IMPORTANT: Nominations period extended - new NEC urgently needed

Dear Pirates,

As there were no nominations for any of the NEC posts, the nominations period has been extended indefinitely until nominations are received.

The current NEC will remain provisionally in post until the conclusion of the election, unless they choose to resign. I will be resigning as Nominating Officer on 19th December, though I will continue to run this election until a new Nominating Officer is in place.

Please, please consider putting your name forward for an NEC position. It's hard to overstate the seriousness of the current situation. Without an NEC, the party is essentially unable to carry on its day-to-day activities, which include standing for elections and advocating Pirate policies at a national level.

The forum thread for the election is here. The election itself can be found here.

Best wishes,

 - George


Dr George Walkden
Nominating Officer
Pirate Party UK

Internal Election: Board of Governor By-Election Results

Friday, 14 July, 2017 - 10:15

Board of Governors 2017 By-Election Summary

Samuel Mills, Noah Stride and Jeb Hedges are declared elected after counting 20 ballots using ERS97 STV. There were 5 candidates for 3 seats (including RON).

Detailed Results:

There were zero spoilt (aka empty) ballots cast and 20 valid ballots cast across the 5 candidates.

The bar charts below show the vote counts for each candidate in each round.

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.

Internal Election: Governor Nominations Closed

Monday, 3 July, 2017 - 19:15

Hello fellow Pirates

We are now well into the campaign period for the internal by-election for the three vacant seats on our Board of Governors.

Polls will open 6th July at 18:30 and close 13th July at 18:30. The voting system used is STV.

The following nominations have been received and are displayed in order received:

Who are asexuals? (submitted annonymously)

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This was sent in by a collaboration of asexual individuals who do not wish to be named, it is posted here to protect their identity the name of the account posted under is of no relevance

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Asexual, agender, a-romantic, demi-romantic, lith-romantic, skolio-romantic, homo-sensual, pan-sensual, fray sexual, gray-sexual, sex-averse, sex repulsed... Welcome to the confusing world of asexuality.

 

Seeking Members: Board of Governors, and the NEC

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 - 19:30

Things are always in a weird way after a General Election here in the UK, and it really goes without saying that this definitely applies right now. But things must go on as normal, and it is with that that I continue, as the Pirate Party UK Nominations Officer, uphold my pirately duties.

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.

VoG - Community Mapping

One of David Elston's final pieces as a Community Councillor in St Athan @ 2:30 talking about the community mapping/crowdsourcing exercise that went towards forming his local policies in LE2017.

Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 14:00

Leaders Update: Sleep, Drink Rum and have fun with it

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I’m sure every other party right now is saying “...and we must charge on and build on these results!” despite almost all of them either losing vote share or seats so let’s go over the facts.

Pirates were one of the few parties to make gains. Our over all vote share went up and the number of votes pulled in increased even more dramatically, more than doubling, widening our exposure from 1130 to 2321 since the last election.

The snap General Election was always known to be an election that favoured the big parties. Labour and the Tories campaign constantly pushed you into a pigeon hole of voting for one or the other.

But we’ve proven that a party that truly understands digital and has the will to be dynamic, to follow the manifesto of it’s membership, we can mobilise quickly. We have seen ten Pirate candidates where many parties either didn’t stand at all or fielded substantially fewer candidates. This allowed us to increase from six to ten over the last election.

Remember to smile

David Elston's picture

Today we charge to the polls and with every vote, we send a louder and louder message to Westminster; you will not take our human rights from us, our liberty is not up for grabs, and this culture belongs to us - we will decide how to shape it.

With our crowdsourced policies and a record ten candidates standing all over the country, we are becoming increasingly difficult for the established parties to ignore. This is your chance to show your ideas and your principles are what matters, not top-down policies birthed from a system that was made in simpler times that no longer represents the people.

As the wider public comes to know us, they definitely like what they see. A party that promotes honesty and trust, which is something really missing in politics right now.

Neither Labour or the Conservatives are interested in reforming the voting system. There isn’t any compassion from any party that perpetuates inequality. Both parties have a strong history of broken promises – and a last minute manifesto with new promises to break shouldn’t swing anyone’s vote.

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