I am informed that now Andrew Withers has been elected as Leader of the Libertarian Party, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills through their solicitors Osborne Clarke, has filed a new application to the court to have this decision struck down, and to oppose any ‘application’ to the Electoral Commission to register Andrew as Party Leader.
They do not feel that they need justify their decision, and have been critisized by the District Judge for ducking out of any court hearing who has now called a conference call of the parties for explanation.
The Libertarian Party annual AGM and Conference is taking place today in London. The following press release was issued at 12.00 today.
Acceptance of Party Leader of the Libertarian Party by Andrew Withers
I would like to thank the Party for the confidence that it has shown in me in electing me unopposed. It is with regret that I cannot take up the post until we have resolved the the extraordinary decision by the Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable on the 12th November 2010 that he objects to me being Party Leader, Treasurer or Tea-boy in the Libertarian Party. In his eyes I am unfit to do so without supervision from his department. Mr Cable was given until 4pm yesterday via his solicitors Osborne Clarke, to withdraw his extraordinary objection from the Bristol District Registry, as he has no powers in Law over the Libertarian Party according to both his own Counsel and Counsel that has volunteered its time on behalf of the Party. I have to tell you no such undertaking has been received, to use a phrase.
All that was received was a letter that informed me yesterday, it was up to me to withdraw this from the Court, being a very simple person I did not understand the logic of this. I was instructed by a District Judge to include all of the organisations here,in America, in South Africa, in France that I am an executive member of. This includes charitable, political, blogs etc etc. Vince Cable’s boys just objected to the lot without fear or favour on the 12th November.
Liam Fox MP, my local MP asked to be kept informed of all developments following his attempts to get Mandelson and now Vince Cable to drop this sorry saga after nearly five years. Incredibly my friends, the District Judge ordered a telephone conference to be heard on Dec 3rd to settle the issues at dispute. Vince’s boys so far have objected to the telephone conference call, and refused to comply with another Court Order. As a party that believes in the supremacy of the rule of law, it is only right and proper that we await the directions of the Court on December 3rd, and that Vince Cable explains to the Court the reasons why on grounds of national security, public safety or in the interests of democracy he can overturn the will of members of the Libertarian Party and Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. I will remain Leader Designate.
Why are we here, a very small band of Libertarians formed into a party that will never in my lifetime seize office under this benighted system called Parliamentary Democracy.
We are here because we are right in philosophy. In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down because Stalinism and Communism had had its day and people wanted freedom, the banking crash built on a mountain of public debt has brought an end to bureaucratic socialism and public and private debt as a way of life.
Now is the age of Liberty, but it is going to be a long fight because vested interest from the three statist parties wish the merry go round to continue. Labour only just lost the election under a corrupt voting system, Con Demery is not going to last, and unless things change dramatically the Social Democrats are going to leave the crumpled warm bed of David Cameron into the soiled sheets of Labour, breaking promises as they go.
I am a Constitutionalist, I believe that none of us count because we have no recognition in Law as individuals because we have no Constitution. We are the neo serfs. The exchequer is broke, we are to be taxed out of recession, yet we are still fighting foreign wars and we are going to give Ireland £7Bn to save the eurozone ? Did anybody consult you ? Do you approve. Shut up- just give us the money.
How do they get away with this ? because the State has the monopoly of violence we are all frightened of the State. Whereas the State should be frightened of us the voter.
De Menezes was a stain on our country, as was Iraq and Afghanistan. We have a Ministry of Defence not a Ministry of War ! Our troops are badly equipped, badly paid and neglected in old age and injury. The only legitimate function of the State is Defence of a free country. Politicians love being associated with the Military, it makes them look hard, the trouble is our civilian police force are playing more to the Force and less to the Civilian part of the equation. When did Dixon turn into Judge Dredd on our streets.
Libertarianism needs re-branding in the UK, the Stalinist left call us right wing, we are neither of the left or the right. David Nolan who tragically died last week put us on a different axis that of Liberty to Authoritarianism. We despise the big State who ever is running it in favour of minimal government that is local and accountable.
We have the obscenity of so called Anarchists taking part in violent demonstrations in favour of large state hand outs. These are not Anarchists, they are simple leftist thugs demanding by violence what they cannot achieve by the ballot box.
Yesterday Cameron issued his first D notice, these are issued in time of war. He is no longer an authoritarian virgin. The Libertarian Party must oppose both nationally and locally. We are small very small but perhaps history will show that we kept fanning the flames of classical Liberalism in a seventy year long downpour of bureaucratic socialism.
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Congratulations to Andrew Withers.
I’d give that speech a grade B. Right sort of ideas, needs work in expression to preach to the unconverted.
The Cable thing has me baffled. I simply cannot understand why he imagines he can have any say in who becomes leader of another Party. Can anyone explain what, if anything, is behind this move? Is there some personal revenge motive? It seems like a tale told by an idiot etc.
Okay, I’ve done a tiny bit of research. It seems that the law used to be that an MP who has become bankrupt may not sit or vote in Parliament. But the Enterprise Act 2002 that received Royal Assent on 7 November 2002 was going to say, in effect, that only persons subject to a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) will disqualify a candidate or MP, and a BRO will only be imposed “when some form of malfeasance or culpability is recognised”.
Click to access snpc-01767.pdf
Is this the basis on which Vince Cable is acting? And is this his only or principal reason for so doing?
Please note that Andrew is neither a bankrupt nor is he insolvent. Those rules do not apply in this case.
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I can’t wait to see this unfold.
@ Ian PJ: Then I’m mystified.
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