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Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 12:15

The Queen has set out the proposed legislation by the first Conservative majority government for nearly twenty years.

Attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with a British Bill of rights have been delayed, breaking David Cameron's promise that this would happen in the first 100 days of the new parliament. Removing the HRA has run in to problems of opposition within the Conservative party and because it is written into devolution deals.

Measures to combat extremism, a new law on communications data, and changing the ability to strike were announced.

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We're Still Number 1

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Well, at this point, the dust is starting to settle on the election. I've been alternately working on my sleep and my grog deficits for the last 3 days, and I finally feel I've  regained enough manna to do some retrospection. The experience of running this election was kind of like being hit by a train; I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't quite that.

At times I almost lost all faith in myself, all faith in the campaign and all faith in the party, but eventually we came through. Looking back, it's no wonder really; things were not really stacked in our favour, but ultimately, as things started to fall into place, it became something to enjoy and to really be proud of; I reconnected completely with all of the reasons that made me start this journey. During the last 12 weeks, we ran some excellent events, I met a lot of new people, I gave some pretty darn good speeches (even if I say so myself!), and we brought our message to millions of people, with an overwhelmingly positive response.

Thank You GE2015

Moving On

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I think we're all still reeling from a very strange General Election campaign. And the result.

I'm really proud of what we have done. That we have got people involved in politics that would never thought they could. That we have put our ideas forward. That we have increased our visibility.

We've gained a lot of respect in this campaign.

It was always going to be difficult fighting our corner for civil liberties, digital rights and a new kind of politics when the pressure was to squeeze votes. Thanks to all our amazing activists for working to put the case for thinking differently.

I'm glad we've moved forward as a party since the last General Election. But it's clear we have more to do.

That's why I won't be putting my name forward for the next National Executive elections. So I will be stepping down from leading the Pirate Party UK. I'll be talking to the board about the best timetable for this.

General Election 2015: Do the pirates float your boat?

“They’re all the same”. “It doesn’t matter what I decide”. “My vote doesn’t matter anyway”

Sound familiar? If you’ve been paying any attention to the noise surrounding this general election then you’ve probably heard all of these sentiments before. You might even agree with them, as nearly 35% of voters didn’t turnout and put a cross on the ballot last time around.  

You would be forgiven in thinking that all politicians in the big parties are alarmingly similar. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are all privately educated, with only Farage not attending Oxbridge. On the other hand, the leader’s debates have exposed the country to some dynamic new female forces – Natalie Bennett for the Greens, Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru and Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP. After seeing Sturgeon’s success in the debates, the question ‘can I vote for SNP if I live in England?’ was one of the most widely searched on Google.  (read more at ForgeToday.com)

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 17:30

Why Pirate?

 

In 2010 I helped Tim Dobson campaign in Gorton. It was the first political campaign I had been involved in and it showed me how important the democratic process was in the UK. More importantly, it left me very aware at how under-represented I was in it.

I'd introduced Tim to open source software and had been a little involved in open source and open data projects, but never really as an activist. That changed rapidly..

As part of that campaign we asked whether people were pirates, whether they believed the same sort of things Tim did, whether they saw open government, transparency, civil liberties and digital rights as important.

The answer then, as it is now for many people was yes!

Since then I've worked within the party on organisation, policy, directed our crowd sourced policy initiative in 2012, designed and executed election campaigns and worked with our IT and campaigns team to deliver the tools we need to manage the party and campaign. It was hard work, but every time we hit a bump something would happen that would remind me why I was a pirate.

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