Three Pirate Rule

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At the PPUK conference yesterday, Rick Falkvinge explained PPSE's "Three Pirate Rule". In the finest Pirate tradition, we're copying it.

According to the Three Pirate Rule, if three party members agree that an idea is a good one, they don't need any further "permission" to get on and make it happen as an "official" PPUK activity.

There are only three exceptions to the Three Pirate Rule:

  1. Don't do anything illegal.

  2. You can't allocate party funds (although you can ask for them).

  3. You can't do anything in Northern Ireland, due to current law. If you're interested in doing stuff in Northern Ireland, please contact the NEC for more info.

The NEC receives a lot of requests from members to grant some sort of Official Stamp of Officialness to various initiatives. Hopefully, adopting this rule will make it unnecessary for people to make this sort of request.

Internal Party Elections

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As promised in the forums, we are holding elections for the party's officer roles this month.


While the officers were originally elected to serve a 2 year term, we all agreed that it would be good for the party for there to be be an opportunity to change direction if needed between the party's formation and the first election it takes part in. It is also good for us to have officers that are elected democratically by paid up party members, as opposed to the current situation where 2 of the 5 officers were elected by members of the forum before the party was officially registered, some of whom may now not be party members.




New Treasurer and Nominating Officer

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Congratulations to Peter Liddell and John Barron who were elected to be the new Party Treasurer and Nominating Officer respectively.  The detailed numbers on the votes cast can be seen at and

  Due to a glitch the polls closed earlier than planned.  However, I'm minded to call the results as they stood when the polls closed because both candidates won by comfortable margins.  

Elections for Treasurer and Nominating Officer

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Fellow Pirates, we are moving immediately to the first genuine internal elections for the party’s officers.  This follows the successful completion of the vote to ratify appointments to second-tier positions of responsibility (more on that below).  The vacant officer positions are Treasurer and Nominating Officer.  For the role of Treasurer, we have one nominee: Peter Liddell.  For Nominating Officer, there are two nominees: John Barron and Jeremy Morton.  As well as voting for the nominees, members also have the option to call for the reopening of nominations, or to abstain.  If any of the candidates gets a simple majority, they will be appointed.  If reopening of nominations gets the most votes in either election, there will be a fresh call for nominees and a re-run of that election.  Abstentions do not influence the result, but give members the opportunity to register their participation without expressing a preference.



Building a strong political party

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When we sent off our party registration form to the Electoral Commission less than a dozen weeks ago, we were all absolute beginners at running a political party. We elected 4 officers, because there were 4 officer jobs to be filled in on that form. We've come a very, very long way in a few short weeks, with more media coverage than we could have hoped for, and as officers, we've learned a lot about how a political party works. We've had our share of teething troubles, as you might expect from any group of volunteers, but we've learned a lot of lessons too, and we now have a much clearer picture of how much interest there is in the Pirate Party UK, and what needs to be done to turn this large group of  interested people into a fully functioning political party capable of contesting major elections ... and that's what I'm blogging about today.



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