Sunday, 1 April, 2018 - 13:00

If you live in Wales, are aged 11-18 and want to take part in the Welsh Youth Parliament you will not be allowed to disclose your party affiliation.

The Welsh Government announced the end to their consultation in November 2017 and have decided on the particulars surrounding the Welsh Youth Parliament, despite never publishing the results of the consultation.

Those aged 11-18 are permitted to take part, the first elections will be November 2018 and there will be 60 members but none are allowed to disclose their party association(s). Indeed it is unclear if any register of...

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Lily Allen: Broken Records, Broken Laws

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Lily Allen, daughter of the guy who played the corpse in Shallow Grave, possessor of a third nipple and alleged pop icon, has recently grabbed another claim to fame: self-appointed spokesperson for copyright laws. In her new blog, called 'It's Not Alright', Allen recycles familiar arguments that downloading is the same as stealing and it threatens the poorest people working in the music industry. If you believe her, it is just a coincidence that the most vehement critics of downloading are music execs and millionaire superstars like Allen.

Amelia Andersdotter interviewed by Daily Telegraph

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Amelia Andersdotter, the Swedish Pirate Party activist who will become an MEP if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, has been interviewed by Andrew Keen of the Daily Telegraph:

Amelia Andersdotter of Sweden's Pirate Party from andrewkeen on Vimeo.

Pirate Party now biggest on Facebook

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Further to my previous article, "Pirate Party surpasses Labour Party on Facebook", the Pirate Party is now the largest UK political party in terms of the size of its Facebook group.

This is because of two developments: we're continuing to grow, having reached 7000 members on 19th of September, and the largest BNP group has diappeared (there are various BNP groups on Facebook; the current largest has 3715 members).


French Pirates get 2.06% in by-election

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 France's Parti Pirate fought its first election on Sunday. This was a by-election to the Natonal Assembly in the 10th district of Yvelines. The Pirate candidate was Maxime Rouquet, a 23 year old student, and he got 2.06% of the vote.

Details here.

Finding Candidates and Targets

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About once a week somebody will ask a question about which parliamentary seats the party should fight at the general election. Raising funds is vital to determining how many seats we can fight, but there is every likelihood that we will need to focus our energies on particular seats instead of trying to fight too many and losing a lot of deposits. That makes it absolutely vital that we make the best choice of which seats to fight. However, for a party concerned with information politics, we lack some of the information we would like. We can speculate about where we might get the most votes, but without polling data, it will be a guess. For example, university towns often get cited as likely targets. On the other hand, most PPUK members are too old to be students, and if the membership is representative of our voters we must have plenty of support off campus as well as on.