Monday, 26 October 2020

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Euro-Elections: Can You Help Build Our Campaign?

We need money to promote Self-Determination For All! Can you help?

THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY’S European-Election campaign is in full flow! As we’re such a small – and new – organisation, we’re obviously having to rely heavily on Social Media to promote our views. Such on-line work (especially via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) is absolutely vital. As we’ve already noted:

When Barack Obama became American President in 2008 it was said that he was the first politician to use Social Media to achieve major success in a political campaign.” (1)

Despite this, however, the National Liberal Party believes that face-to-face communication with the electors is absolutely key to winning elections.

One way we can do this is by leafleting and postering. We’ve already printed and distributed thousands of leaflets. And soon the Royal Mail will be delivering around one million Vote National Liberal Party – Self-Determination For All! standardised European-Election leaflets to housholds in London. Read more »
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Support These Trade Union Demos!
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SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER will see three massive demonstrations organised by the Trades Union Congress – TUC.
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Calling for A Future That Works, they will take place in Belfast, Glasgow and London. It’s anticipated that the main march and demo – to be held in Central London – will be as large as last year’s March for the Alternative. It too was organised by the TUC and it attracted over 500,000 people.
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The demos scheduled for later this month are to protest at the Con-Dem Government’s continuing Austerity programme, which has seen thousands of jobs slashed and essential services cut to the bone.
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Members and supporters of the National Liberal Party are encouraged to support their nearest march and demonstration.
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For further details and updates check out the TUC web-site – www.tuc.org.uk – or the National Liberal Trade Unionist Facebook group – http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/277840098977231/?fref=ts
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DEMOCRATIC REFORM: WELL OVERDUE!
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National Liberals believe in democratic reform. Although we profess to live in a democratic country our institutions leave a lot to be desired. A Parliament largely neutered by a powerful Executive (Cabinet), voting dictated by party whips, MPs happy to flout the wishes of the ‘majority’ believing that they ‘know best’. A second (reforming or blocking?) chamber that is appointed by birth or as a political favour. Rather than seeing power decentralised downwards, we have in recent times seen it taken from Councils and transfered up to Parliament or appointed quangos. An electoral system that largely clings onto the old fashioned and least democratic First-past-the-post voting method, limiting representation and entrenching existing interests.
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As National Liberals, we support the decentralisation of power to the national Assemblies (including potentially England) and Councils from Westminster, we support a (partially) elected second house, representatives elected via Proportional Representation whilst ‘controlling’ them by Recall. Fundamentally, we support the introduction of Referendums as a constitutional measure whereby major issues will be decided by a popular vote, as in Switzerland. Thus, we support movements that seek to change our present system(s) towards a more democratic future.
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One new, emerging, force is the cross-party (and no-party) Democratic Reform MovementThey have their first conference this Thursday evening. If you are free why not read their advert below?:
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Are you interested in democratic reform and/or the state of the economy? If so a conference and debate will be held for you on:

Facing an Economy in Crisis, December 8th – 7.00 PM

Henry VIII Hotel
23 Leinster Gardens
London W2 3AN
Underground : Queensway or Lancaster Gate

The event is the first one organised by the Democratic Reform Movement (DRM). The DRM is an international organisation, being designed to promote democratic reform around the world. It acts as a platform for cooperation between different organisations on specific campaigns; thus for example if it had existed before the May Referendum it could have coordinated campaigning actions between all the different ‘yes to av’ groups. It is being established at the moment. Thus its identity will be shaped by the organisations and people who get involved in the coming years. Our aims are to: promote democracy and progressive reforms; support systems of sharing and cooperation; create a better education system for all; encourage the removal of artificial barriers between peoples; and empower people at every level of governance.

If you would like any further details please comment on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Democratic-Reform-Movement/208241245874549?sk=info

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Cutting-edge small businesses: the economic future?

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As part of our Economy & Industry week we are looking at different aspects of this topic. The first article touched on the National Liberal economic philosophy and some policies to get our people, especially the young, back in work. We also believe that the self-employed and small businesses play a significant role in our economy. We would encourage that further still.

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One such new small business (Viking Renewable UK) is selling solar energy. We believe this can deliver a significant share of the renewable energy sources that the UK (and elsewhere) sorely needs. Not only will it provide a cheap (and ultimately free) source of energy it is clean and sustainable and helps reduce our reliance on imported fuels. So much so that we believe that all new properties must include solar panelling (see http://nationalliberal.org/?p=3034). These are just the sort of new businesses we need to encourage.

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The following is an interview with Mr. Pramjit Sadra a director of a solar power company-Viking Renewable UK

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Question:

Could you explain who you are and what company you represent?

Answer:

My name is Pramjit Sadra I have lived and worked in Essex for 20 years. I represent Viking Renewable UK, presently based in Kingston, Surrey. The overseas arm of this company has built the 3rd largest solar farm in Spain which ranks as the 14th largest Worldwide. We are now building a similar farm in Bulgaria which is sold through a UK backed bond (this protects UK investors). The company has recently launched itself in the UK and although much of its overseas projects have been commercial it is presently focussing here in the domestic market.

Question:

What do you say are the main benefits of solar power?

Answer:

There are a number of benefits which include a Guaranteed 25 Year Income, a significant saving on Electricity bills for those 25 Years, a degree of control over your energy use and protecting the future environment from pollution.

Question:

Some people suggest that our climate does not lend itself to exploiting solar power?


Answer:

Due to the advancement of Technology that we now have available to us, Solar Panels are now designed to maximise the capture of UV rays which is its energy source. The problem of inclement weather has been overcome (Germany for example has been using Solar Power significantly for the last 20 years by way of a Feed In Tariff and this is a very similar climate to the UK!). Therefore, the Panels that we are now installing are able to work using the UV rays that can harnessed through any weather conditions.

Question:

What sort of cost is involved in installing solar power into the average domestic property?

Answer:

There has been a significant development in the market for Solar Panels due to its popularity that, due to an increase in the number of manufacturers, has increased competition which, in turn has reduced the basic cost (It should be noted that some companies hold old stockpiles of panels and do not reflect the changes in the market so it is best to shop around).

We, for example, are able to offer a Standard Installation of 6 Solar Panels (1.5KW) at below £5,000!!! (This is due to our good working relationship with our Worldwide Suppliers). Sadly, the much laundered Government subsidies are not presently being offered. Nevertheless you should be able to obtain an income over expenditure within 3-5 years.

Question:

What do you think of the National Liberal policy to install solar panelling into all new properties?

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I fully support the Party in the promotion of Clean Green Energy and will continue working towards its increased use.

Question:

How do you think we can increase the uptake of solar power in existing property/industry?

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Basically it is a PR exercise since the figures stack up. By providing the most up to date information of Solar and Green Energy Solutions, I believe the uptake would grow exponentially. It is vital that the correct details are supplied to the public and industry alike, using any and all information outlets so that they can make an informed decision.

Question:

Thank you for taking part in this short interview perhaps you can continue to offer us your thoughts on renewable energy in the future. How do people get in touch with you if they want to find out more?

Answer:

I would be delighted to contribute further. I will explain more about solar power and its industrial capacity in a future article. If anyone is interested in finding out more about solar energy they can contact me at vikingrenwableuk@gmail.com or 07828 762521

Following the interview Mr Sadra offered his services as a Policy Advisor (Energy) which we gratefully accepted. We are keen to develop a range of policy advisors, whether specific or general. If you would like to offer your services please contact us at natliberal@aol.com.

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‘The Patriotic conscience of Liberalism’ – National Liberal activists meet in London

Last weekend National Liberal activists met at a prestigious venue in Central London to discuss the way forward.

A full agenda discussed Ideology, Recruitment, Promotion, Literature, Policies and Campaigns. Delegates agreed that our first aim is to point out that there has always been a patriotic liberal tradition, represented by figures such as Joseph Chamberlain, Lord Roseberry and Sir John Simon. The NLP is here to breath life back into that tradition and to act as the ‘Patriotic conscience of Liberalism’. The meeting agreed to continue to highlight our anteceedents and to develop the National Liberal tradition. We would re-launch the Target 10 campaign and aim to target Liberal Democrat marginals highlighting those MP’s betrayal of Liberal and National values.

Recruitment was discussed. We should be appealling to a broad church of Liberals, Independents and the non-aligned. Greater effort would be put into Facebook promotion and reaching out to new sympathisers. More effort was required than before into turning supporters into actual members. The meeting agreed to producing ‘An Introduction to the National Liberal Party’ booklet and a leaflet focussing on just five key policies. A Policy Team and forum would ultimately look at policy in detail.

In the meantime delegates were urged to promote the National Liberal ‘Yes to AV’ campaign based on a ‘shake up the system’ theme. Our leaflet has recently been updated (copies can be obtained by sending £10 to NLP, PO BOX 4217, Hornchurch RM12 4PJ or by going to the Resources section under the Party Organisation drop bar). Councillor (and National Secretary) David Durant said “We haven’t had any meaningful electoral reform of how we elect our MPs for 100 years. We need to shake up the system. AV is just the start!”.

Elections were discussed and hopes were expressed for our candidate in the forthcoming local elections in Cuffley, Hertfordshire. Finally delegates agreed to promote the concept of the campaigning and cross-party Peoples Alliance. The latter is designed to allow small centrist parties to organise and promote themselves more efectively via this co-operative body rather than alone. The meeting ended with delegates agreeing to meet again later in the year to discuss progress. Everyone came away enthused and confident that National Liberalism would begin to influence UK politics. Anyone wishing to get involved should get in touch via natliberal@aol.com.

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JOIN THE MAGNA CARTA MONEYBOMB ON JUNE 15TH!

COALITION FALLS AT

FIRST HURDLE!
Despite promises to abandon the last Government’s attacks on civil liberties the Coalition has now confirmed that it will still introduce a controversial database of everyone’s personal health records!
Critics claim that the database is too expensive, vulnerable to breaches of security (will possibly be handled by a company in India), too hard to opt-out (hoping you won’t bother) and potentially available to a variety of bodies and individuals.
Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, said patients should be told the truth about its drawbacks and, like ID cards, it should be scrapped. He said: “This is a disgraceful U-turn by the coalition. The Government wants us to believe that they are serious about privacy and civil liberties  -  this is their first test and they have failed it”.
HONOUR THEIR PROMISES

Such a U-turn highlights why we must remain vigilant and continue campaigning to roll back the state less we find the new Government decide their inherited powers are too useful to surrender!

Help us keep up the pressure on this Government to honour their promises by producing leaflets, e-mail campaigns, adverts and demos.
YOU can help us do this by taking part in our Magna Carta Money bomb on June 15th by going to http://www.15thjunemagnacarta.org to make your donation.

CELEBRATE MAGNA CARTA DAY – WEAR ORANGE!

In the 13th century England the Monarchy reigned supreme. However on June 15th in 1215 King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta document at Runnymede. This was the first official recognition that some of the King’s subjects had individual rights.
We shall be celebrating Magna Carta Day (June 15th) as our LIBERTY DAY. As with the demands in the 1990′s for freedom from one-party dictatorships in Eastern Europe we have adopted ORANGE to represent LIBERTY’S colours. We urge all LIBERTY LOVERS to wear orange (clothing, badge or ribbon) on the 15th!
We will also call for Magna Carta Day to be made a public holiday (we only get 8 days compared to France who get 10) to celebrate our countries commitment to LIBERTY.

Help the National Liberal Party not only to campaign against a ‘Big-Brother’ state but to help roll back state interference in our private affairs!
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MASS DONATION FOR LIBERTY ON JUNE 15TH!
Whilst we celebrate MCD we need to send a message to the new Government that the people are still concerned with the loss of liberties. This can be done by joining the mass donation on June 15th.

Help us fight back by donating to liberty on Magna Carta Day on JUNE 15th by going to http://www.15thjunemagnacarta.org. If you want to pledge earlier to donate join the Magna Carta Appeal Facebook cause on http://www.causes.com/causes/101301?recruiter_id=16499581. You will receive a reminder nearer the date.

We have also relaunched our a Liberty Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bG-46CyzWc) explaining how the liberties we take for granted are under attack. Please

get as many people as possible to see the video. 

To help us restore free speech and individual civil liberties make your donation at http://www.15thjunemagnacarta.org. Make this the largest mass donation to a LIBERTY cause in the UK. Let’s make history!

OUR GOAL
TO SIGN UP AT LEAST 100

BELIEVERS IN LIBERTY
TO DONATE £20 EACH
ON JUNE 15TH

(you can donate to the website in advance at

http://www.15thjunemagnacarta.org)

GO TO

http://www.causes.com/causes/101301?recruiter_id=16499581

and sign up for this historic event. Pass this onto all your friends and spread the word everywhere!

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‘Until August 1914 a sensible law-abiding Englishman could pass through life and hardly notice the existence of the state, beyond the post office and the policeman. He could live where he liked and as he liked. He had no official number or identity card.’
A.J.P. Taylor ‘English History: 1914-1945′.
NLP, PO Box 4217, Hornchurch, RM12 4PJ www.nationalliberal.org natliberal@aol.com

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