Wales Branch

Do we need to start encrypting our bins?

David Elston's picture

I bloody hope not! That would make taking them out even worse!

Yet Councils across the UK, most recently the Bridgend County Borough Council have "reformed" their recycling process, causing maximum discontent along the way, all the while being criticised for "not being as good as the Vale of Glamorgan", who do not operate such strict recycling, despite until recently both councils falling under Labour control, making Labour responsible for both recycling approaches.

Since films like Hackers (1995) we have been reminded that gathering data can sometimes be as simple as jumping in a dumpster or routing through a bin but now Councils are making it even easier to have a window into your private lives, for anyone in your street to see.

VoG - Community Mapping

One of David Elston's final pieces as a Community Councillor in St Athan @ 2:30 talking about the community mapping/crowdsourcing exercise that went towards forming his local policies in LE2017.

Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 14:00

Meet your Vale of Glamorgan candidates for the General Election

THE CANDIDATES vying for your vote in the 2017 General Election have been confirmed.

Voters in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency will have the choice of eight candidates for the parliamentary seat and the Barry and District News has heard from each one this week.

Thursday, 25 May, 2017 - 13:30

2017 Election Manifestos (in Wales)

Final look at the 2017 party manifestos turns attentions to those parties that are unlikely to win seats but are still exercising their democratic rights. I'm only include parties/groups/individuals standing in Welsh constituencies.

Saturday, 27 May, 2017 - 10:30

Gower: Mini Manifesto

My name is Jason, and I live in Pontarddulais. I've lived here for what would be nearly eight years, had I not taken the opportunity to take a year away to work in Cornwall. Previous to this, I grew up in the village of Bynea, on the outskirts between Swansea and Llanelli. The beauty of Gower is easy to see, and I am jubilant to have the opportunity to represent the people who call this area their home.

My main aim would be to give the people of Gower a voice in the UK Parliament, ensuring that their voices and opinions are represented politically and fairly in London. Members of Parliament are, for all intents and purposes, employed by the people of their constituency, and like a member of staff of a factory or store is accountable to their manager and employer, Members of Parliament must be accountable to the people who elected them.

Good Night St Athan

David Elston's picture

Thank you.

I really think it’s important to start here, with thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday, 4th May and voted Pirate... and indeed for those who voted at all.

The last local elections in 2012 saw a turn out of just 754 people here, while this time 993 turned up to give themselves a voice at the ballot boxes.

Of those 993, a whopping 75 of them decided to #VotePirate which is a 7.6% vote share. For some perspective, in previous years the Liberal Democrats have only managed 7.2% and Plaid have scored 6.2% to 11.6% while an Independent once hit 6.7%.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks

David Elston's picture

It’s often tempting to find a flaw in the opposition’s campaign and exploit it. When it comes to party policy, it’s our duty and job to certainly point out the problems and more importantly, offer an alternative.

...but sometimes without a particularly good reason, campaigns can turn sour and personal. I’m really glad we haven’t seen this here, in St Athan. I’ve been careful to run a positive campaign and my only criticisms about other parties were factual or empirical. The candidates themselves are all local campaigners and while we may not agree – there is simply nothing to gain by making things personal, getting nasty and over all a little respect can go a long way.

There’s nothing particularly easy about running a local election campaign. You may struggle between your own ideals and the evidence, it takes a lot of energy to make sure your message is received in the way it is intended and least of all your feet definitely get sore from all that walking.

Tomorrow is not another day, tomorrow is the day.

David Elston's picture

We have made a strong case in the local elections this year. Candidates running up and down their communities dropping leaflets and speaking to neighbours all while making a few new friends.

Some we have met have been completely unsure on who to vote for, others know they want a definite change but don't know who to trust. One thing remains clear, that an independently minded Pirate providing a positive alternative is needed more than ever.

Tomorrow your votes will decide how strong a mandate we will have in the communities we feel most connected. Tomorrow your voice can be heard and all it takes is one stubby pencil.

Issues ranging from education budgets, to public access to knowledge in libraries, allowing social development in areas of play and keeping our communities safe from anti-social behaviour and dangerous roads have been brought up online, on the door step and in the street.

Pirates build their policies from the ground up. You decide what the priorities are and we represent that to the council, not a top-down, predetermined policy set that doesn't really sit right with you.

Castleland Man With Burning Ambition

Jeb Hedges's picture

Many people in the Vale of Glamorgan are up in arms about the incinerator being built in the heart of Barry. They believe it is a potential health and safety hazard for the local community, and that a license to operate the incinerator must not be granted.

Local man Jebediah Hedges feels so strongly about the incinerator that he is making it a central part of his campaign for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council in the Castleland ward, where he is standing as a candidate for the Pirate Party UK.

"This is something much more than a community heating project. Those schemes are popular in countries like Austria, where they are used for heating and generating electricity for small towns of a few hundred homes. This plant, however, is being constructed on an industrial level.

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