Pirate Party UK launched its Open Manifesto for the 2017 General Election on Wednesday 17th May, with the core policies of free speech, radical reform of copyright, and the end of mass surveillance of innocent people. The launch took place right in front of the SIS building (the home of MI6) in Vauxhall where Mark Chapman, the Party's Lead Candidate is standing.
The event was attended by many in the Party's leadership, candidates, volunteers, members, some representatives of the Press, and a few members of the public.
Mark Chapman said:
"There is a real need in politics for a new generation of representatives that understand the digital world and can see the implications of bad legislation. We want to see the end of the Snoopers Charter and the failure to provide an appropriate level of digital security that leads to events such as the recent ransomware attacks. We see this need demonstrated by people actively signing up to join the Pirate Party, our record share of the vote in the recent local elections, and our ability to stand ten candidates across the country in this General Election - the most the Party has ever stood.
"Right now the only party really talking about and truly understanding these issues is the Pirate Party."
David A Elston, Pirate Party Leader and candidate in Vale of Glamorgan, said:
"We crowdsourced our policies and this Manifesto from all corners of the Internet, our party, the communities and where we live. This is one example of the different ways that we Pirates 'do politics' and we see it engaging people in politics again, encouraging them to talk about issues, to bother to vote, and restoring a little bit of trust in politics and the system so that everyone who wants to take part, can take part.
"This really is a collaborative effort: a coming together of everyone's work, open to all, and open source published with a Creative Commons license. That is why we called it our Open Manifesto."
Hard copies were distributed on the day but you can find a digital version online here.
About Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party has started to poll alongside major parties and is looking to build support from the grassroots. The party is standing 10 candidates in the June 2017 General Election.