Making Volunteerism Work

Making Volunteerism Work

Cllr. Wayne G. Mills


I wouldn’t have counted myself as an activist, or even politically motivated, but just a compassionate guy who cares deeply for the rights of people, to have a say in their lives and local community. Until recently that is! On May 7th 2015, upon my election to becoming a Councillor, that fuzzy warmth of reasoning led me into my first experience of local politics at the age of 49.

In Earls Barton Parish Council we are 13 in number, with a sizeable precept for one of the largest villages in the UK. Locally the 3 Borough Councillors are Conservative, and we have a Conservative County Councillor who is just off the nipple and still has him Mummy stick up for him in the playground. My own career in the Building Industry allowed me to sit comfortably on the Planning, Highways and Maintenance committees and enjoy running many events locally as well.

My first year or so in office was largely about local issues, until we had a game changer – Northamptonshire County Council is basically bust – in November last year we were faced with the devastating effect of an overspend of £21.1m.

We were told that the council were looking to save £34.3m as well as considering even selling off its newly built £53m headquarters. Earlier this month it imposed the section 114 notice banning all new expenditure apart from statutory services in social care.

One local effect is that our Library service is up for closure. Not a big deal to some in the e-books era but a very big deal to a community that has never been told NO before and view it more as a community hub building rather than just a book lending service.

At this point passions were running high and I suddenly felt empowered! I could feel my libertarian views taking shape amongst the haymaking of the socialists locally. The Tories just kept quiet and blamed Central Government for its funding deficit rather than admit to the crass mismanagement that we have witnessed for years.

I attended a meeting at the County Council and rather dramatically demanded a Community Asset Transfer of the Library. The asset had been owned by our community long before it had been dragged under Local Authority control. However, when my demand was reported back to our chamber in the village Labour highjacked the idea on social media pretending it was their brainchild. At that point the gloves were off, and I became a Libertarian Councillor for the Libertarian Party.

The bottom line is that in the community we can cover the Library running costs at a cost of £5 on band D Council Tax until it becomes sustainable. That’s just further taxation I hear you cry, but the Library then must change its focus to become a free market venture to survive and be self-sufficient in the long term.

Taking over these Local Authority assets allows us to consider together how resources might be developed in a way that could be sustainable in community hands and is stimulating creative ideas about where services are based and how they are delivered. The need for a business plan and financial management objectives will help us shape the building usage more.

The realisation locally is that The County Council will no longer be a service provider but more an essential service financier. This is where the Libertarian bit comes in.

Suddenly locally we are seeing Voluntary Associations popping up. We have an “Is Kind” group I assist managing and I run an associated man only support group too. We have over 1000 people as members in less than 6 months and it is like giving an Apache a Winchester once people realise they have some freedom, and it is honestly great to witness.

We offer elderly and lonely befriending services in conjunction with the NHS; a village food bank and a hot meal service; a free swapping service for all household goods and clothing; and even groups of men helping the vulnerable victims of domestic violence with furniture for wrecked homes. Social events and volunteering are flourishing and I am proud the community are seeing they have more freedom of choice away from the thought process that ‘it’s what the council should provide’. All of this involves no tin rattling but just kindness, humanity and no monetary donations.

The constitution of the groups include the wording:

  • To respect the personal integrity of those we help. Never to judge or moralise over anyone’s problems or situations. All individuals must respect the equal rights of others.
  • To actively promote localism and volunteering to establish greater local public freedom without political and religious influence.
  • Respect the equal rights of others and protect these individually held rights from abuse by others.

We have a long road to travel but with energy and commitment we will help shape a better future locally. Without mentioning my political leanings I am helping to shape a community along the road to greater freedom and liberty. Now all I must do is get enough support to launch my career to challenge the establishment further up the pyramid as a Libertarian.

If we are to progress our passions locally we must reach into the hearts as well as the minds of our constituents and sell a creative vision for everyone. We must stress that less government doesn’t mean caring any less.

2018. Let’s Make Brexit Great Again

Brexit

Scott Neville
Hampshire Coordinator


Let’s not lie. The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is not going well – much like David Cameron in 2014, our prime minister has successfully negotiated the UK giving in to the EU’s demands. If we are truly honest with ourselves following the result of the election – did we expect anything else? For all of his faults (and there are many) Jeremy Corbyn has played a tactical master stroke. He has positioned the Labour Party as one that the die-hard Remainers can support, whilst actually having a commitment to Brexit in their manifesto. His supporters know that the actual truth is irrelevant. After all, anything that was bad was done by the Tories! You only need to look at some of the Facebook pages which tell you the Private Finance Initiative is all the Tories’ fault despite it being Labour’s only plan for expanding infrastructure in the NHS in 2009. Mr Corbyn is now looking to strike a fine balance of: enough socialism to secure his position; sufficient Brexit back-peddling to ‘honour’ the referendum result; adequate connections to the EU and a sprinkling of just enough market based economy to ensure the EU will bail us out when it all falls apart.

Yet the Conservatives have no real plan for leaving the EU, they are all too aware of the public sector and the pensions funding problem. They can’t really allow immigration to fall as they so desperately need all those young people coming in paying taxes to keep kicking the unfunded state pensions can down the road. They clearly want to be a free market, but have no idea why the free market is good and are scared of it because socialism has become so young, new and cool (a child – at a mere 151 years old!) (more…)

New Year, Same Problem

NHS Problems

Andrew Withers
Party Chairman


Yet again we are on the annual winter financial NHS crisis, and the solution always offered is the same, throw more money at the problem. The money being ‘Government’ money which of course is Taxpayers’ money – not magic money from the free money tree.

Notwithstanding that the NHS wastes £2bn a year on Labour’s off balance sheet scam called PFI, and one health tourist alone cost the NHS in Manchester £500,000, waste is endemic in the NHS, as is incompetence. Where else in Europe are we seeing hospitals close for operations and telling people to stay away from A&E? (more…)

Pushing Back Against Cultural Marxism

Protesters Marching

Dan Liddicott
Midlands/Mercia Region Coordinator and Students/Youth Coordinator


It has been said that those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. While this is true of so many things, the cultural marxist revolution we are now experiencing is perhaps the most insidious of them.

One of the most infamous movements of the cultural marxist revolution of the last century was kicked off in Peking University in 1966 at the hand of the Red Guard. In his book, The Cowshed: Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Xi Xianlin, a professor of Eastern Languages, recorded his first hand account of the events of those days, as they transpired right there on the Peking campus. From his descriptions one would be forgiven for drawing a comparison with the ‘activism’ of modern western student bodies, faculties, government departments, and court judgements over recent months and years. The similarity is chilling, and ought to serve as a stark warning of how far things have gone.

Cultural revolution was a term coined by Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci in the 1920s and 30s. It was he who theorised that the new marxism could only be held in place, without constant force and violence, by the overthrow of pre-existing cultural institutions in addition to the political ones. While major marxist revolutions in the east began with violence quickly followed by cultural revolution, the proletariat uprising predicted by Marx to kick off in Britain failed to materialise. The reality was that the British working classes actively enjoyed the rising living standards of capitalism and free trade and so the necessary catalyst was missing. A different approach to bringing about marxism was needed in those western countries resistant to violent marxist revolution. That alternative approach was to bring about the cultural revolution first. This is what we see happening now. (more…)

The Libertarian Party: ten years strong

Libertarian Party 10 Years Strong

Andrew Withers
Party Chairman


The UK Libertarian Party came into being ten years ago in response to a long forgotten authoritarian atrocity carried out by Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown’s authoritarian measures have been forgotten due to the continual and subsequent authoritarian laws passed since. This ever authoritarian legislation has stemmed from: alleged ‘Conservatives; their ridiculous running mates being the not-so-liberal and not-so-democratic – Liberal Democrats in Coalition; now we contend with this current minority Conservative Administration (which is almost incapable of defending the national interest with regard to the EU). In terms of national defence – such authoritarian measures continue apace. (more…)

The Libertarian Housing Policy

Libertarian Party Housing Policy

Will Taylor
Party Deputy Leader


Our 10 step plan to introduce more freedom to the housing market, including sales and rental markets, includes bold proposals such as: to abolish stamp duty; reduce Capital Gains Tax on second property sales; and promote major relaxation on planning rules. We believe that introducing more freedom will slow down the increase in house prices and rents, and protect both tenants and landlords.

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Liberty Rising

Liberty Rising

Adam Brown
Party Leader


No government willingly gives power back to the people – when we are speaking about freedom there is not an option to let them have the power now and take it back in the future. The time to stop them is always now. Tomorrow is too late.

I would like to reflect on the past and look to the future as 2017 draws to a close. At the January Libertarian Party Conference we reflected on 2016 and what a prominent year it had been. Yet 2017 started with a dominant Conservative Party, an opposition in disarray being affectively led by the SNP and all the questions were about if there would ever be a Labour government again. Then in April the Prime Minister decided to press ahead with her plan to wipe out Labour by calling an election. In merely one night in June the political scene altered to one with a resurgence of the far left – it has altered to such a point that the conversation is now one of when Britain will elect the unelectable Communist himself! We are now left asking – how long can the Conservatives cling to power? (more…)