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A Secular State

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The Pirate Party UK have just two days ago closed the crowd sourced manifesto for 2015. The policy team are no doubt working through all the submissions ready for the membership to vote on our new manifesto.

One that caught my eye and is of particular interest to this readership was a suggestion titled “Move Towards a Secular State”.

The proposal stated that religion is in steady and sharp decline in the UK's population. There was a discussion following and polls, including a yougov poll showed that religion is now in the minority.

The Investment Evader

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With the recent interest surrounding Tax Evasion, I decided to revisit some of our policies and write a collective piece:

Tax loopholes have seemingly become a habituate of our corporations.

Each time a tax loophole is closed a new one is opened. This is partly due to our wildly overcomplicated tax system with responsibilities spread across varying different departments and even when caught the penalties for evading tax are often negated by the long term gains (aka “Investment Evaders”).

We need to enforce punishment. In Iceland they jailed the bankers that caused the financial crisis =- in the UK they were given a bonus. Does that seem right to you?

Spycops – The Mass Surveillance From Within

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We are constantly monitored, CCTV, speed cameras, red light cameras, phone hacking, wire tapping, e-mail monitoring, text snooping... and yet the Government need to know more about us.

Enter the human manifestation of mass surveillance, the Spycop.

Yesterday I saw the protest outside Cardiff Central Police Station where song, speeches and poems, (one poem involving a goat – well, this is Wales after all) were shared.

The protest was completely peaceful and despite the seriousness of the allegations and deep understanding the damage spycops breed, spirits were high and voices strong.

I was handed a flyer at the gathering that spelt out exactly why everyone was there:

The groups infiltrated were not Al-Quida or IS collaborators but instead peaceful movements. Amongst those monitored were anti-capitalists, anarchists, environmentalists and animal rights activists.

Pirate Party Candidate for Bridgend!... Me!

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Hello Wales and hello Bridgend! My name is David; your newest PPC and together we can put a Pirate in Parliament!

A Budget Response - Showy Gimmicks vs Solid Foundations

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As expected in his pre-election showpiece this was a political budget from the most political of chancellors. One by one he attempted to deal with Labour's one-dimensional election attack lines whilst trumpeting whichever statistics he could find to claim positive performance for his now infamous Long-Term Economic Plan.

Despite the rhetoric however, it was a short-term budget from a Coalition that appear to be pulling in different directions, with consequent confusion and complexity. This was exacerbated by the showy gimmicks that provided Osborne with so called 'gags' at Labour's expense - kitchens and deeds of variation. 

Fundamentally however these exemptions and allowances add complexity, rather than simplicity to an already overburdened tax system and are almost certain to be the tax avoidance loopholes of the future.

Digital Freedoms

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Recently a piece I wrote featured in the Daily Wales. More call for home governance for Wales is growing each day. This is what I had to say regarding digital freedoms:


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