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  1. David Strickland
    David Strickland at |

    I personally think Farage could have created a beast that he cannot control. A few years ago he was talking about free markets and a flat tax system. Now it seems his party is riding away from him with questionable policies on super markets and housing developments. Instead of correcting these policies it seems he’s enjoying the publicity and not talking about any Libertarian positions.

    1. Joe
      Joe at |

      completely agree. It could be that he is straying from libertarian rhetoric in order to appear more electable, but is it a risk worth taking? I would argue not.

  2. Daniel Gavigan at |

    I agree with the argument in your blog, but I think there is a reason behind it all. I truly believe Nigel Farage is a Libertarian at heart, but the United Kingdom is nowhere near prepared for what Libertarianism brings. We had great success with our Nation Health System (created, then ruined, by the Labour government), to the extent that even the richest won’t qualm on taxes too much, and most people will absolutely not part with the NHS. Unfortunately, it has caused the great liberal objective- a nation with government dependence. It has made the people weak, rather than strong individuals.
    Then, the opposition to open-border immigration is two-fold: nationalism, but not racism; and the fact that the country is too full- there are not enough jobs or services to provide anymore. Government schemes set up ease for those who have emigrated to Britain to get a job, taking away one from specifically a British worker. I don’t shun this due to nationalistic reasons, but more for the fact that it takes away the libertarian attitude of ‘best for the job gets it’. Britain is beginning to look like the dystopian future depicted in Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem’, if you’re familiar with it?
    Basically, Britain’s immediate problems are to be fixed, then libertarianism may be welcomed. I for one have big ideas to help this process along.