The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will soon be upon us and LPUK have always fully supported the Vote Leave campaign and strongly believe that decisions should be taken as locally to those that they affect as possible.
However the main thing that I have taken from these campaigns is how much the political classes have lost the trust of the public. The majority of conversations that I have had have revolved around the statement “I just don’t know what the truth is.”
With project fear in full effect the Remain camp have consistently bombarded the public (Often with tax payer funding) with warnings of Armageddon were we to leave the union.
These tactics are not just damaging to the EU campaigns but to the future of politics in the UK.
For my own personal experiences whenever I have told people I am supporting the Leave campaign I am often rounded on with accusations of “Little Englander”, “Xenophobe” and “Racist”. The irony is that I am actually voting to leave for the exact opposite reason.
I believe that it is the EU that is parochial (Trade should only happen between it’s members.) Xenophobic (Goods from outside the EU are lesser than those inside made inside the EU) and Racist (An unskilled European Migrant should have priority after a highly skilled African migrant).
I believe in the Free Market and I believe that immigration is a source of great good into a modern society – As long as the welfare state exists I believe it needs to be controlled, but to me that is a welfare issue rather than an immigration issue – but in all these areas the EU prevents freedoms rather than promoting them.
So on June the 23rd I urge everyone to ignore the fear tactics, ignore the critics and simply ask yourself. “Do you want to be a part of this club?”
Following an internal ballot on 15th August 2015, Libertarians across the country have unanimously elected Adam Brown as their new party leader. A clear and enthusiastic vote of trust by jubilant activists and committed friends of LPUK to the type of inclusive policies defended throughout his campaign.
Hailing from Crawley in West Sussex, Adam has impressed party members with the fact he previously served on Crawley Borough Council as Chair of the Licensing Committee, as well as offering Portfolio Support for the Leader of the council. Interestingly, Adam also chaired the “value for money” scrutiny panel in its endeavours to ensure the council could justify everything it was spending. All adding confidence in his skill as an experienced politician with a proven ability to work with micro, as well as macro, issues.
After thanking all those who elected him, Adam went on to say, “I am delighted in the faith they have shown in me and am honoured to accept the position of party leader”. Additionally, when asked about his view on the task ahead, he confidently stated, “I have no misconceptions of the difficulty I am faced with. However, these are ideal times for the LPUK to discuss matters pertaining to the protection of personal freedom, reducing state interference generally, and rolling back the nanny state that has permeated into our everyday existence”. Each stance placing Adam in the very mainstream of inherited Libertarian thought.
Taking up his duties from Saturday 3rd October 2015, Adam intends to address the party shortly thereafter and table a number of strategies to increase membership, develop further contacts with other advocates of liberty, while raising public awareness of alternatives to “Big Government” in both theory and practice.
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