Leaders Update

Leader's Update: Weigh Anchor! We've got work to do!

David Elston's picture

Hello fellow Pirates

Our party is about political engagement and so regardless of how you voted I want to thank all of you for taking part in our internal elections, whether you voted, verified ballots or ran the whole thing.

You really have honoured me with 70% of ballots cast voting Dave for Deputy Leader and I will continue to be a spokesperson for the party in a direction we all can be proud of.

I am however mindful that at least 30% didn’t vote for me and at worst, voted “against” me. Perhaps in a general election this is some what less important as I would already have a clear mandate and wouldn’t have to worry about anything for five years. Alternatively if we were to take a lesson from Labour, we’d be fighting a civil war and having annual leadership elections...

That’s not how the Pirate Party UK does politics.

Leader's Update: #SaferInternetDay 2016

David Elston's picture

#SaferInternetDay is a mixed day for Pirates. Of course it's important to stay safe online but often promoting safety online gets muddied with discouraging people to use emerging technologies for fear something bad might happen.


We take risks both online and offline. Should we really treat our online lives any differently? As we all know, there are a variety of ways we can keep ourselves safe online and the Pirate Party has been campaigning hard for over six years to protect our right to essential practices like encryption and anonymity.


Let's all share ways of being safe online and remember the purpose of this; we want to be safe so that we can enjoy our digital environment.


I continue to offer my full support to anyone who would offer us increased protection online without infringing on our freedoms or civil liberties.


Stay safe out there


David A Elston

Pirate Party Deputy Leader

Leader's Update: 2016 - Call to Action

David Elston's picture

Hello fellow Pirates!

Happy New Year to you and apologies that you've not heard from the party in a while. As I am sure that you realise with a number of people stepping down from the NEC without people stepping up to replace them, it left a void at the top of the party for the last few months. However, with a New Year comes a New Start - and as a party we appear to have done that classic tech admin thing of 'turn it off and turn it back on again' with a fair degree of success.

As far as members go - we have beaten our previous high and as of 31-Dec had over 760 members - so thanks to each and every one of you for supporting the party and getting involved. One of our plans for the year ahead is to have a much more distributed workload and to utilise volunteers much more - having a distributed support means that we really need to use that to our advantage, so get in touch to see how you can get involved.

One of the ways in which to get involved is to join the NEC, the group which coordinates and plans the work of the party. There are vacancies in a number of roles:

2015 – Looking Forward

Loz Kaye's picture

The end of the year is often a time when people like to look back. Well, as usual I prefer to look forward. The new NEC members Will and George have made a good start with that, in a couple of weeks we've got the preparation for the General Election well under way, meeting electoral services to discuss the timetable. to planning campaigns, looking at designs.

One thing I'm worried about for 2015 is that people will miss out on their right to vote. The meetings we have had with people in charge of voter registration have indicated the changes in rules have let some people behind. This is particularly hitting young people and students. You can register online now at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .

We've already got some candidates declared for the General Election, discussions underway with more- and of course we want to hear from any of you thinking of standing at a local or parliamentary level.

Leaders Update - One Week To Go #EU2014

Loz Kaye's picture

While we may be a party that does so much of its work online, we've never lost sight that voters are actual people out there in the country.

The weeks of the local and European Parliament election campaigns have seen us contacting and communicating with people in a far wider range of places than ever before.

We've delivered pallets loaded with Pirate leaflets in Warrington, been on hustings in Lambeth, Maria's been on radio Cumbria, I've been interviewed by a paper from Bournemouth, had tweets about energy policy from Stockport, we've fielded calls from Liverpool, sent off posters to supporters in Moss Side and Garstang.

Equally, we have received many messages from people who wish they could vote for us. And of course I wish they could too. However what all of these people want is not just a name on a ballot. They expect us to field strong candidates, like the ones we have now. They expect us to work hard for our ideas, and to campaign. I'm happy (and somewhat exhausted!) to say that's what we have been doing.

Leadership Update

Loz Kaye's picture

Loz Kaye -

Time for a new Leader's update. I'm really pleased about the roll out of our new web platform. We can see already that it has made it easier to campaign, to get more people involved and get our message out there in a way people will connect with.

The main update I have from the Leader's Office is I'm very glad of the support and work Sephy is giving as our new Deputy Leader. So from here on out it's a Leadership team. We'll be keeping you up to date together on what we have beendoing and what we want to focus on.

After all we're Pirates so we do things differently!

Let's face it there are so many issues to deal with right now - care data, surveillance, falling turnout in elections, making sure everyone gets their fair share in this society, that we need all the help we can get.

Sephy Hallow  -

Being the only party out there ready to challenge major, ongoing issues in British and global politics - from mass surveillance to copyright reform, to internet filtering and censorship - it is always going to be a challenge to fight on all fronts. However, I'm proud, as Deputy Leader, to be part of the battle to save democracy, and as fellow Pirates, you should be too. From your interest in the Pirate Party, you don't lie back and take it from rogue politicians, and you are fighting for a freer,more equal society - because you really do care about the future of politics.

Leaders Update - A New Year, Looking Backward and Forward

Loz Kaye's picture

I hope all of you have had a good break over the festive season. A new year's a good time to look back over the one just past and new challenges up ahead. 

In 2013 more than ever, our kind of politics dominated the news- surveillance, technology, democracy, privacy, whistleblowing, freedom of speech and the social media were constantly in focus.

In many ways 2013 was the year of “we told you so”. For some time now we've been warning about the state's constant calls for invading people's privacy. But even I was shocked by the true extent of mass surveillance revealed by the brave decision of Edward Snowden to blow the whistle. More than anything it has revealed that as far as GCHQ are concerned anything we say or do is fair game. In our country suspicion is now our way of life. 

Leader Update: Military Strikes in Syria

Loz Kaye's picture

The last few weeks has seen a deluge of news for our kind of politics - more mass surveillance revelations, the smashing of Guardian laptops, and not least the Manning sentencing. I couldn't help reflecting that Manning has been locked up longer than I have been Leader of the UK Pirate Party.

That Manning could get decades in prison for wanting to speak out, to blow the whistle, shows we are not ready to face the consequences of what we have done in the Middle East.

That is why I am so concerned by the threat of new military involvement, now in Syria. I know we value discussion, weighing evidence, and debate. But also the public expect us to be clear when we are faced with major decisions as a country. That's why I think we must be clear in saying no to unilateral military action. 

Snowden and Asylum #EuropeFail

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After some days with an increasing number of rebuffs, it is now reported that Edward Snowden is being offered asylum by Venezuela and Nicaragua. It appears that the bizarre incident with Evo Morales' plane may have in fact had precisely the opposite effect to what the US administration was hoping for by provoking Latin American nations.

As I pointed out on Russia Today a few days back, while Europe fails to act, there are no good options for Edward Snowden. I said that I am not a fan of Venezuela, that is because its human rights record and authoritarian tendencies are very far from what the Pirate Party view is. No doubt if Snowden goes there, this will be used to attack him and the whole basis of the NSA revelations. But wherever he ends up, this does not change the importance of the story.  If European nations are not willing to offer him the protection he needs, the fault is ours, not his.

Leaders Update - From Venice to Toxteth: We need more Pirates for Europe

Loz Kaye's picture

It's certainly never a dull moment as PP-UK Leader. Since my last update I have been busy advocating for our politics, including a lecture at the London School of Economics, meetings at the House of Commons, attending events about open data and taking part at the international "Rethinking the Internet" conference in Venice.

Equally, I have been working on the ground for residents in Manchester- whether it's helping to run a community consultation on possible new uses for an derelict building in Bradford ward where I stood last year, or pressing for regeneration in the East of the city. I also had an amazing visit to community projects in the Liverpool district of Toxteth. Great to see real transformation, it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom.  I like this combination of the visionary and the practical, that's what politics is about for me.  

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