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Over the next few days I shall be attempting to get a handle of what is required of myself to best serve our candidates, whom I encourage to contact me with regards to what volunteer resources they think they require. Likewise, I will contact you and make sure that you are hopefully well furnished in the volunteer department.
2010 March 23
The Digital Economy Bill has always been highly controversial. It threatens to take away the right to a fair trial, it threatens to kill off Wi-Fi hotspots, it threatens to introduce collective punishment and places ridiculous burdens on both ISPs and their customers. It is (if the rumours that amendment 120a came directly from the desk of Richard Mollet, Director of Public Affairs at the BPI are true) quite literally a law written by the record companies for the record companies.
Despite the public outcry, and the public protests organised for tomorrow, the government are planning to rush the bill through the House of Commons and into the lawbooks with no debate! Through a process known as 'wash up', the government can rush through new laws in in the final days before an election without a proper debate. This process is supposed to allow governments to make good on their manifesto commitments, but it is being misused to ram through a flawed, biased law that would fall apart under proper scrutiny.
2010 March 22
After a huge amount of work by our policy groups, policy group leaders, our manifesto co-ordinator, by the web team who built voting software, and most of all by the members of the party who put forward the proposals and voted democratically on every point, I am very proud to announce that our 2010 general election manifesto is now ready.
At the end of this long process, we have produced a document that I think we can be proud of, and here it is:
The 2010 Election Manifesto of the Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party is a new type of political party.
A party that talks about issues the other parties ignore.
A party free from corruption and expenses scandals, free from lobbyists and party whips.
A party that admits it doesn't always have all the answers, and is willing to listen.
A party that wants to give you more rights not burden you with any more taxes.
Our manifesto covers 3 main areas: copyright and patent law; privacy law; and freedom of speech.
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2010 March 14
Tomorrow (Monday) Panorama will be covering the government's plans to disconnect the internet connections of alleged filesharers.
2010 March 13
Yet more data has come to light supporting the Pirate Party's opposition of the Digital Economy Bill (DEB). Not only will it fail to reduce piracy, but it will drive pirates to even more sophisticated and harder-to-monitor technologies.
The most recent nail in the coffin of this misguided legislation has been supplied by UK ISP TalkTalk. A survey of their customers revealed that 80% of 18-34 year olds would simply seek out new - and as yet undetectable - ways to download, and felt that they would be more likely to commit online piracy if the Bill were to become law.
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2010 March 09
Britain is not the only country holding a general election this summer. In the Netherlands, the general election will be held on 9th of June, and the newly-formed Dutch Pirate Party, Piratenpartij Nederland, is hoping to take part.
2010 March 08
As some of you will already be aware, on the 7th of March the NEC appointed me Deputy Campaigns Officer. I'm going to be responsible for running the Pirate Party's campaign for the upcoming General Election, working closely with the Campaigns Officer, Philip Hunt, and the rest of the NEC.
I can't tell you exactly what our Grand Strategy is going to be -- I've had less than a day to work on it so far! -- but I will give you an overview of what we're doing at the moment and how you can help.
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