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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?

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.

St Athan Road Safety E-Mail Complaint

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Subject: St Athan Road Safety
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:18:22 +0100
From: David A Elston <d.elston@pirateparty.org.uk>
To: c1v@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council

Last year you will no doubt be aware of the press hits in the local papers, the demonstrations with teachers and pupils of the local schools which included a police escort, the video footage published online and the information gathered from the survey from the Community Council. I believe a petition also took place, all in relation to road safety in St Athan.

Regrettably, despite the police calling the roads "not safe" and all the above, improvements to the roads were never made.

That'll do Pirate, that'll do

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After a successful Pre-Election Live Blog on donations raised prior to the GE2017 snap election and the GE2017 crowdfunder, we recieved a total of £1474.77. Whew!

In a time where we've endured a Tory Government, facing cuts, cuts and more cuts, that is no small figure.

...but before I ramble on... I'd like to thank George Walkden, Paul Chaplin, Neil Bird, Jon Nielsen, Jason Halsey, Sam Mills and a large number of people wishing to remain anonymous.

Oh and I raised my piggy bank for a little something to donate along the way too.

I was recently told that in other to take part in democracy, we have a "pay to play" system, where the big parties have massive donors or union backers that allow them to fight any fight without worrying about the bill but Pirates, despite the slander that we simply want stuff for free, dig deep when it comes to making sure our voices are heard.

Do we need to start encrypting our bins?

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I bloody hope not! That would make taking them out even worse!

Yet Councils across the UK, most recently the Bridgend County Borough Council have "reformed" their recycling process, causing maximum discontent along the way, all the while being criticised for "not being as good as the Vale of Glamorgan", who do not operate such strict recycling, despite until recently both councils falling under Labour control, making Labour responsible for both recycling approaches.

Since films like Hackers (1995) we have been reminded that gathering data can sometimes be as simple as jumping in a dumpster or routing through a bin but now Councils are making it even easier to have a window into your private lives, for anyone in your street to see.

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