I recently saw the bio-pic 'Che' where Benicio Del Toro plays revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Putting military metaphors aside, what struck home was that any mass movement needs more than volunteers and enthusiasm to succeed. It also needs organization and resources. In fact, it needs the right organization and the right resources. In the film, Guevara is presented as more than just a passionate idealist. He is also a talented organizer. In one scene, Guevara berates a junior officer for not scheduling the relief for a watch, hence leaving two soldiers on guard all night long. In another scene, Guevara interviews a new recruit, and having judged how to use her talents, he gives her the important job of making collections from nearby farmers. Several times in the movie, we see Guevara talking to his troops about the importance of learning to read and write, so they have the skills they need to tell fact from fiction and can learn to do more than shooting guns and carrying equipment. We can be thankful we still live in a democratic society, and that our struggle will be fought with words and not bullets. Even so, we need the same approach of being disciplined and organized, because we face hostility and entrenched opposition to our goals.
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 Westminster.
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.
"I am delighted to be pushing the local campaign...