Who Are We?
In recently years British Conservatism has begun to fracture into different areas of political and philosophical thought. Out of that confusion a new breed of Conservative Libertarians have become a cohesive minority group which offers something different, some might say something fresh, to British politics. This is by no means unique in the world, or indeed unique in our country's history - but it is an interesting development. The UK Conservative Libertarian Alliance are a loose-knit cross-party group whose aim is to bring together like minds, encourage debate and exploration of Conservative Libertarianism and (where appropriate) to pursue Conservative Libertarian policies and solutions in practice. The UK Conservative Libertarian Alliance is not a political party. Our members might be Conservatives with a libertarian outlook, or Libertarians with a Conservative slant, or, indeed, from any other political party whose ideals are not directly opposed to our position.
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. – Thomas B. Reed (1886)
What Is A Conservative Libertarian?
Conservative Libertarianism is a blend of political libertarianism and cultural conservatism. In short it is a belief in individual freedom and personal choice within a framework of cultural traditions, morals, standards and values. Conservative Libertarians believe in a small state, the rule of law, minimal coercion of the law-abiding individual, democracy, transparency, localism, civil liberties, free trade, equality, diversity and tolerance. We believe that what people choose to do, where their activities cause no harm and infringe on no rights, is their own business. We believe that the first and most important right is the right to free speech, because without that no other right can be defended. We are opposed to government doing things "for our own good" and choose to remind government that it is the servant of the people - only there by the consent of the governed.
We would encourage you to join us - which will allow us to keep you appraised of any events and meetings we are planning, let you know when new articles are posted and bring you into the discussion and debate concerning the Conservative Libertarian movement. We'll also send you an occasional free newsletter! There is no charge for membership, though we do reserve the power to refuse membership or remove membership. As Conservative Libertarians, it is a power we hope never to have to use.