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Monday, 16 October, 2017 - 19:45

Standing five Pirates in Luxembourg's 2017 communal elections, Pirate Partei gained 33,566 (1.3%) votes under their Proportional Representation system, which entitles them to three representatives.

David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said:

"Congratulations to the Luxembourg Pirates who gained three seats in the communal elections recently.

"While it is difficult to compare voting systems and different countries, this goes a long way towards further demonstrating two very important things: Firstly, there is an international calling to place more Pirates in...

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Musicians oppose disconnecting filesharers

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The BBC is reporting that many musicians oppose the government's plans to disconnect filesharers:

An alliance of music stars, songwriters and record producers has spoken out against UK government proposals to kick file-sharers off the internet.

Persistent file-sharers could have their internet accounts suspended in an attempt to crack down on piracy. But Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien, a member of the Featured Artists' Coalition (FAC), said: "It's going to start a war which they'll never win."

Making Friends

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Politics may not seem like the friendliest business.  In some senses, it is the wordy alternative to relying on fists to arbiter a decision.  Churchill said "To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war".  In the House of Commons, the distance between the opposing front benches is the length of two swords.  This symbolizes that each side of the house must use language to engage opponents, instead of using violence to intimidate them.  Whilst politics may sometimes seem like combat through wordplay, only a poor politician would try to overpower all opponents.  A better politician realizes to win a democratic argument requires the skill of persuasion.  And that is just another way of saying we win if we make more friends than enemies.

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Meeting and Talk in Regent's Park, London

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So much has happened so quickly, it seems strange to observe that very few party members have met in person.  For those living around London, we have an ideal opportunity to meet each other, meet leader Andrew Robinson, and help recruit new members to the party, all at the same time.  Put this date in your diary:

5.30pm, Saturday, September 5th

and come to

The Treehouse Gallery, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NU (see Google Map here)

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Registering to Vote

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A lot of councils update their voting register every autumn, and I get a lot of questions about how to register to vote, so now seems like a good time to remind everyone about some of the basics.  In the end, if you cannot vote, you cannot vote for the Pirate Party!  We want to see as many supporters as possible registered to vote and able to use that vote when the general election is called.

All the information on how to register can be found on the website http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/. Read on for some tips and observations about why people fail to vote in practice.

The Government moves the consultation goalposts

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The Pirate Party UK has been encouraging people to respond to the Government's consultation on P2P filesharing, which threatens Britain's 7 million file sharers with a range of draconian penalties.

Today, the Government has moved the goalposts for the consultation. They have finally admitted that, as we suspected, their plans do include cutting off internet access for whole families if one member of that family shares files, in stark contrast to Gordon Brown's recently stated aim of "universal connectivity to broadband".

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