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 (

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.


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3) The Libertarian Party UK is a minarchist party utilising political philosophy based on support for individual liberty.
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