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Time for Parliament to act on Mass Surveillance

Editor's picture

We hear all the time that the British public don't care about mass surveillance, privacy and Edward Snowden, but we know that's not true. It may be that those inside the Westminster bubble have been able to hide from how people really feel up to now, but it's time to change that.
It's time for members of Parliament to stand up, be counted, and support our freedoms.

We are asking you to contact your Member of Parliament to ask them to support Early Day Motion 147. It need not take long, the important thing is you tell them how you feel on this issue. Not all MPs can sign EDMs, front benchers don't as a rule, but it is still important that you take this opportunity to let them know you care about mass surveillance.

Drip Drip, Drip.

Andy Halsall's picture

There is nothing worse for the nerves than a drip, whether it's an erratic one, like the current government's approach to legislation that touches on the digital, or a constant one, like the apparent multi-party push to grind civil liberties to dust.

It seems then that latest 'emergency' national security legislation, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers or DRIP (If people are actually spending time putting these acronyms together they should probably stop now...), lives up to and exceeds its namesake. Yes it's annoying, and like the slow passage of water erodes what it is passing through. With DRIP it is both trust and our liberties.

Our elected representatives have spent the best part of the last 20 years being publicly perplexed about why there is a lack of trust in politics and government, they have noted that this is being transformed into apathy and that it is having an impact on the young. Not one of those politicians seems to have thought for a moment whether ramming through legislation, with all party backing, with no discussion and on a topic that is massive at the moment on the heels of the Snowden revelations and NSA spying scandals, might erode that trust.

Radicalising the Internet – The Politics of DRIP

Loz Kaye's picture

Apparently there is a national emergency going on. Not that you would particularly notice, as our elected representatives have been as busy Tweeting snarky comments about the reshuffle as actually debating the future of the communications of every person in the country.

You want to vote Pirate? It'd be rude not to oblige.

Editor's picture

We can do better, and we will - We want to stand more candidates with more local branches.

Voting Pirate

Ever since the Pirate Party came on the scene in 2009, some people have been able to vote Pirate in local, parliamentary and most recently european elections. But never as many as we would like.

There have been 22 Pirate Party candidates since 2009. Your candidates have stood in 24 different elections, ranging from local elections in England and Scotland, Parliamentary elections, European Elections and a whole host of by-elections.  

In the five years we have been standing in elections we have learned a lot, and changed the way we approach elections almost entirely.  We have have gone from receiving tens of votes in our first elections, to thousands in our most recent. In the EU election,  8,600 people felt confident enough to put crosses next to our name.

Our proportion of the vote has changed too, where we have active branches, even in areas massively dominated by the biggest parties, we are now seeing anything up to 5% of voters putting an X next to our candidates names.

We have come a long way in a short time, but we have along way to go.