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Two minutes to midnight

The Doomsday Clock has been advanced to two minutes to midnight by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) [01]. They are a group of leading scientists and engineers founded by members of the original Manhattan Project. The setting of the Doomsday Clock is symbolic, where midnight is the time of the apocalypse: it is supposed to alert politicians and citizens around the world to the dangers our technologies (especially nuclear weapons) pose.


The clock has been set forward by half a minute by the BAS for a number of reasons including North Korea's development of nuclear missiles; the rise of distrust in the political system, news media and science, and world leaders' inaction on climate change. 


Garry Kitchin : Why Pirate Party UK members should stand in the 2018 Local Elections

This year there will be local elections electing over 4,000 Councillors. This article will argue that the Pirate Pirate UK should fully contest them.

Why should I stand as a Pirate Candidate in my local area?

Elections can very hard for small political parties. They can cost a lot of money, and stretch a small membership to breaking point. History would point to very little success for all this effort. So why do it?

Smaller political parties suffer greatly from a lack of recognition among the general public. This is true of the Pirate Party UK too. Those who follow politics closely have probably heard of the party, but would struggle to know its key messages. Amongst the much larger group of voters, who only switch on politically for a few weeks before an election, I suspect the name of the Pirate Party doesn't even register. The only way to improve this is to get out ourselves and spread the message. No-one else will do this, so if we won't do it, no-one will.

This short period of voter's attention is key. Every candidate that stands for the Pirate Party is another name and logo on every single ballot paper in that area. When people see Pirate candidates alongside Labour, Conservative and the Lib Dems, it sends a message that we have arrived and that a genuine alternative, not just another colour to pick from, is ready.

During a local election campaign it is very common for local papers to approach candidates for perhaps a 100-200 words statement that is printed or published online before the election day. Some areas arrange a hustings, where candidates can attend and speak to people in the community. Each of these should be organised so that every candidate gets equal time and status.

Amendment of Civil Liberties Bill

Hello all,

While on my emails and surfing the web I saw an email about future amendments to Civil Partnership Act.

The current act allows couples of same-sex to form a Civil Partnership and have similar legal status as married, although since 2013 marriage is also available for same-sex couples too.

The new amendment to be debated on 2nd February will allow opportunities to let opposite-sex couples to also form Civil Partnerships.  Although it may not seem an issue since marriage already exists, some people still prefer to idea of Civil Partnership as it does not have such historic significance and context and allow all couples to enjoy Civil Partnership! We're one of the countries still yet to do it.

How can you help? You can write to your MP and get them to vote on the bill.
You can read a bit more in depth from here and other ways to support:

Happy Pirating!

Pirate Party UK Appoints New (Old) Deputy Treasurer

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The fools! They’ve trusted me with all the money!



The newly elected NEC is currently strategising for 2018 and the up coming local elections – but while they do that, I’m now sitting in my nice little back office, counting pieces of eight as the new Deputy Treasurer. Well, maybe not "new" as I've been in the party a while now... but you ge the picture.

Here are some things you might not know about our finances:

  1. We are the most affordable political party in the UK to join, with membership as low as £3.
  2. We are the first British political party to accept Bitcoin.
  3. We have a great Deputy Treasurer.

Fascinating right?

Civil liberties, bloody liberties and tv licensing!

Dear all,

            I recently had quite an upsetting experience with tv licencing [long story]. They got in touch pretty quickly once we'd 'cancelled' online, but you can't cancel easily as their website doesn't allow it. But we did get a couple of Emails and a couple of phone calls that were 'strong' on subliminal threats. The final call ended in me losing my rag with a remote 'irritant' at their hq. They are the 'Stasi' reborn, so beware all of you using bbc iPlayer etc. Anyone else out there suffered like this at all..?


Back again with possible London Docklands branch {?}

Avast ye,

             Hello all. I'm Laurence [Bluebird] and back at the helm after a couple of roller coaster years changing many jobs, a GE [2015] and new directions in life! Please feel free to get in touch if you fancy a chat. My new job domain is in London Docklands, an area sitting right in the middle of the PPUK London logo, and an alternative venue for people in E / SE London to meet up. There's a nice roomy pub with quiet sit down tables at West India Quay should I get any interest! I'm not into treading on toes, so this isn't about upsetting PP London Branch, but just an added extra!

"Splice the main jib"

Bluebird aka Laurence 


2018: Looking Ahead

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Vote ZAP

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:

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.