LA Statement on Tory “Social Justice” Report

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Release Date: Thursday 12th July 2007
Release Time: Immediate

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Dr Sean Gabb (Director), 07956 472 199,

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The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today issues the following statement on the Report of the Conservative Party Social Justice Policy Group. The statement is prompted by the resulting proposals to use the power of the State to “strengthen families”. These proposals include a tax allowance of £20 a week to married couples, and higher taxes on alcohol.

Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:

“The Conservatives are half right and half wrong.

“They are right when they admit that fifty years of social engineering by Conservative and Labour Governments have been a miserable failure. We have been taxed. We have been subsidised. We have been regulated. We have been endlessly preached at. And, after two generations of all this, we have, as a nation, been made neither happier nor more virtuous. There is more illegitimacy, more divorce, more drunkenness, more crime.

“But the Conservatives are wrong when they believe that the harms of social engineering can be cured by different social engineering.

“Above all, this Report shows the usual Tory obsession with sex. These people seem to believe that, without laws to restrain us, most people would be copulating in the street. This is probably true for some Conservative politicians. Most ordinary people, however, are naturally inclined to join in stable, heterosexual unions and to produce children. Some people are not inclined to this, and libertarians respect their choice. But most people are so inclined. They do not need to be bribed with their own money into getting married. They do not need “help” from politicians.

“If the Conservative Party were really interested in improving the quality of family life, it should promise:

  • To abolish income tax and reduce all other taxes, thereby allowing one partner in each marriage to stay at home and look after children;
  • To abolish inheritance tax, thereby allowing the thrifty to leave property to their children;
  • To abolish all new regulations made since 1987 on the setting up and running of small businesses, thereby better enabling the ambitious to start family businesses, rather than work as salaried hirelings for big business and the State;
  • To repeal all new criminal offences created since 1987, thereby giving families the renewed sense of living in a free country;
  • To repeal the European Communities Act 1972, thereby giving families the renewed sense of living in an independent country;
  • To repeal all compulsory attendance laws at schools that are at best academies of ruling class propaganda, and at worst a form of child abuse;
  • To dismiss all social workers and close down all child and family welfare agencies, thereby ending a petty inquisition over family life.

“But, of course, the Conservative Party is not interested in reviving family life by trusting the people and giving them a renewed sense of personal and national pride. This whole report is nothing more than a public relations exercise to hide the increasingly obvious fact that there is no difference between the Conservative and Labour Parties on any issue of importance.

“The Libertarian Alliance believes that all social problems can be solved by keeping politicians from doing anything about them.”


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His new book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, is published on the 25th July 2007 and may be downloaded for free from His other books are available from Hampden Press at

He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

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