Are you still here? Well I am, more or less, and though perhaps a little bit behind the curve I have just noticed that there now appears to be a Libertarian Party here in old blighty. Yes the UK Libertarian Party has apparently been around for a few months now; they even have a website and everything, and their moral compass couldn’t be proclaimed more boldly than on its introductory page.
Libertarians believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government—on all issues at all times. We don’t say government is too big in one area, but then in another area push for a law to force people to do what we want. We believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom from government—on all issues at all times.
Their emphasis, not mine. It’s rousing, unequivicol, take-no-prisoners stuff. And yet, and yet…glancing through their manifesto that articulates the virtues of their policies on the rule of law, the economy, heathcare, education and defence we eventually reach their
Totally free movement of people into the UK is not practical whilst we have a large welfare state and other countries are themselves not broadly Libertarian in nature. In line with the Rule of Law, a transparent, consistent points based system is one of our key proposed measures to humanely manage migration.
So, er, not liberty and freedom on all issues at all times after all then (my emphasis, this time around.) Still, it is the impractical idealism (as I see it) that some libertarians exhibit that means I often dismiss their theories as being strictly for the birds no matter how attractive they may seem, so perhaps a realistic policy is to be welcomed. No doubt a fuller discussion of their immigration policy than this mere overview will reveal an admirable aspiration to eliminate such restrictions on the free movement of people, once that troublesome welfare state is done away with by a Libertarian government, no?
- The UK shall have full control over its immigration policy with any right of final appeal remaining within the UK.
- We propose the adoption of a points-based immigration policy for economic migrants.
- Asylum Seekers must present at a UK border otherwise their claim shall not be accepted. Those refusing to declare originating country and accept that denial of their application will result in their return shall be denied entry, and any right to seek asylum will be refused outright without appeal.
- Move towards asylum seekers to be held “air side” while their case is heard as swiftly as possible, e.g. within 2 weeks.
- End automatic access to education and resources for any child who presents itself to the authorities, i.e. vouchers will not be available.
- Any concept of a mass “amnesty” for illegal immigration undermines Rule of Law and as such will not be entertained.
So that’ll be a no then. Now, I’m no Libertarian, so I could have got it all wrong here, but this all seems to be less a UKLP policy than a UKIP one; all of which is perhaps not too surprising, as that is only where the party’s Director of Communications has just come from.