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2018: Looking Ahead

Hey there! 

My name is Jason 'Termy' Winstanley. I am 25 years old, and I have been a member of the Pirate Party in the UK for several years, I don't actually recall I first joined. And long story short, I want to lead the National Executive Committee branch of the party over the next two-year cycle, and beyond. Basically, I feel great about where the party stands right now, and I can see a bright future if we harness the talent and skills that we house internally. We have many volunteers, members, people that do amazing things, and I want to foster the talent that we have and push it together in the right direction.

There are a few things I would like to see happen under my leadership, taking the form of my annual goals for 2018:

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I have been on the NEC since late 2016, during my time I have helped transform our IT team and reduce costs from nearly £300 a month to just shy of £160. The money saved is now being used to promote and support the party and its aims. You can see my current responsibilities here:

https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party/how-we-work/party-organisation

What I have done in 2016/2017 Election Period

·         Organised the Birmingham meetup to increase engagement

·         Assisted in the GE preparation and supported a candidate at his count

·         Worked within the IT team to drive transformation

·         Lots of back office admin stuff that no one sees but is very important to the central running of the party.

 

What I Plan to do in 2017/2018
 

A new politics needs a new parliament

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"Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!"

My nomination for the position of Nominating Officer for the PPUK

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I joined the Pirate Party UK recently, after many months of looking at the party with increasing interest.

Society has moments of great change, where technology drives a radical shift. Such moments include the Agricultural and Industrial revolutions. The way people lived changed, affecting work, leisure and family life. While the changes were beneficial in the long term, it took time to ensure that people's rights were protected. The excesses of the capitalists, who used the changes to increase their wealth, needed checking , and people needed to reassert their rights and fair working conditions.

We are in a new digital age, and society is altering very quickly. Our digital rights, something that until recently weren't even conceived of, are becoming the new frontier for our human rights. So much of our private and work lives are now online. Our relationships frequently occur online. Our sensitive personal and financial data isn't locked in a drawer or safe, it's stored on computer servers across the world.

Standing down but not walking away

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Did anybody catch the last three years? I blinked.

I’ve been a member of the Pirate Party UK since 2014. In that time I’ve stood in seven different elections, held four different positions and…

...as I type this I feel, this isn’t what anyone is interested in. We’ve all contributed to the party substantially and no one need list their contributions. To each of us, we gave something of great importance and at times, we no doubt questioned if we could afford to, but we did so willingly anyway.

I’ll always be tremendously grateful to everyone who found the courage to band together on what some may describe as a journey but at times felt more like a siege to protect our liberties.

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