Third Way (United Kingdom)
|Founded||17 March 1990|
|Dissolved||2006(as political party)|
The Third Way is a former political party and now a think tank that researches and debates themes relevant to nationalists. It was founded as a political party on 17 March 1990.
According to accounts filed with the Electoral Commission, in 2006, Third Way had 20 members and cashflow of approximately £1,400. In December 2010, the membership was 21. It decided to revert to being a think tank and de-registered as a political party.
It should not be confused with the Third Way ideology promoted by Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Gerhard Schröder, which it condemns as a revised form of social democracy. It is not related to the Christian Third Way magazine.
Third Way describes itself as representing:
- "a movement dedicated to creating a society based on Justice, Community and Individual freedom against one that is based on Greed, Globalisation and Tyranny.
- Third Way stands against all forms of social injustice, racism and religious bigotry. Third Way is for everyone.
- We act as a 'Think-Tank' for positive ideas and apart from this website also publishes a magazine 'Third Way' and occasional books and pamphlets.
- We advocate Direct Democracy along Swiss lines using referenda and citizens' initiatives. We support small business and co-operative ownership."
Leading members of the Third Way were previously in the National Front, voting to disband it in 1989:
- Patrick Harrington, founder
- David Kerr, has stood for election as an Ulster Third Way candidate in Belfast
Third Way supported the English Lobby, a pressure group and electoral coalition founded in 2004 that campaigns for the recognition of St George's Day and the creation of an English parliament.
The Third Way has operated, or is closely associated with, various publications and websites, including:
- Ulster Nation magazine and website
- Counter-Culture magazine and website
- Liverpool Newsletter, a distributist publication formerly edited by Anthony Cooney and now published by Third Way.
National Liberal party
In 1999, new electoral organisation the National Liberal Party was formed by Patrick Harrington and Graham Williamson and registered as National Liberal Party – The Third Way with the Electoral Commission. It fought parliamentary elections in Hornchurch (in 2001 and 2005), Belfast West (2001, as Ulster Third Way), Upminster (2005) and Eastleigh (2010) but obtained below 1% of the vote in each case.
- Matthew Feldman (2004). Fascism: Post-war fascisms. Taylor & Francis. p. 371. ISBN 978-0-415-29020-3.
- "Under the skin of the BNP". BBC News. 2001. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- Admin (25 February 2008). "European Commission Propaganda Comic". Third Way. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- Accounts of Third Way on Electoral Commission website[dead link]
- 2010 Party accounts on Electoral Commission website
- "The Third Way an Answer to Blair" by Patrick Harrington (UK ISBN 0-9535077-0-X, US ISBN 0-9679707-0-9)
- "Biographies". Third Way website. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011.
- "National Liberal Party leaflet". Electionleaflets.org. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.