David A Elston

Dutch Pirates: Het geluk helpt de dapperen!

Thursday, 16 March, 2017 - 13:30

The results are in and the Dutch Pirate Party have not managed to secure a seat in the Dutch Parliament - despite an increase in votes from the previous election the share of the vote was only up marginally at 0.3%.

David A Elston, Pirate Party UK Acting Leader said:

Fair Winds to #Piratenpartij #TK2017

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Tomorrow The Netherlands will decide if they are ready to embrace the radical reforms Pirates can offer while us in the UK wish we had a system that could give us the same proportional opportunity.

My humble advice to the Dutch is simple. If we in the UK had a proportional system such as yours, we would not waste this opportunity voting for the same old thing, we wouldn’t vote for the familiar face or weigh up who has the best propaganda. For us it would be simple. There is one clear decision if you value free speech above all else, if you want everyone to have the same, equal and open access to knowledge and if you want a government that respects your right to privacy, then you’ll come to the same conclusion that so many around the world are coming to… it is time to #VotePirate.

The Link Is Not Safe

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 21:30

Leader's Update: Weigh Anchor! We've got work to do!

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Hello fellow Pirates

Our party is about political engagement and so regardless of how you voted I want to thank all of you for taking part in our internal elections, whether you voted, verified ballots or ran the whole thing.

You really have honoured me with 70% of ballots cast voting Dave for Deputy Leader and I will continue to be a spokesperson for the party in a direction we all can be proud of.

I am however mindful that at least 30% didn’t vote for me and at worst, voted “against” me. Perhaps in a general election this is some what less important as I would already have a clear mandate and wouldn’t have to worry about anything for five years. Alternatively if we were to take a lesson from Labour, we’d be fighting a civil war and having annual leadership elections...

That’s not how the Pirate Party UK does politics.

Ethical Banking

Monday, 23 January, 2017 - 22:45

HSBC whistleblower 'Mr Ethical' has won his hard, drawn-out, 13-year-long battle against his former employer.

Four million pounds in compensation is due to be split between 6,700 people who had been forced to pay unreasonable debt collection charges.

David A Elston, Pirate Party Spokesperson, said:

“It’s not every day that someone takes on a big bank and wins. Just over a year ago, Nicholas Wilson (or as he has come to be known, 'Mr Ethical') told me, and the hosts of Anon UK Radio, about the gruelling experience he had been through.

Vote Dave for Deputy

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Hello once more fellow Pirates

The deadline for casting your vote draws ever closer as the polls close Thursday 2nd February a touch before midnight.

In the past, the campaigning with our internal elections has been a little thin, more than likely because Pirates are hesitant to turn cannon on one another – but let’s not take lessons from the established parties, that internal elections are a place to blow someone else’s flame out to make yours appear brighter.

Instead, I’m here to make a positive case for my Deputy Leadership and until a Leader rises from our ranks, your Acting Leader.

Press Hit: Local Charity: Saints celebrates funding

Pirate Party Councillor, David A Elston and Saints Trustee said: “This is another huge step in the right direction. The team of trustees and volunteers that help and form Saints have worked incredibly hard and we are always grateful for all the support and well-wishing received...

Three Sources:

Barry & District
The Daily Vale
Cowbridge Today (The GEM)

Friday, 13 January, 2017 - 10:00

Scrap the Severn Bridge Toll - and fix our roads!

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While the Secretary of State for Wales is content in the Severn Bridge tolls being struck in half, and others say slashed further again, I believe they should be scrapped completely and the profits they have been making while letting the debt be idle, used to fix our roads.

The Severn Bridge Toll has been a thorn in Wales' literal side no doubt having some impact both on job seekers and employees travelling accross the boarder but also to tourism.

In May 2013 the debt still stood at £88 million pounds but by 2015 this figure still hadn’t moved, despite them pocketing a £140 million windfall. In fact, over 2010 to 2014, net toll revenue was £411.6 million.

Originally the private bridges were due to fall into public ownership by 2018, when the debt would need to be paid off in full.

Smacking Ban Law

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This time two years ago the smacking ban law plan for Wales was dropped and we were left with the rather ambiguous decision that if you smacked a child, it was permitted by the state so long as you did not leave a mark - which is rather subjective as certain skin colours show different degrees of markings and some parts of the body can be dealt a large degree of pain without any obvious physical marks. The smacking ban has intermittently appeared in debates for years and the assembly always considers flexing what little legislative power it has to simply ban it.

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