Monday, 29 August 2016

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Liberal Future Says … BreXit Now!

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LIBERAL FUTURE is the youth wing of the National Liberal Party – NLP.  As such we’re interested in networking with those who’re under 30 who want to get their voice heard.  Our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/706779429376233/ – provides a political forum for liberal young adults to discuss issues such as self-determination and liberty.

Self-determination is a key issue for us.  That’s why, way back in November of last year, we wholly supported a statement from the NLPs ruling National Council  concerning the EU Referendum.  The statement, entitled EU – Time To Regain Control, noted that:

‘As self-determinists and decentralists, we support referendums in general but we also oppose in principle centralised power structures e.g. the EU and believe in the nation-state (which the EU would dismantle and replace with its own artificial one). Thus it is not surprising that, after a debate, the ruling National Council has voted that the party will campaign, until further notice, for a Leave vote at the proposed EU referendum.’

As everyone knows, the referendum took place on Thursday 23 June 2016.  It turned out to be one of the greatest acts of popular expression ever seen – with over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar having their say.

In the end, a majority of the electorate (nearly 17 ½ million people representing 51.89%) voted for Brexit – to leave the European Union.

Liberal Future – along with many, many others – imagined that once the decision was made, the first real steps would be taken to get Britain out of the EU.  However, to date, Westminster seems to be stalling.  No-one seems to be interested in taking the first step.  There doesn’t really seem to be any action.  Why?  We know that new Tory leader
Theresa May campaigned to stay in the EU – does she
know something we don’t?


With this in mind, Liberal Future has launched its BreXit Now! campaign.  It seeks to remind the Establishment that the people have spoken and that they overwhelmingly voted in favour of democracy and sovereignty and thus against the EU.  It follows that we should have already started negotiations designed to get Britain out of the EU.

Over the weeks and months ahead (and years if necessary!) Liberal Future will be actively campaigning for BreXit Now!
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You can help by liking and sharing LFs first BreXit Now! e-poster via social media.
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Building Our Local Media
THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY is building the infrastructure of an alternative mass media of news, views and entertainment.

To this end we’ve produced UK-wide publications as well as national, regional and local publications. Some have been hard copies which are distributed at demonstrations, pickets, meetings or on a door-to-door basis. All are also available in pdf format which means that they can be distributed on line.

To date we’ve produced – in alphabetical order – the following titles: Caledonian Voice, Cuffley Courier (Hertfordshire), English Voice, Isle of Wight Voice, Kent Voice, Liberal Worker, Liberty & Nation, St. Andrews Voice (Havering) and New Horizon, our ideological journal.

It’s taken a huge effort to get this far. However, our alternative media is growing – albeit slowly and organically.

But now we want to move up a gear and produce even more.

We want to expand our alternative media so that we produce a Voice for every county, city and town in Britain. That’s a tall order – so how do we hope to achieve this?

First of all, we have to understand that – at this stage in the development of our media – we’re only be looking for very special people. As we’ve noted before, they’ll likely to be fairly quiet and thoughtful people. They’ll look way beyond the bluster and headlines (that passes for politics these days) and will examine cold hard facts and figures. They’ll also be free-thinkers and non-conformists.

These people will also understand that, to build our new media, they’ll need to operate as a ‘vanguard’ or ‘cadre’ does. That is to say that they’ll be dedicated to the task in hand. We don’t need ‘hobbyists’ or ‘talkers’ to produce and distribute our media. We need people who will do things.

So how do we reach – and recruit – these very special people?

We intend to produce a series of e-posters highlighting issues that relate to different areas. We will then viral out these e-posters via social media. In effect we’ll be spreading our educational and outreach seeds everywhere and from what sprouts we’ll pick our quality recruits from it.

With a sound understanding of National Liberalism they’ll be integrated with our current media team to produce publications for their area. Hopefully, their labours will produce more fruit in terms of quality recruits.

Our first new e-poster will be produced on behalf of Essex Voice and should be available within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, anyone who fancies getting involved in the production of our alternative media should contact nationalliberal@aol.com as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.
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The National Liberal Party Supports Direct Democracy – Government by Referendum Now!

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Read Issue 2 Of Caledonian Voice – Voice Of The National Liberal Party In Scotland

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If You Live Or Work In Co. Tyrone … SHOP LOCAL!

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Review of Issue 3 of Nation
ISSUE 3 of Nation – the Newsletter of Nations without States – appeared just prior to the EU Referendum held towards the end of last month. It campaigned for a Leave vote on the grounds of ‘National, Political and Economic Self-Determination.’
As we know, the vast majority of Britons – 52% or nearly 17 ½ million people – voted to get out of the EU – although this popular expression of democracy is currently under attack from elitist bigots, haters and the intolerant.
This review of Nation was written – from a National Liberal perspective – by Liam Clarke. It was also written before the EU Referendum. Liam has reviewed several NLP publications before. He is a free thinker and, as can be seen below, presents a highly original (and certainly non-conformist!) point of view..
Review Of Issue 3 Of Nation

‘As it stands, we feel that the EU is a rich man’s club for powerful corporate big business and banking elites. Their underlings – the politicians – are happy enough with the trappings of power. For it to succeed, we believe that a United States of Europe can only function on near dictatorial lines. The national parliaments of various EU member states will then become mere corpses – historical relics of a bygone era.’
- From the article To Dream Of Freedom, issue 3 of Nation

Left: Anti-democracy march held by supporters of the Remain campaign. These protestors don’t seem to know the fundamental difference between Europe and the EU. Europe is a Continent whereas the EU is a political entity – effectively a Superstate or Empire in waiting. Right: Issue 3 of Nations provides an alternative vision for the nations and peoples of Europe.

I DON’T KNOW about the reader, but I’m certainly exasperated by the constant bickering between the Leave and Remain campaign in the run up to June 23rd.  As a National Liberal it is my belief that the European Union is not justified, but I believe loving Europe is more than justified! National Liberals must not be silent on this issue, and nowhere in this issue of Nation is there an anti-European message.  Indeed, it promotes real freedom, real belief and real free speech.

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The leave campaign is headed by feckless xenophobes who both fear and despise the idea of self-determination.  Confused?  Don’t be.  I am on the side of the leave vote, but I cannot deny the stupidity and absence of real arguments for leaving the European Union. However, I believe that Nation does provide real arguments with which the Remain camp would run scolded from their ivory towers. All the Remain camp seems to do is act as a cheerleader for the big corporations.  It always quotes big business and is ignorance of any argument for self determination.  They remind me of certain US ‘nationalists’ who claim they know what is best for the British people, when in fact they have no argument except that of maintaining the status quo.
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For me, both the Remain and Leave camps just reveal (indeed, expose?) the prejudices and agendas of those involved in the debate.  However, Nation proudly provides the real argument for withdrawal from the EU, namely that everyone has the right to self-determination.
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But self-determination cannot be achieved whilst shackled to an organisation with unelected leaders, closed parliaments and decision making bodies that benefit nobody but the super rich and megalomaniacs.  It seems to me that globalisation means that people are going to be tied ever closer to foreign governments – or at least they are expected to be grateful to foreign governments for favours or successes.  (It has also occurred to me that, should we remain in the EU, it will be easier for the Tory government to rid themselves of guilt and blame for the obvious failings particularly our NHS and schools.  This is because Cameron – who I believe at heart wants to Leave but is happy, or at least has been convinced to appear as such, to fight for the Remain camp – can blame ‘Europe’ for all of our problems.)
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But National Liberalism is different and we must be doing more to get our message out.  I know that Nation has been produced by another organisation – Nations without States – but I have no fear that one day the NLP will be seen as the party presenting real answers to the problems brought upon us by the ‘fat cats’ and the liars.

Issue 3 of Nation speaks for itself.  I don’t need to add to it at all.  But you, the reader, must make your own mind up.
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