and I'm certain members will find the content enjoyable and useful on a personal level.

It takes place on the 26th January in central London.

Full details at the ASI.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Branch update

It's been quiet on the blog for ten days now, so its about time there was a little update. It's not as if there isn't anything happening!

The new leader, Andrew Withers has made it clear that the beginning of 2011 is a period of consolidation for the Party with internal structures his top priority. He's working hard to ensure the Party activism is focused in the right places and the South East branch is working hard on his agenda.

The biggest thing on the plate for South East activists is the national web site rebuild. There is a lot of communication to handle behind the scenes and preparatory work is starting. As you'd expect from an area including London, the largest contribution is from our branch.

Max and Rob are actively working to improve email communication while your branch committee and local activists give input into the feature set and platform considerations. We want to make this a compelling busy site which will act as a front door to Libertarian politics in the UK. Ken's vision on this is spot on!

If you want to contribute nationally or locally, then please come along to the Rose and Crown on 6th January and let us know. You can also find us online. See you soon!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Upcomming event- Trillion Pound Horror discussion

Picked up a flier for yesterday at Cobden centre party for an event happening next Tuesday 14th December.

Director Martin Durkin, Mark Littlewood of the IEA, Eamonn Butler of the ASI and Allister Heath of City AM will be having a panel discussion on the recent TV show Britain's Trillion Pound Horror Story

Location: Thatcher room, Portcullis House, 5-6:30pm

RSVP: jeanpaul.floru@parliament.uk

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Future plans for SE branch

Volunteers wanted!

After discussing with Simon this evening, the following activities are being planned:

1) Website redesign- this is the party' biggest issue at the moment. New Comms director Ken Ferguson has stated he has some ideas and I am getting in touch with him to arrange a 'coding day' to sort this out. Any member who are IT geeks (that'll be most of us!) and are willing to help out get in touch with us and we will let you know what is happening.

2) January meetup- The monthly get together at the Rose and Crown will take place on Thursday 7th. I'd like to have a brainstorming session beforehand (from 6:30pm) to discuss ideas for leaflets and posters, and what our platform should be for the local elections in May. If anyone who can't make it into London has ideas they want brought up let us know.

3) Oldham by-election- it looks like this is going to happen some point in January. Any members interested in a 'road trip' to go campaigning on behalf of Gregg Beaman let us know, if there are enough volunteers we are going to arrange a minibus up there.

As we are still waiting for our official party e-mail addresses, if you are interested in any of these events either leave a comment on this post with your full name, or send Simon or myself a message on Twitter

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Upcomming event- How free market and liberal is UKIP? An interview with UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

If you're not a subscriber to the IEA's newsletter, here's an event they are hosting which may be of interest:

How free market and liberal is UKIP? An interview with UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage has recently become leader of UK Independence Party for the second time. But where will his leadership take UKIP? Where does his party stand on taxation, the economy and free markets?

Find out in this fascinating session, as he is quizzed in a special face-to-face interview by Mark Littlewood - who will pose your questions on UKIP’s stance on liberalism, free markets and more.


For more info and to RSVP go here. Check out their other events, have some interesting book launches and discussions in the new year.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Hello from your local treasurer

My name is Simon Gibbs and I was confirmed Treasurer for the South East Region at the Party's AGM. By way of introduction, the following is adapted from the speech I gave in support of my candidacy.

I've followed the progress of LPUK for 2 years via the blogs and signed up just over a year ago. That was triggered by my desire be active promoting Libertarianism, assisting Rob Waller in St Albans in October 2009.

The Fabian ideas which permeate each of the major parties resemble a giant vat of toxic waste with the rivets of its walls rusting and it's sides ready to burst. In order to stop the inevitable destruction which these ideas will lead to they must be actively opposed and rational sustainable policies must be promoted in their place. This is a massive long term effort and I believe a Libertarian Party addresses the need for measurable progress along the way.

As a treasurer in a region, the official workload be light as finances are handled centrally at the moment. I will use the title as a platform from which to offer my help as a simple administrator. Recognizing that my own time is limited I've volunteered to focus on three simple things which I believe will help the party to gain momentum:

Transport

I will work with party candidates to identify their need for feet on the ground and price up transport deals which activists will be able to opt into. I have also volunteered to drive as required.

Creative projects

I will take on the arrangement of design and printing for leaflets and other products for use in election campaigns and membership drives.

Brainstorming and coordination

In order for the first two to have any meaning, there must be a range of purposeful activities taking place. The first step then, is to create a new forum for people with the ideas and enthusiasm for action to get together and make plans. I have seen and heard a lot of creativity and a lot of good ideas about what the party can do, and I'd love to see those things happening.

The plan is to invite people along 30 minutes early to the regular drinks at the Rose and Crown and talk there.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Dates for your diary

This Tuesday the Adam Smith Institute is launching Tim Worstall's new book Chasing Rainbows at Cass Business School, full details here.

Then on Thursday is the SE monthly meetup at Rose and Crown. If you haven't been before more info here .

The week after on the 9th the Cobden Centre is having a Christmas reception, with a speech by Steve Baker MP The event runs from 6.00-9.00pm, National Liberal Club, Number One Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1. To reserve your place email Dr. Helen Evans (hsevans@btinternet.com)

Hopefully see you at one or more of these events

UPDATED- So is more visible am including Simon's comment;

We'd like to kick off the session this week by following up on the actions and ideas shared at the AGM. Anyone likewise interested can join us at 1830. Follow the #lpuk tag on Twitter or ask the bar staff.

I don't want to make the evening any less fun, so we'll quit talking shop once non-members start to join us.

Changing of the guard

Following on from yesterday's AGM, it is my pleasure to announce the following elected offical of the South East branch structure. Due to work commitments, Rob Waller (right) has stepped down as regional coordinator and taken up the post of secretary.

Simon Gibbs (left) is the new SE treasurer. I'll leave it to him to introduce himself here fully in due time.

Which leave me. My name is Andy Janes, and I am the new SE regional coordinator. I am a microbiologist working in a central London hospital, and live in Chatham Kent. If you so desire you can follow me on Twitter here. I have been a party member since November 5th, 2009 and want to set out my aims for SE for the next year.

First off I'd like the thank Rob for his sterling work the last two years, he's done a great job keeping things going pretty much single handed and organising the monthly meetups.

I think the south east is pretty much our home territory, so it should be the most active branch. Our strategy for the next year should be twofold, to focus on 1) recruitment of new members, and 2) raising awareness of who we are and what we believe.

I really want to work on getting county level branches organised, if anyone is willing to be a coordinator for where they live let me know. I'm willing to double up for Kent and London until someone else is willing to take over.

Starting in the spring I'd like to have leafleting sessions throughout the SE, again I'm willing to kick things off round where I live and am willing to come top your town to do the same. Ideally I'd like a couple of bunnygirls to give out leaflets, but guess I'll have make do with what we've got!

Following on from this, I want to see monthly get together's throughout the southeast. Once we have a core group of half a dozen activists in each county we can then go down to the city and town level, and start thinking about the local elections. I've got a few ideas for a local platform I want to discuss with Tim Carpenter, so watch this space. We will do what we can to support anyone willing to stand, even if just as a paper candidate.

At a national level I think we should e joining campaigns with other groups where interests converge to help raise our profile. A good start would be to work on getting deposits for general elections abolished, this is something every small party from UKIP down to respect would be keen on.

Finally I want us to be out there making a moral case for limited government and our other core ideas. The current government isn't doing us any favours by presenting the cuts as being done as a necessity and not making the arguments for why a smaller state is desirable. That is what we should be doing, I foresee come 2015 there will be a major realignment of the Tory and lib dems and want us to be ready to form the core of a grouping of classical liberals, libertarians and so on. To to this we will need to be organised and have a positive message based on why freedom, personal choices and responsibility are better than statist solutions. (I want us not to be merely the voice of no!) I look forward to meeting you in all in the future.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Press Release - Andrew Withers new Party Leader

The Libertarian Party annual AGM and Conference is taking place today in London. The following press release was issued at 12.00 today.


Acceptance of Party Leader of the Libertarian Party by Andrew Withers

I would like to thank the Party for the confidence that it has shown in me in electing me unopposed. It is with regret that I cannot take up the post until we have resolved the the extraordinary decision by the Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable on the 12th November 2010 that he objects to me being Party Leader, Treasurer or Tea-boy in the Libertarian Party.

In his eyes I am unfit to do so without supervision from his department. Mr Cable was given until 4pm yesterday via his solicitors Osborne Clarke, to withdraw his extraordinary objection from the Bristol District Registry, as he has no powers in Law over the Libertarian Party according to both his own Counsel and Counsel that has volunteered its time on behalf of the Party. I have to tell you no such undertaking has been received, to use a phrase.

All that was received was a letter that informed me yesterday, it was up to me to withdraw this from the Court, being a very simple person I did not understand the logic of this. I was instructed by a District Judge to include all of the organisations here,in America, in South Africa, in France that I am an executive member of. This includes charitable, political, blogs etc etc. Vince Cable's boys just objected to the lot without fear or favour on the 12th November.

Liam Fox MP, my local MP asked to be kept informed of all developments following his attempts to get Mandelson and now Vince Cable to drop this sorry saga after nearly five years. Incredibly my friends, the District Judge ordered a telephone conference to be heard on Dec 3rd to settle the issues at dispute. Vince's boys so far have objected to the telephone conference call, and refused to comply with another Court Order. As a party that believes in the supremacy of the rule of law, it is only right and proper that we await the directions of the Court on December 3rd, and that Vince Cable explains to the Court the reasons why on grounds of national security, public safety or in the interests of democracy he can overturn the will of members of the Libertarian Party and Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

I will remain Leader Designate.

Why are we here, a very small band of Libertarians formed into a party that will never in my lifetime seize office under this benighted system called Parliamentary Democracy.
We are here because we are right in philosophy. In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down because  Stalinism and Communism had had its day and people wanted freedom, the banking crash built on a mountain of public debt has brought an end to bureaucratic socialism and public and private debt as a way of life.

Now is the age of Liberty, but it is going to be a long fight because vested interest from the three statist parties wish the merry go round to continue. Labour only just lost the election under a corrupt voting system, Con Demery is not going to last, and unless things change dramatically the Social Democrats are going to leave the crumpled warm bed of David Cameron into the soiled sheets of Labour, breaking promises as they go.

I am a Constitutionalist, I believe that none of us count because we have no recognition in Law as individuals because we have no Constitution. We are the neo serfs. The exchequer is broke, we are to be taxed out of recession, yet we are still fighting foreign wars and we are going to give Ireland £7Bn to save the eurozone ? Did anybody consult you ? Do you approve. Shut up- just give us the money.

How do they get away with this ? because the State has the monopoly of violence, we are all frightened of the State. Whereas the State should be frightened of us the voter.

De Menezes was a stain on our country, as was Iraq and Afghanistan. We have a Ministry of Defence not a Ministry of War ! Our troops are badly equipped, badly paid and neglected in old age and injury. The only legitimate function of the State is Defence of a free country. Politicians love being associated with the Military, it makes them look hard, the trouble is our civilian police force are playing more to the Force and less to the Civilian part of the equation. When did Dixon turn into Judge Dredd on our streets.

Libertarianism needs re-branding in the UK, the Stalinist left call us right wing, we are neither of the left or the right. David Nolan who tragically died last week put us on a different axis that of Liberty to Authoritarianism. We despise the big State who ever is running it in favour of minimal government that is local and accountable.

We have the obscenity of so called Anarchists taking part in violent demonstrations in favour of large state hand outs. These are not Anarchists, they are simple leftist thugs demanding by violence what they cannot achieve by the ballot box.

Yesterday Cameron issued his first D notice, these are issued in time of war. He is no longer an authoritarian virgin. The Libertarian Party must oppose both nationally and locally. We are small very small but perhaps history will show that we kept fanning the flames of classical Liberalism in a seventy year long downpour of bureaucratic socialism.

Ends

Notes for editors
1) The Libertarian Party was founded on November 21st 2007 and officially launched on January 1st 2008. The party’s website can be found at:
http://www.lpuk.org
2) Further details of the party’s policies can be found in our manifesto:
http://www.lpuk.org/pages/manifesto.php
3) The Libertarian Party UK is a minarchist party utilising political philosophy based on support for individual liberty.
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism
Press Enquiries can be sent to media@lpuk.org or by telephone +44 845 299 7650

Monday, 31 May 2010

June Meet Up

Well, it's that time of the month again. Time to remind you that the next South East branch meet up will be this Thursday, June 3rd.

We're hoping this month it will be a little warmer than last so we can make good use of the pub garden.

Anyway, as usual it will be at the Rose and Crown in Southwark and we will be there from 6:30. All are welcome to attend and if you can't find us on arrival ask at the bar and the landlady will point you in the right direction.

Here is a map and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


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Monday, 10 May 2010

Post Election Meet Up Fun

This is just a quick reminder to tell you the May meet up of the South East Branch of the Libertarian Party will be this Thursday -- May 13th.

As usual it will be held at the Rose and Crown Pub in Southwark. And we will be there from 6:30 until finish.

So if you fancy reviewing all the Election fun with like minded people please come along -- all are welcome.

There is a map below and we hope to see you all on Thursday.


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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

May Meet Up Moved to May 13th

This is just a quick message to tell members that due to the General Election the May meet up of the Libertarian Party in London has been moved back a week.

The meet up will now occur on Thursday the 13th of May instead. It will be in the same place as usual and more details will follow next week.

In addition if you are available to help out either of our two election candidates standing in the South East please get in contact with them.

Martin Cullip -- sutton@lpuk.org

Tim Carpenter -- tim.carpenter@lpuk.org

They really need your help so please get in touch with them.

Monday, 29 March 2010

April Fools Meet Up

This is just a quick message to remind you the South East Branch of the Libertarian Party that we will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Southwark this Thursday -- April 1st (Fools Day).

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a drink with us before we all head off for the Easter Break. If you haven't been before there is a map below. And if you cannot find us on arrival the landlady of the pub will point you in the right direction.

We hope to see you all on Thursday. And if not enjoy the Easter Break.


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Sunday, 28 February 2010

South East March Meet up Reminder

This is just to remind members of the LPUK and all other interested parties that the March meet up of the South East branch of the LPUK will be on Thursday, 4th March.

As usual we will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Southwark, London and we will be there from 6:30. If you are new to these events and can't find us, ask at the bar and the Landlady will point you in the right direction.

Here is a map. And I hope to see you on Thursday...


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Monday, 22 February 2010

Hampshire Group up and running

This is just to let our South East members know that we now have a group set up in Hampshire.

They've had their first meet up. Which was a great success. And they're now looking for more of the mebership and interested Libertarians to join them.

So if you are based on the South Coast and you think London is a little too far to travel for meet ups please take a look into our Hampshire group.

They're blog can be found here. And you can contact them at Hampshire@lpuk.org

Friday, 29 January 2010

ASI and Meet Up

The Adam Smith Institute host their first TNG event of the new year next Tuesday. A talk will be given by Luke Johnson the current Chairman of Channel 4. Should be interesting.

I will be attending and if you would like to join me more details can be found here.

In addition to this next Thursday the LPUK South East branch will be meeting at the Rose and Crown in Southwark for our monthly meet up.

Everyone is welcome to attend and we will be there from 6pm. If you're new to these meet ups and you cannot find us on arrival please ask at the bar and the Land Lady will point you in the right direction.

Here is a map and I hope to see you next week at one of the above events.


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