A new Liberal party

We all know that National Ministers appear to have reformed National as some sort of big government, nanny statist party.  National desperately needs more influence from true Liberals (big ‘L’) to ensure the government doesn’t continue down this road of “spend, baby, spend” and “tax, baby, tax”.  Thankfully it appears the liberal wing within the Nats is becoming more organised however National needs a party to the Right of it to partner within Government – one that will also challenge the Nats to stick to some of their own principles.

Hooton highlights this in the NBR:

While all libertarians agree that self-interest, individual rights and capitalism are the ethical, political and economic systems of objectivist philosophy, some insist the political wing must also insist, for example, on romantic realism in art.

Others believe broadly in classical liberalism but would be quite happy with, say, vouchers for all schools rather than wholesale abandonment of the state system.

There are potentially as many different opinions as there are libertarians over matters from tolerance toward Islamism or creationism being taught in schools to defence.

Without destroying the very nature of libertarianism, a way must be found to accommodate different views while achieving the degree of political discipline necessary to win the 100,000 votes to get into parliament.

The good news for everyone who would like to see the Libertarianz succeed is that all matters of political strategy appear to be on the table, including perhaps even the party’s name.

If they do get into parliament they will not see themselves so much as a coalition partner for Mr Key but a faction to give his government a kick up the bum.

It is important that the Liberal cause doesn’t get highjacked by the purists and the nutters.  It will be about selecting a few policy platforms that can make a realistic difference now progressing to more major change once the party has become more established.

There are also very real opportunities for Liberals to infiltrate existing parties to form unions across the House. Though this would seem unpalatable to many of the zealous Liberals sometimes it makes more sense, and more change can be affected, by pissing into the tent than pissing out.

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