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Pirate Policies & Local Government

The team at the Pirate Party apply their policies to local government and tell Future Councils their plans for the year ahead.

Friday, 22 January, 2016 - 09:00

Tories take the “Free” out of Freedom of Information

Thursday, 17 September, 2015 - 14:30

The Conservative government are running a consultation on Freedom of Information laws. David Cameron wants to introduce fees - some reaching as high as £600 - for those exercising their rights to see what their elected representatives are doing on their behalf.

A Pirate reads Piketty, part 4: Transparency

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Transparency and its sister, the flip side of the coin, privacy, are at the heart of Pirate politics. The first of the seven principles on which the PPUK constitution is founded states that society is built on the sharing of knowledge (and we've already seen how important that is in reducing inequality, according to Piketty). The third principle makes this more explicit with respect to the role of government: "Everyone should have a say in the structure and processes of governance and the right to know what is done on their behalf".

Information Commissioner decides Home Office must release report on EU Freedom of Movement

Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 14:30

A controversial report into EU Freedom of Movement, written as part of the government's review of the balance of competencies within the European Union must be disclosed, the Information Commissioner has decided.
The report was due to be published at the end of 2013, but unlike the other eight reports published on the 13th of February 2014, the 'Single Market: Free Movement of Persons' report was held back, with reports from some sources claiming that it had been held back indefinitely.

Transparency

Disclosure of influence on political decisions

PIRATES call for the disclosure of the influence of interest groups and lobbyists on political decisions to protect the democratic process and to make the basis of decisions transparent.

Whistle-blower Protection Law

PIRATES advocate for general and comprehensive legislation to protect persons who expose issues that are in the public interest, such as cases of corruption, insider trading, or ethics or human rights violations (“whistle-blowers”).

Full disclosure of government deals with corporations

The detail of the government's deals and agreements with suppliers and other businesses should be disclosed. It is not acceptable that the government should be allowed to protect information regarding its commercial activities on the basis of confidentiality.  

New right to film and report council meetings announced

Saturday, 26 October, 2013 - 11:00

Eric Pickles has announced that new provisions will be added to the Local Audit and Accountability Bill, set to be debated by MPs on Monday, that will allow residents, bloggers and journalists to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings in England.

This announcement follows last year's change in the law to force councils to open their executive meetings to the public, but many councils have steadfastly refused to allow recording of other council sessions.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

Luxembourg goes to the polls

Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 00:45

Voters in Luxembourg took part in early national elections today after fallout from spying revelations resulted in the collapse of the Luxembourg government. The election marks the first national outing of the Pirate Party of Luxembourg. Running under the motto of “Reboot Luxembourg” the party advocated a basic income, transparency of the state, political participation, as well as freedom and responsibility.

"Daft Arrest" Blogger Faces Thousands in Damages

Friday, 15 March, 2013 - 11:45

Judgement was given today in the case of Jacqui Thompson, which followed what Twitter users have dubbed the #DaftArrest. The dispute started after Mrs Thompson was arrested for refusing to stop filming a council meeting in June 2011. She launched a legal challenge based on a letter responding to criticism of the council. However the High Court has dismissed this claim.

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