David A Elston

David Elston : #BeThePirate / Channel Intro

New channel intro for the Pirate Party UK on youtube.

Time to review our relationship with the USA

Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 - 15:15

This year we have seen a revolution in Iceland with Pirates taking a sudden 10 seats, up from three. An amazingly successful campaign, based on openness, transparency and restoring the power back to the people.

However in the USA we have seen a very different kind of revolution, where voters were forced to choose the candidate they considered the "least worst".

Land at Cowbridge Road, Eglwys Brewis, St Athan

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My response to the propsed pre-planning consultation that aims to change the three parcels of land, green belt and public green space to housing:

 

A busy month (plus a few days)

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Whew that month sure went fast. We're due a little sit down and catch up, so here we go...

For those of you that missed it (what have you been doing?!), our Icelandic counterparts won 10 seats, up from three in the Icelandic Parliament. This is a huge success, and we issued a press release about it here. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by CNBC and featured briefly in this video. I was also interviewed by Ars Technica about the Pirate Party UK.

What is the Pirate Party?

Iceland's parliamentary elections could propel the radical centrist Pirate Party into global mainstream politics.

Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 09:30

The Barry Eye

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Pirate Party Councillor criticises Merlin Entertainments Group for being a "kill joy"


The owners of Barry Island's giant ferris wheel have been told they can no longer refer to the attraction as the "Barry Eye", despite never having officially done so, because the Merlin group own "The Eye" and "London Eye" trademarks.[1]


David A Elston, Pirate Party Spokesperson & Councillor in St Athan said:


"It is ludicrous that Merlin or anyone else for that matter can try to claim sole rights to the word "Eye" this way.


"I hope the Merlin Group will reconsider this heavy handed approach to the Danter family and cease such intimidating actions over a rather stretched assumption that anything branded "Eye" will inevitably link back to them.


"Actions like this will be putting a lot of the locals off attractions Merlin provides. They should really think about what exactly they are trying to achieve with this because so far all it is causing is disappointment and heavy sighing at the mention of their name in our community.

Pirate Party growing pains: Murder-suicide, a fetish model, and Alþingi

The Pirates are finally venturing beyond copyright and privacy, with some success.

For UK Press Hit related media, find: Back to the drawing board.

Monday, 24 October, 2016 - 08:45

Pirate Party Councillor - Road Safety "A Must"

Cllr David A Elston in The Barry GEM supporting parents and showing discontent at the higher Vale council.

Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - 08:00

St Athan Village Proposed Traffic Solution

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The number one killer of young people (defined as 15-29 year olds) in the world is road related deaths.
 
In the UK there were 1730 traffic deaths in 2015[1]. There is often more than one contributing factor, however it is claimed 90%[2] to 95%[3] of the time driver error was one of the contributing factors. While the data available does not give us a precise number of how many definitely included driver error, we can see an overwhelming majority of the time that a contributing factor is driver error[4].
 
Driver failed to look properly and driver/rider failed to judge other person's path of speed are the highest contributors by a considerable margin and issues relating to speed are secondary, while other issues trail behind considerably.
 

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