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Equal under the Law

One of the seven guiding principles on which the policies and actions of the Pirate Party are based states… All are equal under the law. We all have a say in the structure and process of governance and the right to know what is done on our behalf.

Personally, and as Nominations Officer for the party, this is the core principle that means most to me. Equality and access to justice are fundamental rights, and that is enshrined in Article 7 of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But sad to say we do not live in an equal society in this country. Every day people are discriminated against on grounds of sex, race, sexual identity, and political or religious beliefs. While such behaviour might be illegal, it is still widely practiced and is ingrained in some organisations. What is more, the Press actively encourages sexist, homophobic, and religious intolerance with provocative headlines, photos, and articles.

The Pirate Party stands for justice and equality. We believe that a person's beliefs, preferences, and physical attributes should have no bearing on how they are treated or what opportunities they have access to.

Is a Vote for Your Principles a Wasted Vote?

Adrian Farrel's picture

The media are full of proposals for electoral pacts and ideas for tactical voting. These suggestions are based around keeping one party or another out of government, or making sure that a particular person is not returned to Westminster.

But where does this leave a minority party? Should it encourage its supporters to vote for candidates from other parties and maybe for different parties in different constituencies?

And what should voters do in our first past the post system where their first choice from one of the smaller parties is unlikely to get elected? Should they vote for the person they support or should they consider that a wasted vote?

I am personally very frustrated and disappointed by negative voting. At the previous election my MP said to me words equivalent to, "Vote for me because at least I'm not one of them." This is not exactly a resounding reason to do anything.

Sad news in St Athan

David Elston's picture

Sadly, Councillor David Street died during the night of Saturday 15th April.

Around a year ago, David Street was one of the councillors who sat on the council during my co-option. While I'll never know which way he voted, he was good enough to explain a bit about how the St Athan Community Council worked. I was quite surprised how that which was often described to me as a very simple, low level form of government, could have its own complications, especially with how particular the arrangements of the St Athan ward are. If it was not for those like Councillor Street, I am sure the transition from local activist to local councillor would have been far more difficult.

David Street was a very respected member of the council and there is no doubt in my mind he will be missed. I regret I was not able to know him better, and I wish his family well.

I hope new councillors that have been elected to fill the vacant roles on the council will continue to respectfully represent the community and in turn, sitting councillors should welcome them in as David Street did I.

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We don't have a ship yet.

Ray's picture

I joined here. I'm writing here. I'm helping write here. I don't know where this is going, just that it's here.

I'm here too now.

But where's the ship?

Local Elections Leaders Update

David Elston's picture

While we congratulate our Finnish friends of Piraattipuolue on successfully getting not one but two Pirates elected in the municipal elections, one in Helsinki and one in Jyväskylä we remain hopeful that our local communities here will vote for the new, open and trust-restoring politics that Pirates can offer.

In the last election cycle we were heavily focused on the disastrous IP Act and DE Bill that the Conservatives were pushing into law, helped by Labour. We saw Pirates campaign nationally to bring awareness to this injustice and publish information on how to protect ourselves from these invasive and disproportionate new powers.

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