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Free Thought, Free Speech & Free Assembly For All!

GARY LINEKER has been all over the news recently.  For those who don’t know, Lineker hails from Leicester and began his football career with Leicester City in 1978.  He’s also played for Everton, Barcelona & Spurs.  He ended his playing career in Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight and retired in 1994.  

He also represented England at international level.  Here, he remains England’s fourth-highest scorer, with 48 goals.  

He’s since carved out a very successful career with the BBC.  He’s probably best known as the presenter of Match of the Day and as lead presenter for live matches & competitions like the World Cup.   

According to this BBC News item – earned an eye watering  £1.35m over the 2021/22 financial year.  He’s undoubtedly done well for himself & we have absolutely no problem with people earning big money.

Lineker has come a long way.  As far as we’re aware, Lineker is from a humble & ordinary working-class background.  He started off life working on the family fruit & veg stall in Leicester Market  

He’s been married & divorced twice & his eldest son (George) survived a rare form of leukaemia when he was a baby.  So, life hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses for him.  

Over the years, Lineker has expressed views that are often described ‘woke’ – although many people disagree on what this term actually means.  We believe that many on the reactionary ‘right’ are simply opposed to him because they are reactionaries.  We also believe that some on the ‘left’ support him because his views wind up those on the ‘right’.  

Sadly, many of the online comments we’ve read about him (both for and against) are simply juvenile.  Very few have attempted to address the fundamental issue of freedom of thought, freedom of speech (& freedom of assembly for all).  Hopefully our potted history has provided some context to his life & what may drive his views.   

So, what did Gary Lineker say that got him in so much hot water?   

Basically, he took to Twitter to oppose the governments Illegal Migration Bill – – which bans migrants who arrive on small boats from settling in the UK.  

Here he noted: “This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the ’30s, and I’m out of order?”  

This simple tweet led to many on the ‘right’ to condemn Lineker.  Some even demanded that he be sacked as a BBC presenter.  They pointed out that the BBC contract of employment has the following rule:

We’d argue that bringing ‘the BBC into disrepute’ (point 2) is so wide ranging & subjective that it’s next to useless.   

Indeed, how would one define ‘disrepute’ these days?  How many people have to disagree with your point of view before the company you work for is brought into ‘disrepute’?    

Some people like Gary Lineker hold – and express – strong views.  This in itself means that someone, or some group, are inevitably going to object to what he says.  Let’s face it, mankind has been arguing about politics (in particular) forever and a day.  Social media only amplifies this & Twitter can be a bit of a cesspit, to say the very least.   

It’s also important to point out that Lineker is a BBC sports presenter & is not a newscaster.  Therefore, we’d have thought that the third point (above) doesn’t really apply to him.  Even if it did, we’d run into the same subjective problems relating to what subjects are ‘controversial’.   

National Liberals believe that both ‘left’ and ‘right’ are engaged in a dangerous form of tit for tat cancel culture.   

Here the ‘left’ object to something that’s been said by someone from the ‘right’ (or who is perceived to be from the ‘right’).  The ‘left’ create an online storm hoping that their target will self-censor themselves or will be disciplined – or even sacked – by their employers.   

We only have to look at the treatment meted out to JK Rowling & Matthew Le Tissier who’ve been accused of expressing ‘dangerous’ views (JK Rowling in respect of her views relating to the Trans debate & Matthew Le Tissier in respect of his views relating to the Covid lockdowns and the possible relationship between onfield collapses & Covid vaccinations after three footballers collapsed in one week).  

To counter this, the ‘right’ then employ the same tactics & create a storm over the views of someone from the ‘left’ as Gary Lineker has found out.

It should come as no surprise that the ‘left’ effectively act as a mirror image of the ‘right’.  They pay lip service to the twin ideals of civil & religious liberties for all and free thought, free speech & free assembly for all.  In fact, they’re all dangerous posturing fools who wouldn’t understand the concept of a principled stand.  

In contrast, we prefer open, honest & respectful debate.  No subject matter should be taboo.  Our view is that either we all have rights – or none of us have rights.  And those rights should be extended to everyone, no matter what their point of view is.  


•  IT’S OFTEN SAID that whilst the media is fixated on one subject, one has to look around for the news item that they’re not telling you about!  As we all know, Gary Lineker has dominated the headlines for the last couple of weeks.  So what’s been going on in the background – any thoughts?

• ARE YOU particularly interested in elements of the State (often in conjunction with big Corporations) trying to curtail free speech?  If so, check outFree Speech:  How Do We Protect It?

Localism = Freedom From Central Government. 15 Minute Cities = Control By Central Government.

The National Liberal Party’s idea of localism is the complete opposite of the Government’s proposed 15 minute cities.

FIRST OF ALL, the National Liberal Party wishes to nail its colour’s firmly to the mast.  We are a movement that supports localism.   

But what is localism?   

As our poster notes, we define it as ‘a policy which supports the local production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.  It puts the local economy, community and environment first.’  

However, our idea of localism should not be confused with the government’s idea of 15 minute cities.  

The National Liberal Party is completely opposed to ‘big government.’  Instead, we favour ‘small government’.  We wish to restrict government functions to the absolute minimum.   

Government shouldn’t interfere in the day-to-day affairs of ordinary people.  We’ve absolutely no interest in extending the power & reach of what’s become known as the ‘Nanny States’.  

As we constantly note, our raison d’êtreis is economic, political & national self-determination.  

We firmly believe that our people (and nations) should be sovereign – and not subjects.  Therefore, we propose devolving all forms of power down to the lowest possible common denominator.   

Localism is the opposite of globalism.  

Localism is more to do with voluntary association & mutual aid.  Globalism is all about coercive control.  And that is why we localists oppose the globalists.  

Globalists – the banks, corporations & MSM – are only interested in money, power & control.  Effectively, they’re the new slave masters.  

With the above in mind, two things should be blindingly obvious:  

•  National Liberalism is all about freedom – and not control.  

•  And the National Liberal Party’s idea of localism is the complete opposite of the Government’s proposed 15 minute cities.

Yes! We Have No Tomatoes

To achieve food self-sufficiency, sovereignty & sustainability we must Buy British!

HAVE YOU ATTEMPTED to do a full weekly supermarket shop recently?  If so, you’ve probably nearly gave up in despair trying to get hold of fruit & veg. For some bizarre reason, tomatoes in particular, appear to be as scarce as hen’s teeth.

But why is this?

There are many, many theories doing the rounds.

Some people are quick to blame it on Brexit.  We understand that many tomatoes originate from the Mediterranean.  However, as this BBC News article – – notes, the UK physically left the EU in 2020.   If there was going to be a shortage why is it happening three years later?

Others believe that the lack of fruit & veg is some form of artificial crisis manufactured by the supermarkets.  (To justify this claim, they point out that whilst the likes of Tesco have gaping holes in its displays, local shop and market stalls are groaning with products.)  They feel that some shoppers are so wedded to the supermarkets they’ll not even think of going elsewhere.  Therefore, these same shoppers will be so delighted to see tomatoes and the like back on the shelves, they’ll be prepared to pay anything for them.  This is obviously good for profits & for shareholders!

We’ve even read that it’s some of sinister government plot designed to keep people frightened – as frightened people are more pliable & far easier to control.

Whatever the truth is, the National Liberal Party feels that much of boils down to a lack of long term & strategic thinking.

We feel that successive UK governments – no matter of what political hue – have been more interested in positive headlines & ‘optics’ generated by a short-term policy of importing cheap foodstuffs.  

This is because these governments are ultimately at the beck & call of the Money Power.  (If you think that any government represents the will of – and acts on behalf of – its people, think again.  Real power rests with the elites – the likes of banks, the media & multinational corporations.

The Money Power is internationalist in character.  It has absolutely no interest in any form of real sovereignty – in this case food sovereignty.  It also pays lip service to ideas such as sustainability.

The way to overcome food shortages is to work toward self-sufficiency, sovereignty & sustainability.  And the only way we can do this is by promoting a long-term ‘Buy British’ policy.

We believe in a managed move back to the land (for those who want to).  This should be combined with a return to smaller mixed farms in order to get away from what appear to be vast prairies growing just one item.

Growing (and consumption of) seasonal products should be encouraged.  In order to promote organic products, we may have to introduce some form of subsidy.  Any subsidy will be more than paid back in terms of the health of our nation.

We acknowledge that we can’t achieve self-sufficiency, sovereignty & sustainability overnight.  It will be a very long-term process, but we have to start somewhere.  Buying British fruit & veg from a local shop or market stall is as good as place as anywhere to start this process.  

The NLTU Supports The Right To Strike!

Workers from many trades & professions are – or will be – taking industrial action.

WORKERS in general & Trade Unionists in particular will be aware of the recent upsurge in industrial action.  Indeed, it seems that over the past few months, virtually every UK-based trade & profession has – or will be – will be out on strike.  

Reacting to this wave of unrest, some Tories seem to be genuinely baffled as to why people feel the need to go on strike.  These Tories, with their offshore accounts, trust funds & the like are living the life of Riley.  They’re completely out of touch with ordinary working families.  So much so, that one has to wonder if they actually live on the same planet as the rest of us?  

There’s hardly a fag paper’s worth of a difference between the ‘left’ of the Conservative Party & the ‘right’ of the Labour Party.  And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is firmly to the ‘right’.  In fact, he’s effectively Tony Blair in disguise.  This means that Labour – ‘the party of the working class’ – are simply interested in ‘optics’ as opposed to solutions.  

If nothing is done to satisfy the genuine concerns of workers – over pay, terms & conditions of work, health & safety issues & redundancies – the strikes will intensify.  There are already calls for a General Strike and these demands will get louder.   

With the above in mind, the National Liberal Trade Unionists – NLTU – feel that the forthcoming May Day celebrations will be the largest for many years.  They will be used – rightly – to send a message to the Establishment.   

The NLTU promotes a non-socialist form of trade unionism.  We’re about building employee protections rather than class revolution.  We support the principles of liberty which includes the protection of all individual employees.  And whilst we favour consultation over confrontation, the NLTU supports the right to strike. To find out more, simply check out

Self-Determination Is A Human Right

WELCOME TO THE third and final instalment of our mini-series of articles which has looked at the various forms of Self-Determination.   

Whilst the whole raison d’etre of the National Liberal Party is Self-Determination, this mini-series was specifically written with the last Greater London Authority – GLA – elections in mind.  Here the National Liberal Party (NLP) had intended to stand up to 25 candidates (who’d represent the various diaspora now living in London) on a ticket of Self-Determination For All!  

Our election campaign mainly concentrated on National Self-Determination.  However, we also looked at matters relating to Economic Self-Determinationand Political Self-Determination.  

To date, this mini-series has examined Economic Self-Determination – and Political Self-Determination –  

Therefore, we now look at the major issue of National Self-Determination.  

So what do we mean by National Self-Determination?  

The NLP succinctly defines National Self-Determination as a system whichseeks to ensure decisions affecting the collective future of a nation are taken by ALL the people via referendum. This may be ‘External’, for example: the creation or maintenance of a nation state, or ‘Internal’ – framing/updating a constitution to reflect how a people should rule themselves. (We favour independent nations and liberal, democratic, states).’

Our friends & comrades of the pressure group Nations without States – NwS – aim to highlight the plight of peoples who aspire to nationhood.  Their Facebook site – – provides more in-depth information relating to the meaning of National Self-Determination. 

For NwS, it ‘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 Self-determinists 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 Self-determinist supports the right of self-determination globally 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 genuine nationalism is actually an inter-nationalist creed, quite separate to chauvinism which seeks advantage for one nation at the expense of others.’


It’s with the above in mind that the National Liberal Party contested the GLA elections.  The delay in the election helped us reach out to activists who represented the many different people now living in London who desire Self-Determination for their respective homelands.   

Our GLA election campaign was fought largely on-line (although there was some targeted leafletting).  Here we produced posters, a manifesto & videos for distribution via social media.  And, although our candidates specifically representing their various national communities, they spoke up for ALL self-determination communities and causes. They obtained 2,860 votes but the main purpose was to promote self-determinist ideas. 

For more information about Self-Determination, check out the following Facebook sites:  

•  Facebook/National Liberals  

Facebook/National Liberal Party  

Facebook/Nations without States 468292372

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