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2018: Looking Ahead

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Vote ZAP

I have been on the NEC since late 2016, during my time I have helped transform our IT team and reduce costs from nearly £300 a month to just shy of £160. The money saved is now being used to promote and support the party and its aims. You can see my current responsibilities here:

https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/party/how-we-work/party-organisation

What I have done in 2016/2017 Election Period

·         Organised the Birmingham meetup to increase engagement

·         Assisted in the GE preparation and supported a candidate at his count

·         Worked within the IT team to drive transformation

·         Lots of back office admin stuff that no one sees but is very important to the central running of the party.

 

What I Plan to do in 2017/2018
 

A new politics needs a new parliament

Garry Kitchin's picture

 

 

 

"Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!"

My nomination for the position of Nominating Officer for the PPUK

Garry Kitchin's picture

I joined the Pirate Party UK recently, after many months of looking at the party with increasing interest.

Society has moments of great change, where technology drives a radical shift. Such moments include the Agricultural and Industrial revolutions. The way people lived changed, affecting work, leisure and family life. While the changes were beneficial in the long term, it took time to ensure that people's rights were protected. The excesses of the capitalists, who used the changes to increase their wealth, needed checking , and people needed to reassert their rights and fair working conditions.

We are in a new digital age, and society is altering very quickly. Our digital rights, something that until recently weren't even conceived of, are becoming the new frontier for our human rights. So much of our private and work lives are now online. Our relationships frequently occur online. Our sensitive personal and financial data isn't locked in a drawer or safe, it's stored on computer servers across the world.

Standing down but not walking away

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Did anybody catch the last three years? I blinked.

I’ve been a member of the Pirate Party UK since 2014. In that time I’ve stood in seven different elections, held four different positions and…

...as I type this I feel, this isn’t what anyone is interested in. We’ve all contributed to the party substantially and no one need list their contributions. To each of us, we gave something of great importance and at times, we no doubt questioned if we could afford to, but we did so willingly anyway.

I’ll always be tremendously grateful to everyone who found the courage to band together on what some may describe as a journey but at times felt more like a siege to protect our liberties.

St Athan Road Safety E-Mail Complaint

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Subject: St Athan Road Safety
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:18:22 +0100
From: David A Elston <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]

 

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council

Last year you will no doubt be aware of the press hits in the local papers, the demonstrations with teachers and pupils of the local schools which included a police escort, the video footage published online and the information gathered from the survey from the Community Council. I believe a petition also took place, all in relation to road safety in St Athan.

Regrettably, despite the police calling the roads "not safe" and all the above, improvements to the roads were never made.

Why I joined the Pirate Party

Garry Kitchin's picture

Today I joined the Pirate Party.

Since 1992 I have been politically active, firstly with Labour, and then the Green Party. This journey has involved standing in local elections on numerous occasions, and even being  a Parliamentary Candidate.  So why I did join the Pirate Party?

It has become abundantly clear to me that society is progressing at a fast rate, where the role of technology is becoming critical. Every part of our lives has changed, and set to change further and faster. The very nature of work, society and everyday life is being tranformed to operating on a digital platform.

The other political parties are simply way behind the curve about this reality. The 'Corbyn's Socialism' vs 'Theresa May's  Capitalism' is debate about the past, not the future. They have no answers to the issues of today and the next few decades. They are wedded to the past.

Pirate book review: Utopia for realists

"We need to be unrealistic, unreasonable, and impossible."

How politics has become a management problem

Politics is for people with vision. People who aspire to push the boundaries of our society and make us greater than ever before. People who truly believe in something and will strive to get it leading us all into a better and happier world.

Sadly a politician is someone quite different. A politician is someone who sees the only GDP, crime statistics and average life expectancy. Currently, a key point on a manifesto will be a slight rise in income tax for the rich or a 0.7% GDP aid budget, nothing - special. Yes, these things have impacts but realistically we have managed to turn politics from something for great visionaries into a problem of management.

Microchips?

Reccently there has been talk online and in the media about implantable RFID chips. The reason for this is that a US company asked if its employee's would like to have a chip fitted, 50 of them agreed and are now able to open doors, operate printers, and buysnacks all with the wave of a hand. However this caused a massive backlash with people saying it was a slippery slope and soon people will be tracked with these chips, some said that the employees where being spied on, some even claimed that people who consent to these chips are no longer human. However very little has been said on the benifits of this technology, so in this blog i will set out the potential uses of this powerfull technology and also explain that how (very mcuh like the internet) it will both be one of the greatest changes of our time and one of the most dangerous.

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