UKIP: a comfortable home for libertarians?

Shouldn’t we all be joining UKIP?

It’s a perennial question at the Southwark drinks, making an appearance as regularly as “we should start a party” but never appears to be solved one way or the other. UKIP declare they are libertarian, and Nigel Farage is popular in the movement, but as recently as June 7th, Matthew Feeney wrote for Reason magazine that:

While UKIP might advocate for leaving the E.U. it is not a libertarian party. UKIP is against economic and personal freedom, and British libertarians should not be supporting them.

This view is not uncommon but Harry Aldridge begs to differ and will be joining us at the next Rose and Crown drinks to persuade libertarians that his party is worth supporting. And I’m very pleased that he agreed to speak. Harry’s sales pitch and the inevitably challenging Q&A represent an excellent opportunity for anyone who is wavering to really bottom-out this dilemma, and make a decision.

For those that don’t know Harry I think this passage, written on the event of Campbell-Bannerman’s exit tells his story well, and demonstrates what UKIP means for him:

[Harry was] perhaps one of the first young people to have joined [UKIP] many years ago. He has watched so many come and go, he has seen successive leadership and party changes yet his dedication to the party and its objectives has stayed firm, even more exciting is his wish to steer the party in an exciting new direction.

Harry is not just young but represents a whole new political force. He is a self made man, a businessman who has not come from huge wealth and has not studied for years in a university racking up huge debt. He is someone who works hard for what he has and is prepared to carry on doing so until he achieves his destiny. He has proved himself capable of elections and even more importantly he has the resounding backing, support and admiration of the youth of the party Young Independence.

He is a libertarian and is very keen for UKIP to embrace classical liberalism, he is a brilliant tactician and is not just a valuable asset to this party but I would go as far as to say extremely capable at the tender age of 24 to lead this party, not that he or YI would want to challenge Nigel (yet ;) ).

The next drinks are on the 5th July. Harry will speak from 8pm, and the Q&A will wrap-up by 9.

Drinks beforehand will begin at 7pm, though regulars often turn up early. No promises but I expect that the drinking will not end until the pub closes!

You want the Rose and Crown on Colombo Street in Southwark, London.

Map and options to RSVP are on meetup.com.

Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+ 

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  9 comments for “UKIP: a comfortable home for libertarians?

  1. Jun 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Unfortunately, I am not in the country that evening, else I would love to attend: Harry is a bright chap and a highly-dedicated libertarian—he should be very entertaining.

    DK

  2. Jun 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I think if there was a viable libertarian party, the real libertarians would leave UKIP quite quickly. Farage – of course – would stay.

  3. LeedsLib
    Jun 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Surely ‘real libertarians’ won’t be endorsing the political process at all?

    • Jun 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Counting votes is how people decide what to do to each other. Failing to cast a vote is not the same as saying “go away” it is equivalent to staying silent and it isn’t working. I believe we need to use the system to communicate that we want the system to please leave us alone.

      However, this is only a part of what is needed. The ideas need to become mainstream long before votes will begin to mount up. Crucially though, votes will beget votes, so we must start now with both tasks.

      • Jun 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

        Small correction: I would rather my fellow libertarians did not start a party if the movement is not large enough to sustain it. But that is more of a short-term tactical observation, not a strategic observation.

  4. Jan Eirik Boge
    Jun 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Some warm up for [the 5th]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTN7hL5fgWo&feature=player_embedded

    Here Farage answers in the affirmative when being called a libertarian. Interesting.

    • Jun 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for the video! I edited you comment to clarify the date.

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