Institutional news and internal affairs.

The policy free party


James Rigby shares an interesting strategic idea with upstart blogger The Libertarian: there should be no party policies or manifesto. I’ll say that again. There should be no party policies or manifesto. There can be principles – libertarian principles such as non-aggression, individual liberty and property rights, but that’s it. My view is that only…

UKIP lose thanks to Tory vote splitters


I liked this: UKIP’s Nigel Farage said the surge in support for his party was not a “freak result”, telling the BBC: “If the Conservatives hadn’t split our vote we would have won.” The BBC give the result as follows: Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 13,342 Diane James (UKIP) 11,571 Maria Hutchings (Conservative) 10,559 John O’Farrell…

Richard Lowe leaves UKIP


Richard Lowe, UKIP PPC for Chester has fallen foul of this local party. Via Facebook: Reasons for me no longer being a UKIP PPC/Member: Local branch had issues with: 1) Leaving the EU wasn’t my reason for being in UKIP. 2) Whilst I like open borders, I was never campaigning for them as a PPC,…

UKIP’s Latest Blunder May Cost Them Dear


The ousting of Olly Neville as leader of Young Independence, the youth section of UKIP, and the reasons behind it, will no doubt come as a serious blow to the many libertarians within that party who had hoped that UKIP offered an opportunity to build a party with a strong libertarian message, even if the…

#OllyGate fails the Nigel Farage Test


Dear Nigel, It is well known that you have two tests for a person’s quality… 1. Would I employ them? 2. Would I have a drink with them? You use it quite effectively to berate and point out how useless, out of touch and incompetent our political class are. So it saddens me that I…