Statement of Ideology
The ideology of any group or organisation is the fundamental set of ideas that drive it. Sometimes, ideology is implicit and unwritten, but for a political party there is practical advantage in making an explicit statement of ideology, because it can be used as reference or guide for formulating policy, for making plans and decisions, and for handling new and unexpected situations. A concise statement of ideology also enables others, both within and without, to see at a glance what the party believes in, what it 'is about'.
Liberty GB's ideas and ideals override the conventional dichotomy (and terminology) of Left and Right, since our essential conservatism and regard for tradition is melded to a drive for modernity in scientific and technological development, and progressivism in areas such as women's equality and animal welfare.
For clarity our statement of ideology is presented in the form of six inter-related principles, together encapsulating our political credo.
1: The British People's Ownership of Britain
We utterly reject the notion of Britain as a global no-man's land upon which any of the world's teeming millions may lay claim. We assert emphatically that this land and its rich resources belong to the British people, those who, over generations, have built our society and culture, its institutions and industry, and have defended Britain against external threats. We assert in addition the people's right to repel vested interests â€“ economic and ideological, foreign and domestic â€“ that would exploit or dissipate Britain and its resources for their own narrow ends.
2: Indigenous British in Perpetual Majority
The fate of minority indigenous peoples around the world serves as dire warning of the dangers to the descendants of native British people, should they become a minority in their own land. It is therefore our duty to safeguard our descendants' identity, security and wellbeing by working to stabilise Britain's population balance at present levels, so that the indigenous British remain in perpetuity the overwhelming majority in Britain.
3: Principle of National Preference
We regard it as fundamental that every policy, plan, decision and action of government be directed by the question: "What is best for Britain and the British?" A government's first loyalty and responsibility must always be to the people who elect it, overriding other interests. This principle should inform all aspects of government and administration, prioritising British people in housing, employment, education, health and welfare, and guiding policy in foreign affairs, energy, environment, the economy and all other areas. Every decision and action must be driven by rational evaluation of present and long-term benefits to Britain and the British. The principle of national preference dictates also that science, technology and the free market are not ends in themselves, but to be directed to the advancement and wellbeing of the British people.
4: Primacy of National Culture
The erosion of British identity and culture are real and grave problems, and are the manifestations of an underlying, deeper malaise. British culture, which constitutes certain ways of living, organising, communicating, creating and believing that have evolved in these islands over centuries, is the glue that can hold our society together. It provides continuity with the past, giving the young a source of identity and connectedness with place and history, and as the context within which tradition and modernity interact and evolve, it directs us into the future. Above all, British culture, in its rich and varied manifestations, provides shared values, practices and understandings that can unite otherwise disparate communities. The principle of national cultural primacy asserts the primacy of British culture over imported cultures in all areas of public life. The principle is universal, in that it recognises and supports the right of every other nation to defend and assert its own culture above all others within its borders, thereby sustaining true cultural diversity at the global level and resisting cultural homogenisation.
5: Christian Ethics and Morality
We favour a system of ethics and morality that allows for absolute determinations of right and wrong. Only with such a system of values is it possible to oppose practices that, for example, injure or subjugate women, minorities, children or animals. For two millennia Christianity has provided the West's ethical and moral framework, and one does not need to be a Christian or agree with Christian theology to recognize that Britain â€“ and the West in general â€“ would lose its identity, would lose itself, if it repudiated the system that has enabled our civilization to flourish and develop above all others. Christian ethics and morality provide the alternative to empty materialism, can help us overcome the present spiritual crisis, heal and rebuild the family and civil society, and give Britain and the West continuing strength to resist inhuman and subjugating ideologies such as Marxism, globalism and Islam.
6. Upholding Western Civilisation
There are many precepts, values and achievements of Western civilization which are worth protecting and fighting for, especially now that they are threatened by the progress of Islamic fundamentalism. They include popular democracy, equality of value of all human beings, the rights of women and minorities, freedom of speech and religion, animal welfare, science, logic and rational thought. The civilization of the West, which was founded on the Greco-Roman world and Christianity, would cease to exist if it renounced these, its most fundamental roots.