Monday, 3 March 2008

Just because there's a gap in the market...

For those of you who hadn't noticed, this is an exciting time in British politics. No, I don't mean the "business as usual" Blaircameronite Westminster farce that the slavish lap-dogs of the media spoon-feed you. Heaven forfend. I'm talking about the arrival of the new brooms which will sweep away the festering rot of party politics and replace it with a new era of party politics. New brooms, I say, for I present to you not one but two new political parties: the UK Libertarian Party and the British People's Alliance.

They stand for rather different things. The BPA is "Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Worker, Anti-War"; UKLP "believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government—on all issues at all times." Let's do a quick compare and contrast (all emphasis is mine):

BPA: believes in the universal and comprehensive Welfare State
UKLP: An end to State funding of lifestyle choices.

BPA: the partnership between a strong Parliament and strong local government
UKLP: Libertarians believe that the role of the State should be to protect our basic rights, and nothing more.

BPA: the whole paid for by progressive taxation
UKLP: Personal Income Tax to be abolished in second financial year of a Libertarian government.

Well, a certain amount of philosophical opposition there. But can these policies find voters? To quote from the BPA:
"..between thirty-four and thirty-eight per cent of respondents to opinion polls now consistently indicate an intention not to vote; this initiative offers the possibility of representation at least for a significant section of those otherwise disenfranchised."
That's right! The reason people don't plan on voting isn't because they just don't care: it's because they secretly agree with a hitherto unknown political platform, but have been too shy to say anything until now. Their very silence on the question of who they want to run the country only proves that they want it to be the BPA. QED, oh Blaircameronite puppets. Q E D.

But soft- what of UKLP? They too have an electoral strategy, and a target vote to boot:
"At the last UK General Election, 4 in 10 registered electors—over 17 million people—chose not to vote."
Let battle be joined!

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