On the 2nd February 1933 the newly formed Liberal National party defeated the Liberal Party (the party they split from) in their first electoral contest (a by-election in the Scottish parliamentary seat of East Fife). In commemoration of this victory (for a patriotic & pragmatist liberalism), today’s NLP have produced a leaflet entitled ‘National Liberals vs Liberal Democrats: Spot the Difference!’
Although both parties share a traditional belief in protecting civil liberties it points out some of the differences between the two parties: National Sovereignty (the LD’s happy to sign up to a United States of Europe), Globalisation (the LD’s are happy to accept the mass movement of capital or labour in the interests of big business) & State intervention (both parties oppose too much state control but the NLP believes the state can play an important role in protecting the vulnerable sections of society and key sectors of the economy such as the self-employed and small traders).
Although today’s NLP has more in common with the progressive wing of the old Liberal Nationals it is important to highlight that liberalism is not purely represented by the Liberal Democrats and that indeed National Liberalism reflects the true and original liberalism, being patriotic, libertarian and progressive. The South Western National Liberal Party is sponsoring the leaflet. 100 copies of the leaflet can be obtained by sending £3 to the NLP, PO Box 4217, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4PJ.