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Simplicity....we've heard of it

Phil Cooke's picture

Over the past days, you've probably noticed a bit of a theme in some of the blogs people have been putting up (like this one). We have too much to do and only a handful of people doing them. I'd like to take this opportunity to publically thank everyone who has volunteered their time over the past few years for helping to keep us running and get us this far.

Having spent most of the past 5 years in various roles for the party I'm all too familiar with the problem. We need volunteers to be able to carry out our work. However, when we get queries about volunteering (which can arrive by several different methods, it's difficult to contact the right person/department or to get them the tools/resources for the jobs we need performed. Our internal systems are complex (a by-product I feel of the type of member we initially attracted*) and our processes for handling requests and putting out material are complex due to this.

So, here is a simple message for anyone planning to stand for the NEC or Board vacancies later this month from someone who has volunteered on both:

You need a new political party

David Elston's picture

While the fury over the Conservative Government winning the election drives on; the disillusionment in politics will be ripe but thankfully we're seeing the opposite of that in the Pirate Party.

So many people are coming forward to make the Pirate Party stronger and with an even wider range of skills. What encourages me more than anything is that each of these new voices start by offering us something new. No one is clutching for power or to get their personal agenda in. So many are hearing the call to action and want to help make us a strong opposition to those out of date parties sat in Westminster.

With this in mind, I'd like to say a big welcome to all our new Pirates.

Not all parties are enjoying this success and we need to keep encouraging others to join us. So many good people thought the Liberal Democrats were the party for youth, for protecting students and for personal freedoms yet were monumentally betrayed when they finally got into Government. I say to these people, you need a new party.

PPUK Moving Forward With Purpose

Andrew Norton's picture

The stepping down of Loz and Ed might seem like some to be the end of the Pirate Party. They couldn’t be further from the truth. While both Ed and Loz have been valuable members of the executive team, to say they’re indispensable, and of critical importance to the party is not only being overly dramatic, but also insulting and demeaning to the many other people involved at all levels of the party.

Loz is not vanishing, riding off into the sunset, never to be seen again, so it’s far from the doom and gloom that you might think. He's stepping back, recharging his batteries batteries, focusing on his own local area, and letting someone else refocus things.

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone

David Elston's picture

I was running through my head the number of people who helped make the Bridgend 106 a reality and thought to myself “I must thank them”. By the time I tallied them all up, a blog post seemed inevitable. So many people worked tirelessly to give Piracy a voice in our democracy.

Let's get started!

I think it would be pretty bold of me  to start a series of Thank-Yous without starting with Loz. As I have said before, you're the first leader of any party who I actually believed and who I could tell actually believed in what he was saying. You never once resigned to the tired old Westminster soundbites and despite everything, delivered you next sentence with a grace and cheer that gives our politics a sense of hope, something the other party leaders should really take note of. I've never seen a leader so approachable, even on the night of the count, you checked in with me down in Bridgend to make sure I, personally, was doing all right.

I, too, am moving on

Ed Geraghty's picture

As I quietly announced on Twitter on Sunday morning - I, too, am moving on.

I have been quietly working in the background of the party for somewhere around 6 years, and in that time I have done and been involved with a lot of things.  Hopefully I've left them in better shape than I found them.

It's time for some new blood, and some new ways of thinking.

My reasons for passing this on are many and varied, but suffice it to say, I believe I have made the correct decision.  I have just embarked upon a Master's degree, I'm on the final stretch of a notice period at work and I need to step back and work out what I do over the next few years.

It has been one hell of a ride.  I have worked with some fantastic people, and made some close friends.  I have spoken with hundreds of people at events, on the doorstep, by email and face-to-face.  This has been seriously, honestly, life changing for me; I hope I've done my bit.  I feel we can be proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time.

Whilst a few of us stepping back has undoubtedly caused some ripples, I completely believe that this is the right decision at completely the right time.  I hope the party builds upon the solid foundations which have been laid, and use this upcoming period to regroup, strengthen and really lay out the direction it will take over the coming years.

I wish the party and all of its members all the very best in the future.