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    Libertas get going...

    Intersting memerbship list so far...I don't understand how this sits with Libertas being a Federalist pro-EU party? port-qqqm=sport-qqqa=sport-qqqid=83402-qqqx=1.asp

    Members of the Libertas political party, according to their membership application to the parliament are:

    * Lord Alton of Liverpool, a former teacher and son of an Irish speaking mother from the west of Ireland who is very active in anti- abortion circles and was author of a chain letter distributed by independent MEP Kathy Sinnott.

    * Viscount Philippe le Jolis de Villiers de Saintignon, MEP and leader of the Catholic conservative party, Mouvement pour la France noted for his anti-Islamist views and his wish to restore the franc.

    * Paul Marie Couteaux, MEP who would like to see France distancing itself from the union.

    * Georgios Georgiou, 72, Greek MEP, a member of the People’s Orthodox Rally, that has moved recently from being anti-semitic to advocating gay rights.

    * Timo Soini, of the True Finns Party that has five seats in the Finnish Parliament and been accused of xenophobia, which he denies as a devoted Catholic.

    * Igor Grazin a member of the Estonian parliament for the eurosceptic Estonian Reform Party, was a member of the last USSR Congress of People’s Deputies.

    * Mincho Kuminev, one of 20 independent members of the Bulgarian parliament elected in mid 2005.

    * Cyprian Gutkowski, a number of the regional assembly of Mazovia, Poland. A supporter of MEP Maciej Giertych, 72, of the League of Polish Families who was censured in the EP for his booklet suggesting the Jews were biologically different.

    Yeah, but Fianna Fail have Mary Coughlan.


      A new party of crackpots. Excellent, thats all the world needs.
      "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too ?" - Douglas Adams



        Seem to have made some nice friends alright[img]smileys/confused.gif[/img]
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          that reads like a list of people you would'nt want in any political party! Ganley can't expect to be taken seriously with that lot.

          Hi we are the Anti Abortion, Anti-Semite, Anti-Islamist, Pro Communism and Pro Gay rights Party! Oh and pro-Europe

          Should make for an interesting mix [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

          The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
          - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)



            Get the feeling their universal campaign slogan for placards is going to be a hearty "Down With That Sort Of Thing!!!"


              Originally posted by Viigand
              Yeah, but Fianna Fail have Mary Coughlan.
              Biffo and Mary =dumb and dumber.



                <S&#079;NG>EU party Libertas leaves Dutch without cash</S&#079;NG>

                Thursday 11 June 2009

                The pan-European party Libertas, created by Irish businessman Declan Ganley to fight in last week's European elections, did not come up with the promised cash for its operation in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

                Eline van den Broek, who headed the Dutch campaign, had expected €1.1m to fight for a seat in the European parliament.

                The party spent €350,000 'in good faith'. 'But because no money was being made over from Ireland we had to restrict our activities. We made tv adverts but we could not pay for air time,' Van den Broek told the paper.

                On Wednesday, Ganley closed the Libertas offices in Brussels and Dublin, two days after announcing his withdrawal from politics. Libertas won some 14,000 votes in the Netherlands.

                'It would be easy to assume he is a rip-off merchant, but he is too rich for that,' Van den Broek told Nos tv later. 'Maybe he has been put under pressure to stop. Why else would you want to scupper your own campaign.'

                Nos says the Dutch party leader put €20,000 of her own money into the campaign.

                The Spanish Libertas campaign only received a 'fraction' of the €4m it had been promised, the Volkskrant said. Campaign leader Miguel Duran is working on a legal claim against Ganley, together with the French and Portuguese parties. 'The Dutch branch is welcome to join us,' he told the Volkskrant.

                © DutchNews.nls


                  £1.1 million to secure 1 seat?Sounds a bloody lot in my book.



           Friday, June 12, 2009

                    Dutch branch of Libertas seeks €350,000 from Declan Ganley

                    JAMIE SMYTH in Brussels

                    THE DUTCH branch of Libertas has appealed to Declan Ganley to pay them €350,000 they say they are owed to cover the costs of their European election campaign.

                    Libertas Spain has also expressed disappointment at the lack of financial support they got from the Libertas founder during the campaign, which saw the 14 Libertas parties across Europe pick up just a single seat in France.

                    "At this moment I have total bills of €350,000, which are in Declan’s name. I am not personally responsible for them," said Eline van den Broek, the 28-year-old political scientist who led Libertas in the Netherlands.

                    Ms van den Broek told The Irish Times yesterday she had been assured by Mr Ganley that he would pay the money required to finance the party’s campaign in the elections. She said he had signed off on a campaign budget worth €1.1 million.

                    But she said she had still not received the cash despite making an emergency trip to Ireland in the middle of the campaign.

                    "I travelled to his home in Galway and waited until 2am to speak to him. When he came back from canvassing he told me he would pay the money," said Ms van den Broek, who added that she felt Mr Ganley would hand over the money.

                    In a statement last night a Libertas spokesman said at no stage was any candidate "promised" money.

                    "At every stage in our campaign, we made clear that all of the money we spent would have to be raised from donors and supporters. We have always said that we would spend what we could raise, and thankfully in most member states we have raised enough to meet all campaign requirements.

                    "In the case of the Netherlands, we will continue to work with the Dutch team, providing all the necessary support to ensure that they can service any remaining requirements within the necessary time frame and in accordance with regulatory guidelines."

                    The Dutch branch of Libertas spent €350,000 on its campaign on one million leaflets and TV adverts. The cash was raised on a personal contribution of €20,000 from Ms van den Broek and bank loans. But the party ran out of cash during the campaign and could not pay people to distribute its leaflets or pay a TV channel to broadcast the adverts.

                    In the elections Libertas won just 14,000 votes in the Netherlands and did not come close to taking a seat.

                    Ms van den Broek said she still thought Mr Ganley would provide the money to cover the debts and was not at the stage of taking legal action against him. "I think he has no bad intentions. I would ask what would his motivation be for not paying?"

                    The Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported yesterday that Libertas Spain was considering taking legal action because it had received only a fraction of the €4 million it said it had been promised by Mr Ganley. But Miguel Duran, who headed the Libertas Spain list in the elections, refused to confirm the comments.

                    The future of Libertas’s European organisation is expected to be decided in the coming days. The office in Brussels has already laid off staff.