Euan McHardy emailed me to suggest the “gap may already have been filled” by the libertarian party. He continued: “They do have the not in significant deviation of favoring Scottish independence, but will hopefully table that after separation is rejected later this year.”
So, what do they stand for?
Statement of Principles of the Scottish Libertarians
We, the members of the Scottish Libertarians challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labour. Even within Scotland all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labour without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market
Whilst it is easier to criticise than to write, unlike UKIP who had a pragmatic tone, I don’t like the Libertarian policies. Take for example this paragraph:
The Scottish Libertarians are the party of vision. We see the imbalance between freedom and responsibility and we see how people accept the loss of freedom in the name of government providing them safety and security against threats both real and imagined. When a people relinquish responsibility for their actions and expect others to bear the consequences, they also relinquish their freedom. They have become like children ill-equipped for the demands of freedom and must rely on the State to care for them.
What does this mean? But their policy on the NHS & Education is clear:
The Scottish Libertarians reject the premise of the welfare state that the government has a moral duty to provide for the poor and elderly and services to the community, such as free healthcare, free museums, free education, and free activity and recreational centres.
Education, like any other service, is best provided by the free market,Education, like any other service, is best provided by the free market,
And how’s this for a foot in mouth policy:
There are no groups. There are only people and people come individually.
Why don’t they just say “Society, there’s no such thing as society”. And to cap it all at a time when all major parties are agreeing that immigration is a problem how is this for an immigration policy:-
Immigration: Part of the free movement of goods, services, and capital is the free movement of people. The Scottish Libertarians support easy immigration into Scotland.
I found this website a week too early? It must be intended for the 1st of April!