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2018: Looking Ahead

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Gower: Mini Manifesto

My name is Jason, and I live in Pontarddulais. I've lived here for what would be nearly eight years, had I not taken the opportunity to take a year away to work in Cornwall. Previous to this, I grew up in the village of Bynea, on the outskirts between Swansea and Llanelli. The beauty of Gower is easy to see, and I am jubilant to have the opportunity to represent the people who call this area their home.

My main aim would be to give the people of Gower a voice in the UK Parliament, ensuring that their voices and opinions are represented politically and fairly in London. Members of Parliament are, for all intents and purposes, employed by the people of their constituency, and like a member of staff of a factory or store is accountable to their manager and employer, Members of Parliament must be accountable to the people who elected them.

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.

NEC Election 2017: Deputy Leader

Hello, everyone!

I'm writing this message at around twenty minutes past twelve on Friday morning, the 20th day of January in the year of 2017, so I sincerely apologise if I ramble a little bit...

Today marks the day of Donald Trump's Inauguration as the US President, Brexit continues to be talked about, and the Pirate Party UK NEC Election 2017 Nominations for Secretary and Deputy Leader have closed, and voting has commenced. At least something positive will come about from today.

For those that don't know, the National Executive Committee is an important part of the political blogosphere, and most (if not all) political parties have an NEC at the helm. Constitutionally for PPUK, the NEC is the executive body of the Pirate Party UK, comprised of the elected officers and other members selected to join the committee. Essentially this means that the NEC is important.

I nominated myself for the position of Deputy Leader as I relish a challenge, and I want to get a lot more involved in Party politics than I ever before imagined I would. I've previously held the roles of Press Officer, and Nominations Officer, and I have stories to tell of both.