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Sunday, 29 May, 2016 - 22:00

Hello fellow Pirates,


We have some announcements to make!

If you're looking for some fresh content, our very own Danfox [https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/danfox-davies ] has posted an interesting long-read magazine piece on wars, friendship, and conscience [https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party-magazine/new-world-example ].

Or perhaps you'd like to see the latest...

Full NEC election: the Pirate Party needs you!

Dear Pirates,

Every position on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Pirate Party UK is now up for election!

This is a constitutional requirement: full NEC elections must be held every 25 months, regardless of how long individual officers have been in post. The last election was held at this time in 2013.

Several members of the current NEC have announced that they do not intend to stand for re-election to the same position. These are Cris Chesha (Party Leader), Sam Clark (Treasurer), and me (George Walkden, Nominating Officer). All these posts, and all other posts (Campaigns Officer, Deputy Leader, Secretary), are up for election.

We're between major UK elections, and the party is in need of new blood and new ideas. If you'd like to put your name forward, take a look at this page! You'll need to be a member and to be seconded by a current member in good standing. You can often find a seconder on the Community candidates page.

The timetable of the election is as follows:

What Price Security Surveillance Now?

Adrian Farrel's picture

A couple of weeks ago I attended a meeting of the Manchester branch of the Open Rights Group to discuss the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill known as the IPBill and currently about to be discussed and voted on by the House of Lords.

The meeting included a showing of The Haystack (http://thehaystackdocumentary.squarespace.com/watch/) a short documentary film about surveillance in the UK. We then had an open discussion of the film and the IPBill with a panel including Gary Herman from the National Union of Journalists, Gary Hough from Zen Internet, Loz Kaye from Open Intelligence, and myself.

While recognising the threats posed by terrorism, paedophilia, and organised crime, the room seemed unanimous in its belief that the IPBill is poorly conceived, lacking in detail, and over-reaching in its powers. For some background on the IPBill see https://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Investigatory_Powers_Bill.

Happy Councillor new Year

David Elston's picture

Last night was the council's AGM (and my first one), which took place between 19:15 and 19:30. Cllr David Crompton stood down as Chairperson and Deputy Cllr Ann Barnaby was elected unanimously as the new Chairperson.


I was also elected to be the Deputy Vale of Glamorgan Community Liaison, taking over from Cllr Steve Haines.


Following that our usual meeting took place from 19:30.


We briefly discussed the brown site development of the Old Boys Village which has become a popular Urbex site. I say briefly because everyone who spoke on the matter was simply in support of the site's development, save concerns over the lane giving access to the housing. The site is to be mostly dismantled apart from the iconic Church and Caretaker's hut to allow new homes to be built. I am very delighted this application was made and wholly support it. Some details-for-joy are:

A Pirate in Local Government – An Interview with David Elston

Pirate Times decided to ask David A Elston a few questions about his recent work on St Athan Community Council, his view of Pirate Party UK, and what he sees as some of the most exciting developments in the Pirate Party movement around the world.

Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 10:45

A Pirate's First Month in Government

David Elston's picture

It is surprising how much you can learn in a month.

Most notably, last night in my first prepped council meeting, I seconded a motion for the northern access road into St Athan to have to abide by EIA Regulations, in which event it would be necessary for the application to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES). The road is for the St Athan Enterprise Zone. The statement from Welsh Ministers gave the opinion an Environmental Statement was not required and it did not have to abide by EIA Regulations, despite the road running 1.8km through Green Belt fields and multiple hedgeways.

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