Ok, now voting is open, here are some answers (I left it to see if any other questions came up so I could combine answers if needed);
1. Where do you see the party in 1 years time?
Much where it is now, but bigger and better. Ideally, we would have a significant increase in the "active" member-count. In particular, I would like to see more frequent (and varied) blog posts and press statements. I would consider it a successful year if we could get to the point where people were coming to us for quotes after any news story related to our policies and we already had something for them.
2. What do you imagine as your role within the board and party within the same period?
An extension of the role I currently play within the party; working out how to get things done, trying to think of consequences of actions and offering (limited) legal knowledge and advice. For example, one thing I would certainly be keen on doing would be checking any constitutional amendments very carefully for any unforeseen consequences; inconsistencies or technical issues they might raise. I am less interested in making sure policy etc. is politically/morally good, as legally/technically accurate.
3. Assuming growth and success on our part, how do you plan of balancing the responsibilities and commitments of both PPI admin, Press officer and Board member in the future?
I am no longer an admin of PPI (and have not been since mid-April). Ideally the press work would be lessened by increasing the size of the team and by making sure there was a larger "core" group who were able to manage the team.
4. Do you have any contingency plan if you were unable to spend the same hours or less with the party in the future? e.g getting a full time job.
Part of the attraction of a board position over a NEC or similar position is that it is more long-term. I would hope that issues the Board needs to deal would not be particularly urgent, allowing a certain amount of flexibility. While the NEC meets weekly, I would expect the Board to meet monthly at the most with most discussions being done via either the forum or a mailing list.
5. What level of autonomy should regions of the Pirate Party have?
My idea would be that each region should have complete control over candidates, finances (being allocated funds by central Party combined with the possibility of raising its own funds), activities, officers, local merchandise and local press. However, core policies, membership, national finances, national press, general merchandise and so on should be handled by the central Party. In terms of policies, I would suggest a similar strategy to what was done in the last election; the core policies are decided by the Party and come first. Any candidate (or region, if they decide to do that) is then permitted to add anything else to that, subject to it not "bringing the Party into disrepute".
6. Regarding our manifesto, the constitution says (2.1): "The principal aim of the Party is that the United Kingdom reforms its copyright and patent and privacy laws in a manner consistent with the opinions of the Party’s members." In your opinion, does this preclude us having policies outside these areas?
No. The key word is "principal". Having said that, freedom of speech/communication/expression might need to be added. However, I do not think that it is for the Party as a whole, to try to expand our policies beyond the three "core" areas - for now.
7. What other constitutional changes, if any, would you like to see?
There are no specific changes I would like to see, however, elected or not, I will gladly look through any proposed changes and voice any opinion I may have on them.
8. What other responsibilities do you think the board should have?
The other main responsibility I see the Board having is a "balance" to the NEC. At the moment, we have something of a division between the ordinary members and the NEC and I would hope the Board would be granted some measure of (very specific) control over the NEC (such as calling an NEC meeting, adding points to the agenda of their meetings, being allowed to attend etc.) and act as an alternate point of contact and authority for the Party in the event that the NEC are unreachable. Obviously this would all have to be very carefully drafted and worked out. Other than that, I see the Board acting almost entirely in an advisory role on any matter; having the mandate to look more at "the bigger picture" than the NEC or regional officers (or even ordinary members).