Monday, 26 June 2017

NLP Sponsor Nations without States

ST. PATRICK’S DAY (17 March) saw a meeting of the National Liberal Party’s Steering Committee. Held in Central London it discussed ways of building – and promoting – Progressive Nationalism throughout the British Isles.


The meeting also debated the formation of a group called Nations without States. This group would “promote the principle of self-determination and help coordinate all those groups based in the UK campaigning for small nation’s throughout the globe. Apart from the NLP’s Steering Committee’s Graham Williamson this includes a Tamil MP and a leading Sikh activist.”

Since this initial meeting, a ‘founding statement’ has been issued. It outlines – in a little more detail – the aims and objectives of Nations without States. It reads:

“The National Liberal Party is sponsoring this pressure group called Nations without States to highlight the plight of peoples who aspire to nationhood. These might be based on peoples or tribes based within a state or even across borders that may or may not have been independently organised in the past. They might have a linguistic or historical separateness from their neighbours or fellow citizens. All will aspire to recognition, autonomy or independence.

As nationalists the group NwS will support the right of all such peoples to determine their future whatever they wish that to be. This includes for example the Kurds, Flemish, Sikhs and Tamils. A genuine nationalist supports the right of self-determination where it is based upon a sound and just position and is supported by the majority of its ‘national’ community. The slogan ‘what is right for me is right for you’ simplifies why nationalism is actually an inter-nationalist creed, quite separate to chauvinism which seeks advantage for one nation at the expense of others.

If you a member of a dispossessed national community or would simply like to help this pressure group, please let us know of your cause on our wall or contact the group’s NwS Committee by e-mailing natliberal@aol.com


Nations without States has also launched its own Facebook page. One of its most recent posts looks at the situation in West Papua. Check out NwS here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/184919468292372/
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