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ISSUE 4 of Liberty & Nation is out now!

Issue 4 Of Liberty & Nation Out Now!

ISSUE 4 of Liberty & Nation – the Voice of the National Liberal Party – is out now!


This special issue looks at the threat to civil and religious liberties posed by the Tories.  It notes that “David Cameron has hinted that he’d like to dump the European Human Rights Act – EHRA. He’s been backed up by Home Secretary Theresa May, who is one of the more ‘hawkish’ members of the Tory cabinet.”
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Both Cameron and May want to introduce what has been termed a ‘UK Bill of Rights.’  However, they’ve failed to give any real details about it.  Similarly, they both want to take on ‘extremists’ but haven’t defined ‘extremism’ or who is an ‘extremist.’
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The NLP acknowledges that the EHRA isn’t perfect – but at least it defines Human Rights.  Indeed, the EHRA “ensures that the individual has some protection against the excesses of the State – no matter who they are or what they’re accused of.”
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L&N is worried that the Tory ‘UK Bill of Rights’ will strip innocent people of British citizenship or be used – in the guise of fighting ‘extremism’ – to prevent people from exercising their inalienable right to free speech and assembly.  L&N notes that we should all have rights – or none of us should have rights!
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So what would the National Liberal Party do?
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First of all we have no problem with an additional ‘UK Bill of Rights.’  However it should be strictly in addition to any international standard, not instead of it.
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Secondly, the NLP would introduce a formal Constitution and Bill of Rights.  This would be based on the concept of civil and religious liberties for all.  It would also “uphold the right for ordinary people to hold the State to account for abuse, mistreatment and negligence.”
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Other measures like creating a Civil Liberties Watchdog Commission and stressing the importance of the Magna Carta are also discussed.
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L&N feels that these measures “will set the standard for freedom lovers all over the world.”
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In addition to the article examining the threat to democracy posed by the Tories, this brand new issue of Liberty & Nation looks at – appropriately – issue 1 of Free Speech. Produced by the Free Speech: How Do We Protect It? Facebook group, FS is “particularly interested in instances whereby elements of the State try to restrict freedom of speech and assembly.”
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Another major article looks at different aspects of Self-Determination including National Self Determination“where decisions affecting the collective future of a nation are taken by ALL the people via referendum” – Political Self-Determination based on the “Swiss model of Direct Democracy” – and Economic Self-Determination – which seeks to “distribute ownership as widely as possible and as close to the individual as practical.”
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All in all this is an issue of Liberty & Nation not to be missed!
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Issue 4 of L&N is available in both pdf and hardcopy.  For details on how to obtain them simply e-mail natliberal@aol.com Do it today!
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National Liberal Debate 18 – Will Peace Ever Be Achieved In The Middle East? Have Your Say!
THE MANY problems faced by Britain – whether economic or social – are not going to be solved by screaming and shouting. Thus, the National Liberal Party is not interested in ‘hitting the headlines’ using the tired formula of macho–posturing and gesture politics. These problems will only be overcome by a combination of careful thought and action.

This means that we favour informed and reasoned debate. Here we concentrate on arguments, points of view and facts. We are not interested in personalities, prejudice or promoting self-interest.

The National Liberal Party seeks to build an organisation that encourages free speech and debate. To do this, we also attempt to take into consideration as many views as is possible in open debate. Thus, members and supporters are always encouraged to have their say.

We’re also interested in encouraging people to develop their debating skills. That’s why the NLP has introduced a new series of articles called Have Your Say! Whilst each subject will be announced on this web-site, they’ll be conducted in full on the National Liberals Facebook site, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52739504313/

Before we start this debate we’d like to remind folks of our ground rules:

•  First of all, say what you think – but think what you say.

•  Secondly, just debate the issue(s) raised. There should be no personal attacks.

•  As previously noted, we’re simply not interested in personalities.

•  Please note that we may ask selected members and supporters to play ‘devil’s advocate’. Hopefully, this’ll help sharpen the debating skills of all involved!

•  Finally, it should be remembered that all of the views expressed in Have Your Say! are personal and should not be taken to be the official view of the NLP itself.

Our latest debate revolves around the Middle East.

It’s a sad fact that – since time immemorial – the whole history of the Middle East appears to consist of one conflict after another.  Sometimes one Arab nation is at the throat of another.  At other times, one Arab nation comes into conflict with Israel.  The perpetual conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians appears to be never ending.  Added to this mix are the many ‘internal’ wars between differing Arab groups, organisations and factions.

However, it appears that ever since the ‘Arab Spring’ events have gone from bad to worse.  There’s no question that ever since the US and UK establishments became more intimately involved in the internal affairs of nations – in particular Iraq, Libya and Syria – there’s been nothing but death and destruction, seemingly on an unprecedented scale.  The rise of Islamic State is witness to that.

Therefore, our question is simple – will peace ever be achieved in the Middle East?

• THIS ARTICLE should be read in conjunction with the following:

Ten Of The Best! (13/03/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/ten-of-the-best
National Liberal Debate 11 – Outside Of London Who Should National Liberals Vote For In The Euro-Elections? Have Your Say! (15/05/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-11-%E2%80%93-outside-of-london-who-should-national-liberals-vote-for-in-the-euro-elections-have-your-say
National Liberal Debate 12 – What’s Our Take On UKIP? Have Your Say! (22/06/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-12-what%e2%80%99s-our-take-on-ukip-have-your-say

National Liberal Debate 13 – Should We Bring Back The Death Penalty? Have Your Say! (27/08/2014) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-13-should-we-bring-back-the-death-penalty-have-your-say
National Liberal Debate 14 – I Am Charlie. I Am Not Charlie. Have Your Say! (14/01/2015) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-14-%e2%80%93-i-am-charlie-i-am-not-charlie-have-your-say
National Liberal Debate 15 – What Action Should National Liberals Take At The Polling Stations?  Have Your Say! (28/04/15) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-15-what-action-should-national-liberals-take-at-the-polling-stations
National Liberal Debate 16 – How Democratic Will The 2017 EU Referendum Be?  Have Your Say! (25/06/15) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-16-%e2%80%93-how-democratic-will-the-2017-eu-referendum-be

National Liberal Debate 17 – EU Referendum 2017: What Will Be The Dominant Issues? (08/11/15) http://nationalliberal.org/national-liberal-debate-17-eu-referendum-2017-what-will-be-the-dominant-issues
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Caledonian Voice Says … Stop Fracking!

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Upkar Says If You Live Or Work In North London … SHOP LOCAL!

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Self-Determination For All … Freedom For Ulster!
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OUR LATEST Self-Determination For All … e-poster has been produced in support of Ulster.
The artwork consists of an outline of the current six counties of Ulster – like England, Scotland and Wales its borders have changed over the years.

The flag that is used is known as the Ulster national flag.  It consists of a St Patrick’s saltire overlaid on the blue field of the St Andrew’s saltire. The device in the centre of the saltire is a golden six-pointed star bearing a red hand of Ulster. The flag’s colours, blue, gold and red, feature in ancient Irish and Scottish flags and represent the merging of the Irish and Scottish elements to form the Ulster nation.

Used correctly, the Ulster national flag exists to promote the ideals of national freedom and social justice for Ulster.

The flag is also used to promote a new loyalty – loyalty to the Ulster Motherland.  The divided people of Ulster have been prisoners of their traditional loyalties for far too long.  Therefore our artwork symbolises the desire to give Ulsterfolk something to struggle for – rather than the endless die-in-the-last-ditch rearguard action to defend an already lost cause.  It also seeks to encourage the reawakening of Ulster’s national identity.

• WE welcome debate!  The National Liberal Party and Nations without States would really appreciate your comments – good bad or indiffent – on the above article.  To share your views, simply look out for this article on the National Liberals facebook site https://www.facebook.com/groups/52739504313/?fref=nf or the Nations without States facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/184919468292372/?ref=br_tf and have your say in the comments section.

• ALSO check out the National Liberal Party’s Twitter feed @NATIONAL_LIBERA and the Twitter feed of Nations without States @Self_Determ_Day
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Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and the City of Westminster … SHOP LOCAL!

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ON MAY 5 the National Liberal Party is asking all Londoners to vote for Upkar Singh Rai.  He standing in a bid to become Mayor of London as as it’s clear that our Capital needs radical change instead of ‘more of the same’ from the establishment parties.


Upkar is a member of the NLPs ruling National Council and is standing on a Quality of Life ticket – and central to this campaign is his support for local shops, small businesses and the self-employed.


However, to raise the money to fund Upkar’s campaign and to get large numbers of activists onto the streets will require a broad front campaign.  This is because National Liberals believe in consensus politics and we feel that groups who might broadly be described as being in the ‘centre’ of British politics can only begin to influence the future direction of the country in a cooperative alliance.


Our broad front campaign will therefore be likely to include local shopkeepers, small businessmen and women, the self-employed, self-determinists, non-socialist trade unionists, environmentalists financial reformers and others.


Earlier we mentioned finance.  To get Upkar’s name on the ballot box we need to raise £20,000 alone!  After this is raised we need to produce leaflets, posters and other types of promotional material.


Please consider helping us to get Upkar’s name on the ballot box.  This will ensure that our message goes directly to all of London’s 3.5 million households!  You can do this in two easy ways – by sponsoring or donating.


The NLP has set up two funds, a Sponsorship Fund (to pay the £20,000 deposit) and a Fighting Fund (for leaflets, posters and so on).

If you want to pledge (£100 plus) to the
Sponsorship Fund please e-mail natliberal@aol.com


If you wish to donate to the Fighting Fund please go to http://nationalliberal.org/the-party-organisation/donate or transfer to the Bank of Scotland, NLP, 12-11-03, 06186181, or Cheques can be mailed to the National Liberal Party, PO Box 4217, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4PJ.


Will you help Upkar to promote his ‘Quality of Life’ message?  Will you help him promote his support for local shops, small businesses and the self-employed?  Will you help us build a broad front campaign that can bring about radical change in London?


If your answer is yes, contact the National Liberal Party today!


THIS ARTICLE should be read in conjunction with the following:


• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley and Brent … SHOP LOCAL! http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-barking-dagenham-barnet-bexley-and-brent-%e2%80%a6-shop-local

• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Bromley, Camden, Croydon and Ealing … SHOP LOCAL! http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-bromley-camden-croydon-and-ealing-%e2%80%a6-shop-local

• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney and Hammersmith& Fulham … SHOP LOCAL! http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-enfield-greenwich-hackney-and-hammersmith-fulham-%e2%80%a6-shop-local


• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Haringey, Harrow, Havering and Hillingdon … SHOP LOCAL! http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-haringey-harrow-havering-and-hillingdon


• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, and Kingston upon Thames … SHOP LOCAL! http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-hounslow-islington-kensington-chelsea-and-kingston-upon-thames-%e2%80%a6-shop-local


• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Lamberth, Lewisham, Merton and Newham … SHOP LOCAL!

http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-lambeth-lewisham-merton-and-newham-%e2%80%a6-shop-local


• Upkar Says … If You Live In The London Boroughs of Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark and Sutton … SHOP LOCAL! http://nationalliberal.org/upkar-says-%e2%80%a6-if-you-live-in-the-london-boroughs-of-redbridge-richmond-upon-thames-southwark-and-sutton-%e2%80%a6-shop-local

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