Wales Branch

Smacking Ban Law

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This time two years ago the smacking ban law plan for Wales was dropped and we were left with the rather ambiguous decision that if you smacked a child, it was permitted by the state so long as you did not leave a mark - which is rather subjective as certain skin colours show different degrees of markings and some parts of the body can be dealt a large degree of pain without any obvious physical marks. The smacking ban has intermittently appeared in debates for years and the assembly always considers flexing what little legislative power it has to simply ban it.

A Year In Review

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 (All day)

Ahoy Pirates,

As we start the New Year - we thought a Member's Update - looking at the Year past and the Year ahead was in order...

A Year in Review

So earlier in the Year we got our first Pirate representative in any level of government; 1st March 2016 (St David's Day) was when David Elston was co-opted onto the St Athan Community Council. He has been an effective advocate for Pirate policies on the council, in particular trying to increase the levels of transparency and openness to the local community.

The Alt-Left have learnt nothing

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While we see the Democrats in America failing to come to terms with what cost them the 2016 election. That calling your electorate deplorable is not a way to convince them you have the better argument, we’re now seeing the left wing recycle candidates at home, much like the USA did with Hilary Clinton.

Caroline Lucas was not so long ago, after standing down, re-stood and was re-elected as Leader of the Green Party in England and Wales and now Pippa Bartolli has been elected Green Party Wales’ Deputy Leader, having already served as Leader.

This particularly grinds my gears as there are many of us that generally speaking end up more on the left wing than the right in our policy making and the Greens territorialism tends to mean they claim the left wing argument rather a lot. There are so many people not just on the left spectrum but those who have been mislead to join the greens that have so much to offer to politics.

Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (WLS - SW)

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Have you hear of the Parliamentary Constituency changes? The Boundary Commission as of the 5th of December closed responses on their initial plans. We believe in openness and transparency at all levels of government so here is my response for the Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan regions in South Wales.

 


In this report I draw attention to many different aspects of why the proposed changes need a second look. Some of the areas covered are:

  • Commuting
  • Population Size
  • House Prices
  • Voting Records
  • Supply Lines
  • Existing Relationships
  • Local Groups

Vale of Glamorgan / Bridgend response can be viewed here.

 

Pirate Party Councillor Stands with Standing Rock

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Councillor David A Elston, the first Pirate to hold any seat in any level of government in the UK shows solidarity with the hundreds of primarily young Native Americans protesting against the potential contamination of water from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).


David A Elston, Spokesperson for Wales said:


"We have seen first hand in Wales when national policy overrules what locals are asking for it can cause devastating results. In Wales we remember the deliberate flooding of the Tryweryn Valley and still today in the UK we see places such as Lancashire being opened up to fracking despite the opposition of the local council.


Those in Standing Rock are no different to ourselves. In the simplest of terms, they have a local policy that is being ignored by their national government.


We, too, often forget that environmental issues such as these still have an impact on people and our planet in the long term. We should be looking to new, sustainable technologies and should not rely on fossil fuels; digging up and burning the past, to fuel the present at the cost of our future must stop."

A busy month (plus a few days)

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Whew that month sure went fast. We're due a little sit down and catch up, so here we go...

For those of you that missed it (what have you been doing?!), our Icelandic counterparts won 10 seats, up from three in the Icelandic Parliament. This is a huge success, and we issued a press release about it here. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by CNBC and featured briefly in this video. I was also interviewed by Ars Technica about the Pirate Party UK.

The Barry Eye

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Pirate Party Councillor criticises Merlin Entertainments Group for being a "kill joy"


The owners of Barry Island's giant ferris wheel have been told they can no longer refer to the attraction as the "Barry Eye", despite never having officially done so, because the Merlin group own "The Eye" and "London Eye" trademarks.[1]


David A Elston, Pirate Party Spokesperson & Councillor in St Athan said:


"It is ludicrous that Merlin or anyone else for that matter can try to claim sole rights to the word "Eye" this way.


"I hope the Merlin Group will reconsider this heavy handed approach to the Danter family and cease such intimidating actions over a rather stretched assumption that anything branded "Eye" will inevitably link back to them.


"Actions like this will be putting a lot of the locals off attractions Merlin provides. They should really think about what exactly they are trying to achieve with this because so far all it is causing is disappointment and heavy sighing at the mention of their name in our community.

Pirate Party Councillor - Road Safety "A Must"

Cllr David A Elston in The Barry GEM supporting parents and showing discontent at the higher Vale council.

Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - 08:00

Money for Parks but not for Water

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If you missed it, I got to hold this really big cheque for £2000 for our charity* in St Athan which has been set up to help improve the areas of play.

 

Newydd's contribution here was very generious and it'd be great to see more of their very welcoming staff that met us at the new Old Station estate throughout the company.

Pirate Party Councillor Fund Raising Success

Charity Trustees; Pirate Party Councillor David A Elston, Chairperson, Lisa Austin, Sally Gardiner and Charlotte Jennings' Charity now raised £3500 towards improving the areas of play in St Athan.

Lindsey Gordon, at Newydd's new estate "...The charity is great for all the kids and the work the charity does is fantastic for the community."

Rachel Honey-Jones, Community Regeneration Manager at Newydd, said "It’s a great pleasure to support St Athan’s SAINTS in order to help them develop play areas locally..."

Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 13:00

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