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Friday, 2 December, 2016 - 21:30

Almost a month after the most successful elections for any national Pirate Party, the Icelandic Pirate Party has been formally asked to try and form a Government after both the 2 largest parties failed to do so. They will now continue talks with a number of other parties in an effort to break the current deadlock to finding a willing coalition of parties to form a Government.

Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Spokesperson said:

"This is the next step in the progression of Pirate politics from the fringes towards the mainstream. There is clearly a lot of work to be done by our...

Pirates across Europe... can the Dutch keep the momentum going!

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Following the success of Pirates for Iceland, and the strong showing of the Icelandic Pirate Party the next European Election on the horizon for Pirates to keep an eye on is the Dutch General Election in March 2017.

Proportional Representation:

The Dutch electoral system is one of the most inclusive systems in the whole of Europe. There are 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer - "House of Representatives") and there is straightforward proportional representation across the whole country in a single election. This means that it is theoretically possible to gain a seat in Parliament whilst getting just under 1% of the vote across the country as a whole.

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Ahoy Pirates! - November Update

Ahoy Pirates!

Welcome to all our new members that have joined us over the last few months, and apologies to our long-standing members for the length of time that it's been since our last communication.

It feels like there has been a lot happening in the political sphere both in the UK and Abroad - with Brexit, Pirates in Iceland, Trump, and then this week the Snoopers Charter / IPBill being passed, with barely more than a whimper of opposition. 
You can see the Press Releases that we put out over the last few months here: https://pirateparty.org.uk/press-release and our Press Hits here:https://pirateparty.org.uk/party/press-hits

We have also been refreshing our Youtube channel to encourage new viewers and members - check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/ThePirateParty

As with all of these things we need more people getting involved in helping - could you provide a quote for a press release, or come up with a video concept? One of the ways of finding out what's happening and getting involved is to chat to us on Discord http://discord.gg/ZtPYHHw.

For those of you that are London based, if you want to meet up with other Pirates in person (and why would you not) then join our Meetup group.http://www.meetup.com/Pirate-Party-London-Meetups/

Your Government has failed you

Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 23:15

Today we have heard the saddening news that the IP Bill has been through the 3rd and final reading in Parliament, and is now subject only to Royal Assent. In short, it is now inevitable that the bill will become law. That such an intrusive bill can become law, supported by both major parties, is a saddening indictment of the current state of politics.

 

Pirate Party Spokesperson for Young People, Michael Moriarty 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!

#NoLove4USGov - An extradition too far

Tuesday, 15 November, 2016 - 13:15

Amber Rudd has signed Lauri Love's extradition order despite huge public uproar, opposition both inside and outside her own party, inside and outside of government and a previous home secretary, now Prime Minister blocking an extradition with almost exactly the same conditions. Lauri is unlikely to meet justice in America, in his case the most likely outcome is jail without a trial.

Naomi Colvin of Courage Foundation has previously said:

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