David A Elston

2017 Election Manifestos (in Wales)

Final look at the 2017 party manifestos turns attentions to those parties that are unlikely to win seats but are still exercising their democratic rights. I'm only include parties/groups/individuals standing in Welsh constituencies.

Saturday, 27 May, 2017 - 10:30

Government and Main Parties Point the Finger at Social Media for Terrorist Attack

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While Manchester still grieves, there are those who have already started using the event to further their own political agenda.

As soon as the election is over, the government will seek to immediately pass new powers allowing the police and MI5 to remove all encryption from services such as WhatsApp and Facebook, despite social media providers' stringent opposition to any action weakening encryption. Further to this, non-partisan professionals such as Open Rights Group (ORG) have also continually raised their opposition to providing a back door to encryption, since it entirely destroys the concept of security.

Despite both campaigners and business professionals warning against it, the government is locked on this dangerous course.

Pirate Party UK Launched their Open Manifesto

Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 11:00

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.

Press Hit: Pirate Party looks to make waves with Vauxhall manifesto launch

The Pirate Party wants to rock the boat in Westminster with a manifesto launch yesterday in Vauxhall.

Other branches of the party have gained ground in countries such as Iceland in recent years, standing on a platform of internet freedom and the reduction of government surveillance, and the UK party hopes to do the same.

Mark Chapman, the Vauxhall candidate who won 201 votes in the last general election, joined party leader David Elston and Vale of Glamorgan candidate to reveal the manifesto in front of the MI6 building.

They both expect that their policies will increasingly resonate with voters and impact future politics.

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 21:30

Good Night St Athan

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Thank you.

I really think it’s important to start here, with thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday, 4th May and voted Pirate... and indeed for those who voted at all.

The last local elections in 2012 saw a turn out of just 754 people here, while this time 993 turned up to give themselves a voice at the ballot boxes.

Of those 993, a whopping 75 of them decided to #VotePirate which is a 7.6% vote share. For some perspective, in previous years the Liberal Democrats have only managed 7.2% and Plaid have scored 6.2% to 11.6% while an Independent once hit 6.7%.

Pirate Party UK Hits New Record at the Ballot Boxes

Saturday, 6 May, 2017 - 13:15

The Pirate Party UK stood three candidates across five elections in this week's local elections and the results were announced yesterday. The party hit a new all-time high, averaging 3.77% for higher councils and 9.65% for lower councils.

Pirate Party UK Acting Leader and Lead Candidate, David Elston, said:

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks

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It’s often tempting to find a flaw in the opposition’s campaign and exploit it. When it comes to party policy, it’s our duty and job to certainly point out the problems and more importantly, offer an alternative.

...but sometimes without a particularly good reason, campaigns can turn sour and personal. I’m really glad we haven’t seen this here, in St Athan. I’ve been careful to run a positive campaign and my only criticisms about other parties were factual or empirical. The candidates themselves are all local campaigners and while we may not agree – there is simply nothing to gain by making things personal, getting nasty and over all a little respect can go a long way.

There’s nothing particularly easy about running a local election campaign. You may struggle between your own ideals and the evidence, it takes a lot of energy to make sure your message is received in the way it is intended and least of all your feet definitely get sore from all that walking.

Tomorrow is not another day, tomorrow is the day.

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We have made a strong case in the local elections this year. Candidates running up and down their communities dropping leaflets and speaking to neighbours all while making a few new friends.

Some we have met have been completely unsure on who to vote for, others know they want a definite change but don't know who to trust. One thing remains clear, that an independently minded Pirate providing a positive alternative is needed more than ever.

Tomorrow your votes will decide how strong a mandate we will have in the communities we feel most connected. Tomorrow your voice can be heard and all it takes is one stubby pencil.

Issues ranging from education budgets, to public access to knowledge in libraries, allowing social development in areas of play and keeping our communities safe from anti-social behaviour and dangerous roads have been brought up online, on the door step and in the street.

Pirates build their policies from the ground up. You decide what the priorities are and we represent that to the council, not a top-down, predetermined policy set that doesn't really sit right with you.

Pre-Election Donations Live Blog

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This Pre-Election Live Blog will be edited in real time to give a timeline on how much money we are raising for the GE2017 snap election.

We had always known we would make 2017 the year of the Pirate, making real successes in local elections but we never thought we’d have so many come forward wanting to #BeThePirate for the snap general election.

We now have a staggering ten candidates, meaning we need to raise £5000 in deposits alone!

But it doesn't stop there. Many more have come forward wanting to stand up for their local communities and to fight back against the government, to protect our civil liberties from being eroded.

Click here to donate.

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