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Second Class English

Craig Burrows's picture

UK overseas charity workers no longer qualify for free National Health Service (NHS) in England but do in Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland! Us English are second Class Citizens in the UK! The Queen may well award you an MBE etc. but you would end up selling it to pay medical bills. English charity workers worldwide are doing great work often paid very little. How many English citizens will now be forced to return home or not volunteer in the first place? 

When Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales have legislative bodies that vote on domestic policies, England does not. How come we allow MPs from the other nations to vote on English only issues? From tuition fees to the NHS the English subsidise the rest. Devolved power has dis-empowered the English. Our political system is broken & I see none of the main parties wanting to fix it with anything more than a band aid. If you live in England you will probably end up paying for the band aid & then paying again for it again for Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales! 

 

Local Debates not Leaders' Debates

Loz Kaye's picture

Anyone would think we are going to elect a president next year. Politicos, the media and the Twittersphere have been obsessing about the format of the Leaders' debates in the run up to the General Election.

What this has really been about is the largest forces in UK politics, from the Tories to the Greens promoting their own self interest rather than really doing what would reinvigorate creaking British democracy.

Andy Halsall : The cost of action in Iraq

Our involvement must be more than military and truly in the cause of freedom and democracy.

When parliament voted to invade Iraq in 2003, it was based on what we later found out to be disinformation and deceit. We were misled. The countless thousands who opposed the war were vocal in their opposition - but they were not listened to, they were ignored. And the UK went to war.

Today, Iraq isn't the beacon of peace and democracy that we had hoped it would become, in a region with far too little of either. Far from it. Iraq is a very troubled state. The sectarian divisions that arose after our invasion and the impact of the poor planning and even poorer decisions taken during the post-invasion period continue to hinder progress and freedom in Iraq.

It is absolutely true that the situation in Iraq is at least in part down to the choices we made in 2003. Yet the decision parliament was asked to make today was very different, the situation it aims to address is different and the context in which it was raised is different.  

Scotland – The Real Choice

Loz Kaye's picture

Voters in Scotland are about to take one of the most significant democratic choices in recent years. It's fair to say that Pirate Party members have taken a range of views on #indyref. Unlike others, we're not afraid of shades of opinion in our party. But the last few days have convinced me of what my view is on the issue. The Scots probably don't want yet another Party Leader from south of Gretna banging on about the referendum, but here's what has led me to the belief that a Yes vote is the only way forward for people who care about real democratic choice.

So much of the  referendum campaign has focused on issues which aren't actually the heart of the question. It's not about whether you like Cameron and Boris or not. It's not about the SNP's voting record. It's not about whether Salmond says dumb stuff. It's not about license plates, stamps,  royal babies, how “foreign” you feel, haggis, teacakes, or spinsters cycling to evensong.

Radicalising the Internet – The Politics of DRIP

Loz Kaye's picture

Apparently there is a national emergency going on. Not that you would particularly notice, as our elected representatives have been as busy Tweeting snarky comments about the reshuffle as actually debating the future of the communications of every person in the country. And indeed beyond, if Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) bill goes through.

Vote for more Pirates in the European Parliament

The Pirate Party will be standing in the upcoming May 22nd European Parliament elections in the North West region.  

You can support the campaign by getting involved in the North West, or Nationally - We also need to fund the campaign, so donate if you can - see our crowdfunding effort here: http://www.pozible.com/project/180266.

First on the Pirate Party North West list is Maria Aretoulaki. She runs her own IT consultancy as well as being a dubstep DJ and promoter. Born in Greece, Dr Aretoulaki speaks 4 languages and has lived in 3 different EU countries. Next on the list are George Walkden, lecturer in linguistics at Manchester University and Pirate Party Manchester organiser and Europe spokesperson Jack Allnutt.

We are campaigning for the UK to be a part of positive change in the EU- for a more transparent and democratically accountable Europe, for a Europe that is right for all of us. We have been calling for a referendum on Britain's EU membership since 2012, because we want people to have their say - and we will be campaigning to show that the UK is a vital part of the EU. 

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 10:00

Why I'm standing in Manchester Central

Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party appeals to voters to overcome understandable cynicism and go for the opportunities on their own doorsteps.

Creeping privatisation means every aspect of our society is being divided up and parcelled out. It can be impossible to find out who is responsible for the most basic aspects of our environment, public space and services, let alone get anyone to do anything. Developers reshape our cities, rename our districts and yet are unwilling to preserve our common heritage, or, based on what many in Manchester have been telling me, even do basic repairs.  It is a society easy to feel powerless in.  

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012 (All day)

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