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Libertarian Party UK ’1984′ campaign

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November 4th 2008

A COPY OF ORWELL’S ‘NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR’ SENT TO EVERY MP

An Internet grass-roots campaign will this week deliver a copy of George Orwell’s
prophetic novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ to every Member of Parliament.

The books will be inscribed with the words, ‘This book was a warning, not a
blueprint’, and will arrive at Parliament on or before November 5th — a date
of well known historical significance for that building.

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Outraged by the continual attack upon civil liberties within our nation, a
fortnight ago the Libertarian Party proposed reminding those in Westminster
who they were elected to serve, and in whose interests the laws that they pass
are meant to function.

Spread purely by word of mouth, a campaign to send each Member of Parliament
their own copy of Orwell’s dystopian classic met with overwhelming support on
the Internet, with many more books pledged than the 646 required to ensure that
every one of our elected representatives receive a personal copy. The Libertarian
Party contributed just 75 books itself, with the remainder coming (directly,
or via campaign donations) from people of all political parties, and of none.

The UK Libertarian Party leader, Ian Parker-Joseph, explained, “As the
people of Britain become ever more spied upon and ever more heavily taxed, as
the government attempts to control how much we should smoke, eat and drink,
as the state legislates to regulate ever more the minutiae of our lives, the
Libertarian Party want to remind people that we have the power, and that our
elected representatives work for us.

“The Libertarian Party would like the people of Britain to remember that
the state is the servant of the people, and not our master. Moreover, we wish
to remind those in Westminster of this fact.

“Many constituents of these MPs will be adding their own personal messages
to the books that they are sending,” added Mr Parker-Joseph, “and
it is a sad reflection of how far towards Orwell’s vision our country has already
slipped that some members of the public have expressed fear at the potential
consequences of simply sending their MP a 60 year old novel. One correspondent
wrote to me:

I told my wife I was taking part in this campaign and her and the children’s
answer was “don’t do it, you will get into trouble and have them after
us”. I have been told on numerous occasions by my wife that you cannot win
against the State so “why argue with them, why complain?”

She believes that you cannot fight against the Government or powers that
be and that if you do you will be watched and eventually “they” will come
and get you so it is best not to complain, make waves etc.

“What sort of society are we living in where people are so afraid of their
government? Something is very, very wrong here” concluded Mr Parker-Joseph.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1) The Libertarian Party was founded on November 21st 2007 and officially launched
on January 1st 2008. The party’s website can be found at: http://www.lpuk.org
2) Further details of the party’s policies can be found in our manifesto: http://www.lpuk.org/pages/manifesto.php
3) Libertarianism is a political philosophy based on support for individual
liberty. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism
4) The Party’s blog regularly examines how the UK is slipping into the totalitarian
vision portrayed by Orwell. See, for example, here:
http://lpuk.blogspot.com/2008/10/1984-arrogant-tom-harris-mp-just-doesnt.html

CONTACT

Communications Director of the Libertarian Party, Chris Mounsey, may be contacted
on [redacted]. Alternatively, you may email media@lpuk.org

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Source URL: http://lpuk.org/pages/posts/1984-campaign15.php

Related Article:

Every MP [in UK] to receive a copy of Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

Stewart Cowan, 4/11/08

The Libertarian Party UK 1984 campaign is this week delivering a copy of George
Orwell’s prophetic novel to every Member of Parliament. The books will be inscribed
with the words, ‘This book was a warning, not a blueprint’ and will arrive at
Parliament on or before November 5th – a date of well known historical significance
for that building.

The UK Libertarian Party leader, Ian Parker-Joseph, explained, “As the
people of Britain become ever more spied upon and ever more heavily taxed, as
the government attempts to control how much we should smoke, eat and drink,
as the state legislates to regulate ever more the minutiae of our lives, the
Libertarian Party want to remind people that we have the power, and that our
elected representatives work for us.”

The first MP to receive his copy was Tom Harris, Labour MP for Glasgow South
and recently relieved of his ministerial position at the Department for Transport.

Mr Harris penned a blog entry entitled, “An Orwellian nightmare? Oh, wake
up!
” in which he accused those worried about the creeping power of the
state in our everyday lives of being “strange” and “paranoid”.

Practically every one of the many commentators disagreed with Mr Harris and
there were many eloquent replies, so his next blog entry was, “Poking that
sleeping dog with a stick,
” in which he states:

“Although I disagree with those who say we’re slipping towards
a police state (just about everyone who commented on that post), I’m
at least aware of the concerns that lead people to have such fears.”

This post attracted another deluge of comments and Mr Harris promised: “UPDATE
at 7.40 pm: I’m in the process of drafting one final post on this subject,
responding to more of the arguments made here today.”

I was getting excited. I reckoned that after 300 comments, almost all trying
to convince the MP of our concerns, that he would concede that there were problems
with civil liberties.

I hereby reproduce that entire promised post “responding to more of the
arguments” that he had been “in the process of drafting.”

Wait for it:

“1984: my final word – I think we’re all going to have to agree
to disagree on this one, don’t you think?”

Thank you, Mr Harris. Labour still listening, eh?

Some comments sounded threatening, which irked Mr Harris. Old Holborn chipped
in with this:

“Again, I state, there are but 646 of you. Don’t you EVER forget
it, because it wasn’t that long ago that we really did hang politicians.
And Ceausescu moments will always happen.”

“And last but not least, people should not be afraid of their governments
(and they are), governments should be afraid of their people (and you will
be).”

“Just as you know where we live, we know where you live.”

To which Harris replied:

“How pompous can any individual actually get? So, are you threatening
democratically-elected politicians with murder just because we don’t
do what you and your small band of fanatics in the Libertarian Party want
us to do?”

To be fair, hanging is a traditional reward for treason.

As for pomposity, to totally disregard the opinions of about 98% of the people
who commented on his blog is really, really pompous.

There are millions of people who are no longer afraid, because when you have
nothing more to lose, or are threatened with losing what little you have – the
worm turns and politicians should start to worry as Old Holborn and others have
warned, because Ceausescu moments will always happen.

Comments can be left on my
blog
.

Source URL: http://www.thelabourparty.org/1984-for-all-mps.htm

UK Libertarian Party

Welcome to the website of the Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom. We aim
to take the cynicism out of British politics, by taking the politicians out
of your everyday life.

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.

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