Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Well folks, that looks like it is that.
The Comms Director, Rantin' Rab, Dick Puddlecote and no doubt many others are reporting the demise of LPUK. According to the official site, it ain't so. Yet. But let's face it, it is only the ventilator which is keeping the party alive, why delay the inevitable? Just pull the plug.
It was a noble experiment, but unfortunately it has been undone by inaction, a few swivel eyed loons and what appears to be a con-man or two.
Soooooooo, what now?
I'm with Dick Puddlecote. There are those who counsel a sort of political isolationism, and I understand where they are coming from what with the coalition, the continuing horror show that is the Labour party, the self-important faux-presidential style of Salmond, Cast Iron Dave actually being papier-mache, the Lib-Dems self destructing in an even more spectacular style than LPUK and the general slavish devotion to the EU (this is the biggest issue we have in my opinion), I find it hard to hold much faith in the political parties.
That being said, I feel that I believe in something strongly enough, and I do, that I should do what I can to promote and bring about that change. As a result, I will be joining UKIP.
I have concerns; despite the party's claim to be Libertarian, I'm not entirely convinced. The whole ban the burqa thing still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Dictating what someone may or may not wear is decidedly anti-libertarian on pretty much every level you care to consider.
However, I feel it is preferable to be a Libertarian in a Libertarian faction in a party with designs on Libertarianism and have the opportunity to expand the ethos within an established party, than it is to be part of a wholly Libertarian yet dysfunctional, incredible and deeply flawed party.
I'm disappointed, but times of upheaval can result in opportunities not previously identified.
My membership will be taken up with UKIP within the hour. The ironic thing being that all the time I've been a Libertarian party member, I've voted either UKIP or spoiled my paper if they weren't on offer (with the exception of Dan Hannan). I never had the opportunity to back a Libertarian Party candidate.