Friday, 30 January 2015

General Election Update.

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AS MANY people will be aware, the British General Election is scheduled for later this year.  Unless the House of Commons votes for an earlier date – which is thought highly unlikely – it will be held on 7 May.  Here all 650 seats will be up for grabs.

We’ve previously announced that Sockalingam ‘Yogi’ Yogalingam will be standing for the National Liberal Party in the constituency of Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner, which is situated in outer North West London.

His Election Agent has just been confirmed as Graham Williamson, who, like Yogi, is a member of the National Liberal Party’s National Council and the Organising Committee of Nations without States.  Graham is also editor of the NLPs ideological magazine, New Horizon, as well as joint-editor of the long established and well respected Fourth World Review – 4WR.

We also hope to be standing a candidate in West London as well.  Further details will be released as and when we have them.

Like Yogi, our West London candidate will be promoting the message of National Freedom and Social Justice.  At the heart of the NLPs General Election campaign will be the right of all people to National and Political Self-Determination.

At the moment, the National Liberal Party is working on its campaign infrastructure.  This includes fundraising (we need £500 for each deposit and a bare minimum of £1500 for each campaign) writing, producing and distributing ‘warm up’ leaflets and initial canvassing.

The NLPs Manifesto for the General Election is also in its initial stages and – true to our belief in true democracy – will be up for intense discussion and debate before it is officially adopted.

With the above in mind, the NLPs National Council asks all members and supporters to:

• MAKE a donation to our General Election campaign.  To stand just two candidates in London – and to run the ‘bare bones’ of an effective campaign – we need a minimum of £4000.  Anything on top of this would be a great bonus!

To help our campaign please send a donation – no matter how big or small – via http://nationalliberal.org/the-party-organisation/donate (note General Election Campaign as a reference), by cheque to NLP, c/o PO Box 4217, Hornchurch RM12 4PY, or pledge via natliberal@aol.com

• HELP with the writing, production and promotion of the National Liberal Party’s Manifesto.  If you have any policies that you feel we should include in our manifesto, please let us know, so that they can be included for discussion.

Send your ideas – as soon as possible – to natliberal@aol.com

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From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists – Give Us Some Government Action!

Issue 1 of Liberal Worker - the Voice of National Liberal Trade Unionists – is as opposed to socialism as it is to capitalism. It would be of great interest available to all those who take a particular interest in the economy, employment and general Trade Union issues. To get hold of your copy, simply e-mail natliberal@aol.com and ask for your FREE pdf copy of issue 1 of Liberal Worker.

WE KICKED off 2015 with a social and economic article which looked at the devastating news that nearly 1000 jobs will be lost when the JTI Gallagher tobacco factory in Ballymena closes. This will come as a real hammer blow to the Co. Antrim town. The factory is a major employer and it’s believed that it contributes £60m in wages to the local economy.”

Our article was naturally very sympatheic to the position the workers at Gallaghers now find themselves in. (Northern Ireland is one of the UKs main economic blackspots. And with nearly one-in-four youngsters out of work, it faces the prospect of having a lost economic generation.) However, we also sought to explain that the job losses are a symptom of the madness of globalism and capitalism. We also looked at the useless nature of government. (1)

Like many of our articles it sought to inform and to provoke thought and debate. In doing so, it posed some vital questions for National Liberal Trade Unionists.

For instance, is it ok for one nation to go it alone – to ‘secede’ – from the rest of the United Kingdom purely on economic grounds? To date, Scottish and Welsh calls for self-determination have predominantly been made on ‘national’ and not ‘economic’ grounds.

There have also been calls for Ulster independence, but these also have been on ‘national’ grounds, calling for a loyalty to Ulster only. Our divided people have been prisoners of their traditional loyalties for far too long. We want to give Ulsterfolk something to struggle for – rather than the endless die-in-the-last-ditch rearguard action to defend an already lost cause. We want to encourage the reawakening of Ulster’s national identity.” (2)

Our article also effectively posed another question to all National Liberal Trade Unionists: When should the government act to save companies?

As Trade Unionists we hate Cameron and Clegg’s Austerity Agenda which has seen workers thrown on the scrapheap. We think that it is the height of madness for a government to give out dole money for people who’re not working – whilst they they refuse to pay those who do work!

We fully support the stance taken by Ulster National Liberals who argued that – to save 1000 jobs – Gallagher’s should have been immediately nationalised:

This would keep the factory open and secure jobs. After all, what’s the point of having skilled tradesmen and workers rotting on the dole?

Nationalisation will also stabilise the immediate Ballymena area. It would stop this part of Co. Antrim from becoming yet another economic blackspot.

Once the situation had settled, Gallagher’s could have been handed back to the workforce and run as a cooperative. Ultimately, this would mean that Ulster workers would own – and Ulster owners would work!”

However, is it feasible for government to step in and nationalise any business that may be going under? Should there be a ‘ceiling’ on the number of jobs that can be saved this way? Saving 1000 jobs – and keeping £60m in the local economy – is understandable. But would it be even possible for a government to step in and nationalise a shop that employs, say, a dozen people?

With nationalisation in mind, another question is what industries should come under state control?

Our Liberalism dictates that we want as little state ‘interference’ in our lives as possible. However, we have to balance this against national security, national sovereignty and national preference. Surely, what could be termed ‘vital’ industries should come under national control?

(1) http://nationalliberal.org/ulster-voice-says-save-our-jobs

(2) http://ulsternation.org.uk/

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Open Your Eyes … And Say YES To A Free Wales!

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