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BREITBART SHARES the ASTOUNDING NEWS: BRITISH LIBERTARIANS are trying to INFLUENCE UKIP in a LIBERTY DIRECTION!

I was going to blog about something else but this news from Breitbart London (which I am reading everyday and you should too!) is astounding – it’s enough to make me want to move to the UK!

UKIP GRASSROOTS WANT LIBERTARIAN MANIFESTO

Check out what the UKIP bloggers (I am not a UKIP blogger but it was funny to read somewhere yesterday that no one was writing about UKIP but now everybody wants to!  I wanted to comment:  Over here!  Virginia Right has been writing about UKIP for how long?  Someone actually COMPLAINED to Tom White about too much UKIP at the blog!  Well, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, who’s laughing now?!) want for their party?

Well some of the UKIP bloggers probably would like to talk with the young lady in the photo!  (Turns out to be Christina Aguilera!  I had to be told that!  See what I know about pop culture!)  But me being happily married I turned immediately to the substance:

In a discussion forum from yesterday, awkwardly-named user Cameron94 said he wanted:

  • An emphasis on localism, and a dramatic distribution of powers from Westminster to local councils;

  • Constitutional and democratic reform- open primaries, citizen initiatives, local and national, a more democratic House of Lords, AV voting system, and a massive hand over of powers from number 10 and the Cabinet to Parliament;

  • More legalizing of items or drugs that the current government seems to be complacent in holding from people, like drugs and handguns;

  • Emphasis on a federal UK structure as to preserve the union and help to establish more of an English identity;

  • A pro independent school structure with a good emphasis on grammar schools;

  • Dramatic reform to NHS and welfare services, encouraging less bureaucracy, more accountability and incentives for those to have their own personal health care accounts like they do in Singapore to encourage responsibility and consumer choice in the health care service;

  • Tax cuts of most kinds, including abolishing inheritance tax and most green levies.

Wait there’s more:

General Scruff, who has the denomination “Tory Boy” next to his name says the following would make him “move over to [UKIP] fully”:

  • Appointed House of Lords but subject to greater scrutiny, with the aim of making the Lords only able to suggest changes, rather than block bills;
  • Legalisation of handguns for those with licenses;
  • Reforms to the health and welfare services aimed at cutting bureaucracy, even at the cost of ‘consumer choice’, much of the bureaucracy is to do with the internal market and such. I do think this is one area where market forces are better not to intervene;
  • Grammar schools to be brought back;
  • Nuclear power in place of coal and oil to reduce our dependency on foreign energy and make us a net exporter of oil once again;
  • Defence cuts to be reversed, spending back up to 2004 levels, with an emphasis on more flexible options;
  • Civil liberties as understood by ‘common law’ to be enshrined as the most important thing in our country.

Suddenly it doesn’t seem like UKIP is pandering to “racists, homophobes, misogynists, little Englanders” etc etc, does it?

I think that libertarian ideas would be good for UKIP.  I do not think there should be reform for the House of Lords or any other structural reforms affecting the constitutional monarchy.  I really like the local devolution policies.  The guns issue is good and solid and can be portrayed as a prophylactic protection of the right to self-defense that is a common law right in UK.  All for privacy and civil liberties, including a removal of all these “hate crimes” laws and the abuse of human rights to silence dissenters.  The energy and tax policies are great.  I do not know much about grammar schools (That was what elementary schools were called when I was a kid in the USA) but opening up the education system is a good thing.

I would stay away from the NHS.  Yes it probably needs reform and maybe even privatizing.  But it is too much of a sacred cow.  It’s like Hitler invading the Soviet Union – too much fight on too many fronts at one time.  Say what Farage said:  We’ll never touch free entry into the health care system.

So, my again free advice (what’s the bill up to?  Eight million pounds I figure at this point!) is to embrace these ideas – work on them.  This is your moment, Nigel Farage and UKIP.  You are bringing hope to people around the world!  Don’t mess this up.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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