Dan Hannan poses this question whilst giving a potted history of the amalgamation of disparate political philosohies in the current Conservative Party.
He also gives mention to Chris Mounsey Leader of The Libertarian Party, who apart from the issue of legalising drugs he has very little difference. As the Libertarian Party constantly has the refrain you will only ever get 80% of what you want if you join the LPUK, my compromise issue is Republicanism.
As to Dan's question 'Can a Libertarian be a Conservative'? in our opinion no, and Cameron in his last but one Conservative speech, stated that the Conservative Party is not a Libertarian Party, thus swinging his party in the direction of the Authoritarian Social Democrats, the same mush that the Liberal Democrats is in.
Dan is clearly in the wrong party. I listened to him on R4 a few weeks ago just after we all 'signed up' to Lisbon. He admitted that politically the last twenty years has been a failure for him. The EU has just steam rollered through democratically accountable Government, ignoring Referenda, and the same is going to happen in Copenhagen.
A minority political class is going to enact costly authoritarian measures without a shred of legitimacy or scientific proof that Global Warming is caused by man (Global warming is happening but it is part of a very natural cycle)
I admire Dan a lot, and his humilation of Brown in the Halls of the EU, which became one of the biggest youtube political hits of recent times, put Libertarianism right at the top of the agenda for a while. I know this to be a truth because the BBC ignored it for two whole days, until it was forced to show it, or be exposed as the mouthpiece of Government it has become.
By sharing a bed with the Authoritarians of the Conservative Party, he will be continually sidelined and sacrificed like David Davies, to keep the tribal Tories onside and happy. Thus reducing the Conservative Party to a Hydra. Where the voice of Libertarianism is lost on the wind of Tax & Spend Toryism.
Just as we now have a Conservative Party MK II in UKIP in terms of Authoritarian policies, I also believe that Nigel Farage is in the wrong party.
The realignment is slowly happening, this next election is not the important one, that will be a Tory 'Landslide' with 38% of the vote, it will be the one after that.
Libertarians cannot be Conservatives, because it is deeply at odds with the whole Philosophy of Freedom from the Power of the State.
First posted at the LPUK Blog