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Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 14:15

Dear Members,

I'm writing to you to announce that due to recent elections to the National Executive Committee, there are three vacancies on the Board of Governors.

The Board is intended to house nine Governors who contribute to the party. Ideally a range of voices, including seasoned pirates and those with a fresh view, are very valuable to adding a guidance and experience to the party, amending the constitution or providing oversight. If you ever wanted to help keep the Pirate Party on track, you should consider volunteering yourself at the election.


Contact Name:
Garry Kitchin

Opinion: Pirate Party Claims of Using Common Sense Under Investigation by Parliamentary Standards Committee

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I am writing this to answer a question that has been raised on our forums and I would like to answer it publicly as there can be no doubt about what our goals and aims are and, more importantly in this case, aren't. 

Now, while the ideal of allowing all images to be legal may seem appealing in an idealistic sense, there has to be some use of moral sense. The Obscene Publications Act should not be hamstrung by introducing a contradictory and obviously flawed law.  A seemingly innocuous statement like "possession of images of any kind should not be illegal" implies that  we also want to legalise obscene images.  Not the easiest claim to refute if we go down that road.

Volunteers with Key Skills

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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.

Spotify: good for labels, bad for musicians

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Over at the Guardian, Helienne Lindvall writes that if Spotify is successful, the music industry stands to make lots of money, but musicians won't get much of it:

No wonder the majors speak so highly of Spotify – they receive 18% of shares in the online streaming service. It's just a pity that artists won't get to see any of this.

RMS talks to the Pirate Party UK

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For nearly everyone reading this post, rms will need no introduction, so I'll just say that if it wasn't for Richard M. Stallman we wouldn't have GNU, the Free Software Foundation or the GPL.

A while back, rms published an article about the implications of the Swedish Pirate Party's proposal for a 5 year copyright duration on the GPL, in which he proposed a system of source code escrow.

Homophobia will not be tolerated in this party

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One of the first things I read this morning was #comment-100001234" mce_href="" target="_blank">this blog in the Telegraph. While the author is clearly interested in having the sort of rational, well thought out debate about issues that we as a party are trying to encourage, instead he makes this very serious point: "Glance through the comments on any post or news article about the issue and you’ll find a reference to the fact that Mandelson is gay, as if this somehow affects his ability to tell right from wrong."

I would like to point out that the Pirate Party UK's blogs are an exception, and I've never seen any evidence of homophobia by party members. I also want to say this very firmly: "We absolutely will not tolerate homophobic statements by any party member."