Wednesday, September 9, 2009

LPUK Press Release - Serving councillor quits LibDems and joins LPUK


Gavin Webb, who was selected as the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Burton in 2008 and elected as a Lib Dem councillor on Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2007, has today announced that he has resigned from the Liberal Democrats.

He says: "I have made a good many friends in my fourteen years of activism in the Liberal Democrats and I hope that those friendships will continue, but regretfully I have decided to resign from the Liberal Democrats.

"The party, like the Conservative and Labour parties, has become a party of the establishment. It has unfortunately firmly wedded itself to the belief that there are primarily government solutions to the problems facing our country, and in the process, they are adopting policies that undermine our rights and freedoms as individuals.

"As far as I can see, most political parties in the UK appear to trust individuals when it comes to voting for councillors, MPs and MEPs, but once comfortably in power they are reluctant to trust individuals when it comes to them making choices about their own lives.

"There is however one political party - the Libertarian Party - that believes in giving responsibility back to individuals over their own lives and their own finances; and it is this party that I have now decided to join.

"We are on the road of authoritarianism, where government is our ruler rather than us being the ruler of our government. It is time for each and every single one of us to make a stand against government and those who feed off it, and demand the reduction of its size and scope.

"From what I've seen from many Lib Dem parliamentarians and councillors I don't believe the Liberal Democrat Party has the inclination to argue for smaller government in defence of our individual rights.

"Though there are some good classical liberal and libertarian types in the party, with whom I hope to continue to have a good relationship, their voices are crowded out by people who believe it perfectly okay to dictate to people how they should live their lives. I don't wish any longer to be a part of that.

"As an active member of the Libertarian Party, I will campaign to inform people that there are more voluntary, rather than coercive ways in which to influence positive outcomes for themselves, their families and the wider community. I hope to impress upon people that though there may be a need for government of some sort, it doesn't have to be government of the size and expense we see today.

Libertarian Party Leader Ian Parker- Joseph said

"It has been a pleasure over the past months to speak with Gavin on numerous occasions, and following a meeting with him last month can attest to his personal commitment to the libertarian values on which he was elected, a man of honour, integrity and a passion for doing the right thing for his constituents.

I am therefore very pleased on behalf of The Libertarian Party to welcome Gavin Webb into the only party that wholly and uniquely stands for libertarian ideals in the UK.

I know that there is a great sadness from Gavin that the Liberal Democrat leadership were unable to rise to the challenge of veering away from the belief that the State has the answers to all our ills. It is a sadness shared by many.

In that light I hope that there are many more who now see the time as right to make the same changes that Gavin Webb has undertaken, not just from the Lib Dems but also those in the Conservative Libertarian wing who are unsuccessfully looking for reforms that will never come, and instead to look to a party that believes in libertarianism as a way of life, rather than one which merely gives lip service to it.

The Libertarian Party is here to stay, and new members such as Gavin Webb can only enhance the message that his constituents so clearly wanted to hear, and that Gavin Webb is living on their behalf."

Libertarian Party Chairman Andrew Withers said-

"Whilst we have a number of Parish and Town Councillors, Gavin is the first City Councillor that has crossed the floor to a truly Radical Party, one that wants to change the relationship between State and the Individual to the point where the State is subordinate to the will of the people, not the people subordinate to the will of the State.  

Furthermore, the Libertarian Party argues that State should be small and accountable.

We welcome Gavin, and hope that his decision will galvanise other Libertarians in other parties to join with us on the long march back to individual Liberty."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Emily's Wedding Rehearsal

A selection of photos of Emily and Stuart's Wedding rehearsal (click on the pics to enlarge)

Emily discussing the plan with the flower girl

Planning and plotting

Zoe the bridesmaid bonding with Charlotte the flowergirl

I don't think much of your seating plan, there's no boys on my table

Stuart checking the exits will still be clear!

Emily, this is hardly the time for the giggles

Dad, this is hardly the time for the giggles

Charlotte showing Zoe the way

"Marriage is a serious undertaking..."


Look Daddy, I've collected all the paperwork

I think I'll go to sleep here on Saturday

Do I have to sign it?

I've done my work, is it time for the meal now, Daddy?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

We can photograph you but you cannot photograph us

From the middle of this month you can go to jail for ten years for photographing a Policeman. I will repeat that for you. Ten years in jail for taking a photograph of a copper. So if a photojournalist takes a photograph of a demonstrator being beaten with a baton, or running them down with a horse, the photographer will be arrested.

Thanks to Leg Iron

Hasn't he done well

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Just left work, thought I'd pop into sainsburys for a cheap bottle of wine for tonight, so I drove away from home towards the store. As I pulled into the carpark, I could smell a burning smell, but as soon as I got out of the car, it dissipated. Thinking nothing more of it, I duly went in and bought my excess of alcohol.

Returning to the car, I started it up, and immediately the smell returned. Oh bugger, thinks I. Not good. I opened the bonnet, took off the oil filler cap and I can see a nice white residue.

Sod it, head gasket gone. Back in to the store to buy some oil and water to coax the car back to work, where I can have a proper look in the morning, and take the Land Rover home (I keep it parked near work as I don't have parking for two cars at home), and just to make things bloody awkward, the battery on that is flat.


Thats more money than I have to repair the sodding thing, so I'll have to try to fix it myself in the work carpark, just as the bitter siberian winds bring snow.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas Everybody. I wish joy and goodwill to everyone, and I hope you all get the gifts you desire (or are at least decent enough to pretend that a pair of socks and a reindeer tie is the best idea ever), and that all your friends and family will love your thoughtful presents.

However, if you are offended by the idea of Christmas, and would like it changed to an alternative style of greeting, please fuck off.