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National Liberal Debate 16 – How Democratic Will The 2017 EU Referendum Be?

By the end of 2017 we’ll know if Britain is still a member of the European Union

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.
As everyone knows, David Cameron is currently trying to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU before holding an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.

The NLP welcomes this move as we believe in genuine democracy whereby the people can directly – and regularly – have their say.  Indeed, as our recent General Election Manifesto noted We plan to make consultations with the public about major decisions a routine part of the governmental process. Popular and ongoing participation is essential to a healthy democracy.”

(Whilst we welcome the in-out EU vote as a step in the right direction, we feel that preferendums probably represent the most democratic form of government.  Indeed, we hope to feature a brief series of articles about preferendums in the very near future.)

A future National Liberal debate will look specifically at our attitude to the EU and what alternatives are available to Britain.

However, for this debate we wish to focus on the mechanics of the proposed 2017 referendum.  What form is it likely to take?  Will there be official ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps?  If so, will they be alloted public money – and be afforded equal access to the media?  And what will be the role of the media itself?

One thing that greatly concerns us is the way vested interests – both internal and external – could try to influence the vote.  Here we’re talking about big business, the financial sector and even Washington.  Other EU member states will want Britain to stay.  Will they try to influence the vote and if so, how?

With all this in mind, our question is simple – how democratic will the 2017 EU referendum be?

• 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

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London Mayoral elections

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The National Council of the NLP is proposing to stand a Mayoral candidate in next year’s Greater London Assembly elections. Existing members are to be invited to put their names forward as prospective candidates. If there are two or more candidates, an election will be conducted where paid up members will choose between them, based upon one (wo)man one vote. Those members due for renewal will be given the opportunity to do within a short period of time. Details of the process will be supplied to all members in due course.

Are you a paid-up member? If you joined over a year ago you still have to renew if you wish to vote etc. If you join now you will be notified of the Mayoral election (and other party matters) and allowed to vote if by the 6th July. You can join/renew by going to http://nationalliberal.org/join-nlp. It is only £10 (£5 if unwaged).

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New National Council member

We are delighted to welcome a new (and seventh) member, Emma Rome. Emma has been heavily involved in campaigns for political reform, and especially pro-democracy reform. She has been involved in campaigning for NOTA (none of the above) and for job-sharing to be expanded to include MPs. She has previously attempted to stand for election as an MP on a job-share basis, but was denied by the Electoral Commission, as they do not recognise the potential for MPs to job-share. She is a firm believer in national referendums and allowing voters to recall their MP. Emma Rome is a champion for political self-determination within the context of a representative democracy.

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Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Liberty Bomb: Demand A Civil Liberties Watchdog NOW!

DONATE TO THE LIBERTY BOMB! The Tories are using the threat of ‘Extremism’ to clamp down on Free Speech. Help us expose their attack on your freedom!

Prime Minister David Cameron has wanted to scrap the Human Rights Act for a long time. He’s also wanted to exempt the UK Government from implementing unfavourable European Court of Human Rights rulings.

He – together with Home Secretary Theresa May – now wants to introduce a ‘counter-terrorism’ bill which has the potential to curb the civil and religious liberties of anyone and everyone.

Our guess is that the Tories will claim that their bill is aimed at ‘Islamic extremists’ but will then be used to silence others.

Initially they’ll target ‘unpopular’ targets like Anjem Choudary, the radical Islamic preacher. Then, for both PR and PC reasons, they’ll target ‘right wing’ anti-Islamic groups. Once the precedent is set, the State will be able to go after any group or individual.

This is a very serious development. It could mean the beginning of the end of democracy and free speech as we know it. On the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Cameron is set to do away with our inalienable rights – all in the name of fighting ‘extremism’!

A blind man on a flying horse could see where – unchallenged – this proposed legislation is going. In time, anyone deemed to be an ‘extremist’ will be subject of Prime Minister Cameron’s draconian ‘counter-terrorism’ bill.

We want to raise around £200 to produce and distribute a special emergency issue of ‘Liberty & Nation’ – the voice of the National Liberal Party – which’ll campaign for Civil & Religious Liberties for all!

If you value your freedom, follow this link: http://nationalliberal.org/the-party-organisation/donate

You can also donate by sending a cheque (made payable to the NLP) to NLP, c/o PO Box 4217, Hornchurch RM12 4PY, or you can make a pledge via natliberal@aol.com

Include a note saying that your donation is for issue 4 of Liberty & Nation

Help the NLP campaign for civil & religious liberties for all – donate today!!

Spread the word about the Tory attack on Free Speech – Like and Share on Facebook and retweet via Twitter!
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15th June – Donate Today

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Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Liberty Bomb: Don’t Let David Cameron & Theresa May Abolish The Human Rights Act!

DONATE TO THE LIBERTY BOMB! The Tories are using the threat of ‘Extremism’ to clamp down on Free Speech. Help us expose their attack on your freedom!

Prime Minister David Cameron has wanted to scrap the Human Rights Act for a long time. He’s also wanted to exempt the UK Government from implementing unfavourable European Court of Human Rights rulings.

He – together with Home Secretary Theresa May – now wants to introduce a ‘counter-terrorism’ bill which has the potential to curb the civil and religious liberties of anyone and everyone.

Our guess is that the Tories will claim that their bill is aimed at ‘Islamic extremists’ but will then be used to silence others.

Initially they’ll target ‘unpopular’ targets like Anjem Choudary, the radical Islamic preacher. Then, for both PR and PC reasons, they’ll target ‘right wing’ anti-Islamic groups. Once the precedent is set, the State will be able to go after any group or individual.

This is a very serious development. It could mean the beginning of the end of democracy and free speech as we know it. On the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Cameron is set to do away with our inalienable rights – all in the name of fighting ‘extremism’!

A blind man on a flying horse could see where – unchallenged – this proposed legislation is going. In time, anyone deemed to be an ‘extremist’ will be subject of Prime Minister Cameron’s draconian ‘counter-terrorism’ bill.

We want to raise around £200 to produce and distribute a special emergency issue of ‘Liberty & Nation’ – the voice of the National Liberal Party – which’ll campaign for Civil & Religious Liberties for all!

If you value your freedom, follow this link: http://nationalliberal.org/the-party-organisation/donate

You can also donate by sending a cheque (made payable to the NLP) to NLP, c/o PO Box 4217, Hornchurch RM12 4PY, or you can make a pledge via natliberal@aol.com

Include a note saying that your donation is for issue 4 of Liberty & Nation

Help the NLP campaign for civil & religious liberties for all – donate today!!

Spread the word about the Tory attack on Free Speech – Like and Share on Facebook and retweet via Twitter!
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