4th October 2011 11:35
Steal This Manifesto: Pirate Party UK Launches Policy Consultation
Loz Kaye- Pirate Party UK Leader:
I am happy to announce that on the 3rd October Pirate Party UK launched an online policy consultation process to update its programme for 2012. The Party is asking for ideas and debate from the public as well as members, to build an improved political agenda to take the Party into next year and beyond. Anyone can submit an idea, debate it, and receive feedback. It is an entirely open process and the Party will not shy away from difficult subjects. Other parties need think tanks to find their policy. For the Pirate Party, the world is our think tank.
Pirate Party UK watched the success of its sister party in Berlin. The Piratenpartei captured the headlines because they set themselves apart from the grey suited politicians in Germany, and because they connected with the electorate on important issues. At the end of the day, they won votes because they had good ideas and a broad platform that spoke to voters in a language they could understand. They were ideas that won 8.9% of the electorate and they were good ideas.
What sets the Pirate Party Movement apart is a willingness to hear people's ideas, to accept feedback and involve the public. It reflects the Pirate movement's commitment to openness and it is what we intend to do in the UK with this process.
Unlike the recent party conferences of the UK's main parties, everyone can be involved in our discussion, and all views will be heard. Instead of an exercise in manipulating voters, a manifesto should be an exercise in gathering the best ideas in a country, and that is what we aim to achieve.
The "Pirate this Policy" process runs throughout October to November 3rd. People can submit policy suggestions, vote ideas up or down, and comment on piratethispolicy.co.uk
Alternatively you can mail ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pirate Party UK
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