It hardly seems like three months ago that I met Andrew Janes at what was going to be the first meeting of the LPUK in Medway, and now here we are looking at the complete demise of the party. A shame.
Whether it was a good idea poorly implemented or a poor idea fairly well implemeted, it doesnt seem to matter now. It did serve function though, a rallying point for libertarians of different stripes to try and get our voices heard and as such its death is a Bad Thing. The fact that this wasn’t really achieved is not a reason to give up, or, like many are saying to swear off politics altogether.
What I think I’m trying to say is that we need a movement in a much broader sense of the term, and although the LPUK gave us a focal point it was by no means the only such thing that can exist. While many may say things about ‘herding cats’ (and any visit to a Samizdata thread with more than 15 posts proves that point) there are more things we agree on than not- the state is too large, people need competition, we need to live within our means as a country- that sort of thing.
Getting a movement going, with things like the recent Rally Against Debt, things that make a big noise, get people galvanised into action (it’ll snowball) and above all get people to have HEARD of these ideas should be the priority. Nothing so formal as a political party and membership list is required.
Politial parties come later – bums on seats first.