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Pirate Party Councillor Stands with Standing Rock

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Councillor David A Elston, the first Pirate to hold any seat in any level of government in the UK shows solidarity with the hundreds of primarily young Native Americans protesting against the potential contamination of water from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).


David A Elston, Spokesperson for Wales said:


"We have seen first hand in Wales when national policy overrules what locals are asking for it can cause devastating results. In Wales we remember the deliberate flooding of the Tryweryn Valley and still today in the UK we see places such as Lancashire being opened up to fracking despite the opposition of the local council.


Those in Standing Rock are no different to ourselves. In the simplest of terms, they have a local policy that is being ignored by their national government.


We, too, often forget that environmental issues such as these still have an impact on people and our planet in the long term. We should be looking to new, sustainable technologies and should not rely on fossil fuels; digging up and burning the past, to fuel the present at the cost of our future must stop."

Pirates across Europe... can the Dutch keep the momentum going!

Mark Chapman's picture

Following the success of Pirates for Iceland, and the strong showing of the Icelandic Pirate Party the next European Election on the horizon for Pirates to keep an eye on is the Dutch General Election in March 2017.

Proportional Representation:

The Dutch electoral system is one of the most inclusive systems in the whole of Europe. There are 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer - "House of Representatives") and there is straightforward proportional representation across the whole country in a single election. This means that it is theoretically possible to gain a seat in Parliament whilst getting just under 1% of the vote across the country as a whole.

Previous Results:

2016 the year everyone got interested.

Jason Halsey's picture

So this year has been certainly the most remarkable and discussed year in politics for a very long time. Very few people have not spoken about Brexit, the Tory leadership race, the Labour PLP and leadership, the Icelandic election or more recently the US election. I have been interested in politics for a number of years, and a Pirate party member since around the General Election of 2015. 2016 however, has truly inspired me, due to this sudden interest that most of my friends,colleagues and acquaintances have now developed. I dream that the typical apathy and lack of wanting to vote for thinking that "things never change" mind-set is starting to fall away. I hope that perhaps realisation that the First Past The Post system is what gives us the static system of government generally and is equally what divides us.

Some people wondered why the “losing” side to Brexit or the US Elections complained, moaned and did not accept the result. This is quite simple when you boil it down to the fact both were only a binary choice question, this is clearly going to be divisive by nature!

Land at Cowbridge Road, Eglwys Brewis, St Athan

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My response to the propsed pre-planning consultation that aims to change the three parcels of land, green belt and public green space to housing:

 

A busy month (plus a few days)

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Whew that month sure went fast. We're due a little sit down and catch up, so here we go...

For those of you that missed it (what have you been doing?!), our Icelandic counterparts won 10 seats, up from three in the Icelandic Parliament. This is a huge success, and we issued a press release about it here. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by CNBC and featured briefly in this video. I was also interviewed by Ars Technica about the Pirate Party UK.

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