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Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 16:30

In a recent report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), MPs singled out privacy campaigners by selectively quoting evidence that seemingly implies an indifference toward terrorism.

The inquiry was tasked to investigate the impact intrusive surveillance activities has on privacy. It was sparked after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed US and UK mass surveillance programmes and detailed extensive internet and phone surveillance.

Pirate Party Leader, Loz Kaye said:

"The selective quoting of Big Brother Watch, Justice and Liberty to...

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43 Days to go. Can you help the Pirate Party?

The General Election is now only 43 days away. We have six candidates around the UK who need your help. It is time to pledge whatever support you can.

There are a little over 1000 hours to get our issues as high up the agenda for the election as possible, both where we are standing and where we can't this time. Your help is vital if we want to do well.

Whether you are near a constituency with a candidate or not you can help. We need your support on the ground as well as your support for the national campaign. Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and help out. Your candidates are spread around the UK (and more may be declared yet!) but at the moment this is our list, where they are standing and how to contact them:

A Budget Response - Showy Gimmicks vs Solid Foundations

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As expected in his pre-election showpiece this was a political budget from the most political of chancellors. One by one he attempted to deal with Labour's one-dimensional election attack lines whilst trumpeting whichever statistics he could find to claim positive performance for his now infamous Long-Term Economic Plan.

Despite the rhetoric however, it was a short-term budget from a Coalition that appear to be pulling in different directions, with consequent confusion and complexity. This was exacerbated by the showy gimmicks that provided Osborne with so called 'gags' at Labour's expense - kitchens and deeds of variation. 

Fundamentally however these exemptions and allowances add complexity, rather than simplicity to an already overburdened tax system and are almost certain to be the tax avoidance loopholes of the future.

Digital Freedoms

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People make politics: The Pirate Party on why it's crowdsourcing its manifesto

By Dave Neal

THE PIRATE PARTY UK is steadily increasing its position in the political spectrum, aided perhaps by the actions and behaviour of the big three parties.

Taking this further is the organisation's keen eye and large ear for the views of the electorate. In the run up to the General Election, The Pirate Party is again asking the population to steer its policies.

Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 13:00

Pirate Party UK will contest Green target seat, Sheffield Central

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 - 12:30

The Pirate Party has announced it will be standing at least one candidate in Sheffield for the General Election in May.  Andy Halsall was selected by local members on the 5th of March 2015.

This will be the first time in the Party's five and a half years of campaigning in the UK that it will be standing candidates in Sheffield. Previously the party has contested Parliamentary seats in various parts of the UK, including London, Manchester, Derby and Leicester, as well as the European Election in 2014 and Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

UK surveillance legislation not fit for purpose, lacks transparency.

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 - 12:15

The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has said that the current piecemeal framework which governs how our intelligence services operate is unnecessarily complicated, resulting in a lack of transparency that is not in the public interest. 

Its inquiry has looked at the impact intrusive surveillance activities have on privacy. It was sparked after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed US and UK mass surveillance programmes and detailed extensive internet and phone surveillance.

The ISC is recommending a new Act of Parliament to govern the intelligence and security Agencies. The legislation should clearly set out the intrusive powers available to the Agencies, the purposes for which they may use them, and the authorisation required before they may do so. 

Andy Halsall, Pirate Party Candidate for Sheffield Central said:

"This review was overdue. It's unfortunate that the report and subsequent recommendations were not put together by the ISC as part of its oversight function, but instead were prompted only when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on excessive surveillance. Without those leaks, we would not be debating these issues, or hearing about the serious concerns and proposed changes outlined in this report."

"Without Snowden, we would be less aware and less free."

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