As you have already heard from the Nominations team, the party has voted on PPI membership. The decision and the discussion about the vote has indicated both that we need to engage with PPI and to improve how the PPI works. The result of the vote is clear, we will remain and ordinary Member of the PPI.
This vote means that for the first time we know we are acting on the basis of what our members want in this area. We will do that to the best of our abilities.
As I said at the start of this vote - we need to work on cooperation. Doing this through the PPI isn't the easiest way, but as it turns out, the Pirate movement is one that generally doesn't take the easy option, but aims for the right outcome.
We now have to get behind the PPI, deal with the bigger issues and help it be the best organisation it can be.
It is a lofty goal, but the decision we have made together is the right one. The next step is to identify the practical issues and then find real, lasting solutions. The Campaigns team is currently responsible for international coordination and we will need help to provide support to the PPI on structural issues as well as helping them do the very important work that we need them to do.
Happily, the reports that came in to the party from PPI board members mean we have identified many of of the issues that need to be dealt with. There is no good reason why together we shouldn't be able to fix these problems and begin to make the changes that so many of you as well as other PPI members and officers have said they want.
So what I would like to do is build a proper international team to coordinate this effort. We will need to set out the budget for that and, with your help, build a group of people willing and able to work with PPI at home and abroad, help them improve their transparency, define budgets and priorities and help them meet them.
If you can support this effort, I'd like you to contact us at [email protected] and let us know what you can do to help.