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Green Party Conference - No Lessons Learned for Wales

David Elston's picture

Pippa started with giving props, as I suppose all leaders do by saying they had an incredible year in Wales. Most of the successes she talks of are of course true but she doesn't acknowledge any failures, areas of growth or what the Greens in Wales need to do in order to become more electable. There was no mention of needing to find candidates to fill all areas and stop standing paper candidates that ride in on Green Party popularity. Perhaps most concerning, the Greens were the party that lost the most deposits in GE2015 and wasted a drastic amount of money. Rather than taking the Lib Dem's approach of fielding candidates with strong local support and punching through in a swing seat, they just carpet bombed the entire UK.

Consultation for Responsible Recreation

David Elston's picture

Welsh Government's consultation "Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation"
Consultation ended: 02/10/2015
How we respond:
The Pirate Party UK and the Pirate Party of Wales (Plaid Môr-leidr Cymru) welcomes this consultation and the opportunity it provides for the people of Wales to influence the Government's thinking on these matters.

Buying Rights to Profit from Wrongs

David Elston's picture

The media has been publically shaming Martin Shkreli, a Big Pharma (Turing Pharmaceuticals.) CEO who hyped the HIV drug price by 5455% (from $13.50 to $750 per tablet) and is reported to have hyped a cystinura drug by almost 2000%. This is a perfect example of why Piracy, or sharing should not be considered a crime and why our clear policy on the NHS handling drug research is again shown to be a viable option to prevent drug prices from harming patients.


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The Pirate Party policy aims to abolish drug patents for three reasons:

On Labour Leadership

Cris Chesha's picture

After a long 3 months we finally have a new Labour shadow cabinet. This is good news for PPUK, as it means political discourse can start to focus back on the actual politics; it's harder than ever for a small party to have a voice when the hype surrounding one of the big parties is at fever pitch for so long!

Importantly, though, I think that Labour got the leadership result they needed in order to drive some real change into the party, and to drive change in UK politics as a whole; although the smear campaign is still in full swing, just having Jeremy Corbyn elected has already begun to force a shift in the conversation.

A Pirate reads Piketty, part 4: Transparency

George Walkden's picture

Transparency and its sister, the flip side of the coin, privacy, are at the heart of Pirate politics. The first of the seven principles on which the PPUK constitution is founded states that society is built on the sharing of knowledge (and we've already seen how important that is in reducing inequality, according to Piketty). The third principle makes this more explicit with respect to the role of government: "Everyone should have a say in the structure and processes of governance and the right to know what is done on their behalf".