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Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:15

As soon as the snap General Election was announced, Pirates rose from our ranks, willing to take the fight for free culture, evidence based policy, copyright and patent reform, and an end to warrantless blanket mass surveillance to Westminister.

David Elston, our Acting Leader and Lead Candidate for the Local Elections, standing in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan will be furthering the campaign upwards, contesting the Vale of Glamorgan seat in South Wales against the incumbent Conservative Secretary for Wales.

Elston said:

"I am delighted to be pushing the local campaign...

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David A Elston / Mark Chapman / Jason Winstanley

Don't Disconnect Us - Brightdancing Test

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This is a test post to see if youtube works.

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Sign the petition, and Talk Talk like a Pirate!

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Recently we've seen a wide array of campaigns and discussion forums about pirate politics. Billy Bragg has started a discussion blog, the Open Rights Group have done a lot of good work to raise awareness and talk sense about disconnection, and of course they have been a lot of petitions set up on the Number 10 website aimed at pointing out how wrong the government are to wage war on their own citizens over file sharing.

Now, a new player has entered the field of pirate politics, with a campaign against disconnection. Andrew Heany's petition against disconnections is different in one major way from all the others because it has the backing of the company he works for. Since he's Executive Director of strategy and Regulation at Talk Talk, this means we now have one of Britain's biggest ISPs actively supporting pirate policies.

McKinnon, Laws that Cross Borders, and Pirates

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Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent call for feedback on how the party should respond to Gary McKinnon's campaign and the wider issues it raises.  It looks like the bulk of answers are in, so here is my analysis of the steer from the party.

  • The party's membership is generally very supportive of Gary as an individual, but some are understandably reluctant for assistance to be Gary to be overly politicized or for the party to adopt an official line on one specific case. I interpret that to mean that individuals (including officers) can use party resources (primarily the website) to disseminate information about how to support Gary's campaign but that party will take no position on Gary's case as a party. Individuals give support to Gary in their own name and not the party's. There is also no expectation that anybody must or should be active in campaigning for Gary, and hence it is down to a personal choice. The party's role will just be to facilitate the sharing of information on how to support Gary.

Mandy confirms he'll cut off filesharers

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Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, has confirmed that the UK government is planning to cut off filesharers from the internet:

The UK government will take steps that will exclude persistent downloaders of content from connecting to the internet, it confirmed today.

The UK business secretary, Lord Peter Mandelson said that the UK would pass legislation to cut off people as a last resort. Before cut off, individuals would receive warnings that their activities had been detected and warned to cease and desist.

The Telecoms Package - a failure for democracy

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This week has seen some rather worrying developments in Europe. Thursday saw the final barrier to France's three strikes law removed as the Constitutional Court ruled that it was legal. This is the first such law to be passed specifically to target illegal file-sharers and is unlikely to be the last. This action was supported by the recent progress made in Brussels with the notorious Telecoms Reform Package, legislation that will decide what restrictions can be placed on disconnected Internet users.

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