Jason Halsey

Press Release: Pirate Party announce first GE2017 Candidates

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:15

As soon as the snap General Election was announced, Pirates rose from our ranks, willing to take the fight for free culture, evidence based policy, copyright and patent reform, and an end to warrantless blanket mass surveillance to Westminster.

David Elston, our Acting Leader and Lead Candidate for the Local Elections, standing in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan will be furthering the campaign upwards, contesting the Vale of Glamorgan seat in South Wales against the incumbent Conservative Secretary for Wales.

Elston said:

2016 the year everyone got interested.

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So this year has been certainly the most remarkable and discussed year in politics for a very long time. Very few people have not spoken about Brexit, the Tory leadership race, the Labour PLP and leadership, the Icelandic election or more recently the US election. I have been interested in politics for a number of years, and a Pirate party member since around the General Election of 2015. 2016 however, has truly inspired me, due to this sudden interest that most of my friends,colleagues and acquaintances have now developed. I dream that the typical apathy and lack of wanting to vote for thinking that "things never change" mind-set is starting to fall away. I hope that perhaps realisation that the First Past The Post system is what gives us the static system of government generally and is equally what divides us.

Some people wondered why the “losing” side to Brexit or the US Elections complained, moaned and did not accept the result. This is quite simple when you boil it down to the fact both were only a binary choice question, this is clearly going to be divisive by nature!