GE2015

Pirate Party UK Leader on the UK Election Results

We’ve already seen that many within the UK tech scene seem relatively pleased about the results of the UK General Election, but most of them seemed concerned about how it would impact their business more than anything else. But what about people concerned with our online civil liberties? The Pirate Party’s raison d’etre is promoting online freedom, and with the Conservative government openly supporting GCHQ surveillance and tighter internet controls, how do they feel about the results? We talk to Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye to find out.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 - 15:30

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone

David Elston's picture

I was running through my head the number of people who helped make the Bridgend 106 a reality and thought to myself “I must thank them”. By the time I tallied them all up, a blog post seemed inevitable. So many people worked tirelessly to give Piracy a voice in our democracy.

Let's get started!

I think it would be pretty bold of me  to start a series of Thank-Yous without starting with Loz. As I have said before, you're the first leader of any party who I actually believed and who I could tell actually believed in what he was saying. You never once resigned to the tired old Westminster soundbites and despite everything, delivered you next sentence with a grace and cheer that gives our politics a sense of hope, something the other party leaders should really take note of. I've never seen a leader so approachable, even on the night of the count, you checked in with me down in Bridgend to make sure I, personally, was doing all right.

201* (Retired, Not Out)

Mark Chapman's picture

Having spent a couple of days reflecting on the result, on Loz's resignation as leader (https://pirateparty.org.uk/blogs/loz-kaye/moving) and Andy's comments (https://pirateparty.org.uk/blogs/andy-halsall/fight-your-rights-and-party) about stepping back further I offer the following for the party as a whole. Thoughts and suggestions on three areas where I think that the next leadership would do well to focus on:

Internal Communications

Fight for your rights, and party!

2015 is going to be a year of change for the Pirate Party. Loz isn't standing for re-election and a number of long-term members are taking a step away from the party, if not the issues. These are people I've worked with for a long time, and I know just how hard they have worked and how much they have put in.

They deserve my thanks and the thanks of our members generally. Together they have done much to take the party from being one that was dismissed outright, to one that is criticised on its ideas and approach.

The Rise of the Welsh Pirates

David Elston's picture

I'm about to show you just how huge 106 votes are. The first Pirate Pioneers in the UK did not always poll in triple figures, this time every candidate did... but before we get into that, let's reflect on what happened at The Count on election night for the first Welsh Pirate election, in Bridgend.

There is no denying there was always a strong undertone in Bridgend that “If we don't vote Labour then the Tories will get in” and many Pirate voters originally expressed the same concern to me. While Labour winning in Bridgend is certainly not a victory for us Pirates, it is undeniably better than having a parachuted in Conservative candidate, which is more than many other constituencies in the UK woke up to on the 8th. The incumbent MP also took the time to speak with me as did her son and I have been invited to talk about the Pirate Party at Bath University.

The Plaid Cymru Candidate had a really good 2,784 (7.1%) Vote, which is a 1.1% increase. James was also a very likeable person and we shared a laugh over how we both had long hair and unavoidably met the odd person that would always say “I can't vote for him, he needs a haircut”.

GE2015 - The Betrayal of the TUSC

David Elston's picture

There were some truly inspiring moments at the count in Bridgend and some very discouraging signs from some of the other parties.

Perhaps this is where you would expect the presence of the National Front playing to their stereotype and causing fights or that a UKIP candidate made some ill-thought out remark. Instead the single most disheartening thing at the count for me was the TUSC.

GE2015 Election Analysis

We won 106 votes (0.3% vote share) in Bridgend despite there being very little chance of picking up protest votes with such a diverse array of candidates, of which we had a total of 10. Bridgend is also very much a town or rather a collection of towns and communities, not a city, so we are not used to this volume of choice so any candidate is already at a disadvantage. We were did not field any paper leaflets or use a mailshot in Bridgend so it was entirely a digital and media driven campaign, saving thousands of pounds.

Here is our election analysis

Labour lack ‘compelling alternative’ says Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye

Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye believes Ed Miliband’s Labour campaign has lacked a ‘compelling alternative’ as momentum appears to favour the Conservatives this morning.

The BBC’s exit poll suggested the Tories would fall just short of a majority, and as the votes trickle in, it appears David Cameron is in a strong position to remain as Prime Minister.

Kaye, who is running as candidate in Manchester Central, says Labour’s policies have failed to invigorate voters into making a change.

He said: “The exit poll has come as a big surprise. That does not tally with the polling we’ve been hearing up to this point.

“It’s another of those points where the Labour Party really didn’t have a compelling alternative.

Friday, 8 May, 2015 - 03:45

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