Happy Birthday

6 Years Back - 6 Years Forward - #WeArrSix

Mark Chapman's picture

As the Pirate Party UK celebrates its 6th Birthday this week, it's an opportunity to both look back at what we've achieved as a party, and what we can strive towards over the next 6 years.

In some ways, we've achieved a fair amount simply by still existing - the majority of brand new political parties fold again within the first 5 years. We can be proud too of the many things where we have been at the forefront of campaigning - the Digital Economy Act, DRIPA and the Snoopers Charter, Copyright Reform, Internet Filtering, Democratic Reform and many others.

Over the next 6 years we should be looking to build rapidly on this solid base. We should be focused on building the Pirate name and the Pirate brand across the country and across elections. Having looked at those parties in the UK which have been successful recently (UKIP and the Green Party) what can we hope for in terms of electoral representation over the next 6 years?

#WeArrSix (But don't sing the song!)

David Elston's picture

If six years ago today the Party was born. If you had approached me and said “In six years, you will be the Deputy Leader of a political party, after running in the GE2015” I would have said “...then in six years I must have gone crazy!”.

Turns out I'm not crazy... but I am a Pirate.

Since 2009 we've seen Pirates elected all over the globe, most notiably in Sweden, Germany and Iceland. In the UK we've seen Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowdon be persued for exposing the truth of what Governments around the world are doing in secret. Net Neutrality has been attacked and our own party and leadership threatened when we created proxies to try and keep the net neutral. It's been a hard six year battle for Pirates everywhere.

Now we are seeing the Freedom of Information laws being reviewed. The Government has not learnt its lesson on keeping the public in the dark and wants to increase its secrecy. Not forgetting David Cameron now wants to censor our internet with “objectionable content” filters.