Snoopers Charter declared illegal, Pirates call on Government to rethink surveillance regime

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018 - 20:45

Today, Appeal Court judges ruled the Government's intrusive mass digital surveillance regime (better known as the "Snoopers' Charter") unlawful. This has been a core campaign issue for the Pirate Party UK over the years, as well as for non-partisan groups such as Liberty, Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Open Rights Group.

Pirate Party Spokesperson Mark Chapman said:

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: http://equalcivilpartnerships.org.uk/

Happy Pirating!
 

Local Elections 2018

Monday, 1 January, 2018 - 15:15

Dear Pirate Party Member,

I am writing to all members as the Nominations Officer for Pirate Party UK.

As some of you may be aware, there are local elections due to be held on Thursday 3rd May 2018. These are taking place all over the country with around 4,000 council seats up for grabs. Here are the local authorities where elections will take place.

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?

Full Membership

Signing up for or renewing a full membership is ideal for anyone who wishes to support the party in our political goals. It also means you can shape the party.

Being a party member allows you to have a say over candidates for elections, and put yourself forward. It gives you the final say over policy, how the party is run and by who. It's a chance to get involved in a growing global movment and meet like minded people. Joining also helps us keeps our campaigning running. After all, defending free culture doesn't come cheap! But being a member of The Pirate Party is great value and lets us keep the party running.  If you have limited income, you may be eligible for the reduced £3 membership.

This is a recurring subscription. If you wish to join for only one year, or to pay using BACS/Faster Payments (bank transfer) or Cheque please use the non-recurring membership page.

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Pirate Party UK Elects full new NEC

Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 21:15

Ahoy my fellow pirates

The polls closed at 22:00 Friday night, so if you didn't cast your vote already, then tough!

The ballots have been counted and scored using the ERS97 Single Transferable Vote proportional system (STV) with Re-Open Nominations (R.O.N) used as a candidate in each election.

The results are as follows:

For the position of Party Leader:

There were 3 candidates competing for 1 seat.

Harley Faggetter 18
Jason Winstanley 5
R.O.N.  1
Abstained 2
Spoilt 0

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..?

Bluebird

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