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Leaders Update: Sleep, Drink Rum and have fun with it

David Elston's picture

I’m sure every other party right now is saying “...and we must charge on and build on these results!” despite almost all of them either losing vote share or seats so let’s go over the facts.

Pirates were one of the few parties to make gains. Our over all vote share went up and the number of votes pulled in increased even more dramatically, more than doubling, widening our exposure from 1130 to 2321 since the last election.

The snap General Election was always known to be an election that favoured the big parties. Labour and the Tories campaign constantly pushed you into a pigeon hole of voting for one or the other.

But we’ve proven that a party that truly understands digital and has the will to be dynamic, to follow the manifesto of it’s membership, we can mobilise quickly. We have seen ten Pirate candidates where many parties either didn’t stand at all or fielded substantially fewer candidates. This allowed us to increase from six to ten over the last election.

Remember to smile

David Elston's picture

Today we charge to the polls and with every vote, we send a louder and louder message to Westminster; you will not take our human rights from us, our liberty is not up for grabs, and this culture belongs to us - we will decide how to shape it.

With our crowdsourced policies and a record ten candidates standing all over the country, we are becoming increasingly difficult for the established parties to ignore. This is your chance to show your ideas and your principles are what matters, not top-down policies birthed from a system that was made in simpler times that no longer represents the people.

As the wider public comes to know us, they definitely like what they see. A party that promotes honesty and trust, which is something really missing in politics right now.

Neither Labour or the Conservatives are interested in reforming the voting system. There isn’t any compassion from any party that perpetuates inequality. Both parties have a strong history of broken promises – and a last minute manifesto with new promises to break shouldn’t swing anyone’s vote.

Do any of the major political parties really care about esports? We asked the Pirate Party

Esports News UK reached out to all the major political parties over the past few months to attempt to get comment from them about their views on esports, and what they'd do if they got into power.

Thursday, 8 June, 2017 (All day)

A speech I was going to use at a cancelled hustings

Morgan Hill's picture

Sorry to disappoint you. As you can see, I’m an ordinary young man in ordinary clothes. You see the Pirate Party. It isn’t a joke party and I’m not a joke candidate, it is part of a substantial political movement. The pirate movement, supported by many around the world, aims for: open democracy, patent/copyright reform and the protection of privacy. Our sister party in Iceland has 10 seats in their parliament.

I take the pirate movements principals to mean simply the following: “Providing people with clear rights.”

Governments are made of people, they’re not magic, so they should operate in a manner that’s accessible to people. If a government is not accessible to people, then people cannot give informed consent to the government, a government that does not have informed consent is worse than no government at all.

Today we are subjected to the politics of fear. Fear deceives you of rationality and provokes instantaneous consent to reactionary policies that you’ll soon regret.

BRIXTON Blog - Mark Chapman (Pirate Party)

The Pirate Party has traditionally drawn support from young people, and we are very aware of the level of housing inequality in the country, and in Brixton in particular.

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 16:15

No vote is wasted

David Elston's picture

In times of crisis it can be easy to walk away, give into fear or to simply feel powerless.

The Conservatives will make every effort and stand on any atrocity to further their agenda. They need opposing and to be fought every step of the way or our hard won rights can easily be pulled from us.

The Tories are our obvious enemy of equality, freedom and liberty. They want eyes into to our private lives, seek to clamp down on our ability to freely express ourselves and limit our access to furthering ourselves, both in the education system and from online resources.

They keep us down with cutting wages, cutting schools, cutting disability services, cutting hospitals, cutting transport and let us be at risk with cutting the police. They keep us so busy just trying to get by that we often have little time to focus on them targeting our most treasured human rights.

Pirates will always make sure your voice is listened to. This is why you make our policies and with them we change the political landscape so that our civil liberties and digital freedoms are not forgotten or buried under a heap of bad Tory policies.

Privacy campaigners are outraged with Theresa May's 'draconian' internet regulation plans

"Theresa May's desire to regulate the internet is a deathly serious threat, and we need to fight back against it with everything we have," said Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Candidate for Vauxhall. "So much of the economy, culture, communication and infrastructure of the 21st Century is founded on a free and open internet, and it is absolutely crucial that it remain that way.

Monday, 5 June, 2017 - 11:45

Digital campaigners slam Theresa May's 'draconian' calls for internet regulation

"Theresa May's desire to regulate the internet is a deathly serious threat, and we need to fight back against it with everything we have. So much of the economy, culture, communication and infrastructure of the 21st Century is founded on a free and open internet, and it is absolutely crucial that it remain that way," said Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Candidate for Vauxhall.

Monday, 5 June, 2017 - 22:45

Introducing the general election's most unconventional candidates

Neil Blackburn is standing for the Pirate Party in Manchester Central. But despite having spent much of his working life as a seaman that’s not what drew him to the party.

Thursday, 1 June, 2017 - 18:00

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