In a part of my pitch yesterday I promised an opportunity to discuss, openly, the merits of the Webb-Andronichuk fresh-start proposal. The document details a set of reforms that promise to “make The Libertarian Party fit for purpose”. The proposal was published on a snazzy new site and a great deal more work went into presenting this nicely than any of the rival proposals published on LPUK.org. If this were a beauty contest, then the proposals would win hands-down, but what of the merits?
For those Libertarians who joined the Libertarian Party, the last few months have been an unpleasant disappointing and sometimes stressful period. We joined to help build the Party up, to help make real changes in the country but instead the Party imploded. Yet, like a dying star, the Party has left a cold hard core behind, the fate of which is little understood, difficult to observe and highly uncertain. This does not mean the heat death of libertarianism.
There is a popularly accepted belief that is sorely in need of debunking. A government is legitimate if it has been elected by the majority of the governed, and thus authorised to make decisions by, or rule the entire populace on behalf of, that majority. That British governments are elected by the majority of the governed, and are thus authorised by those majorities to make decisions or rule on their behalf. That therefore British governments are legitimate.