The Rise of the Welsh Pirates

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I'm about to show you just how huge 106 votes are. The first Pirate Pioneers in the UK did not always poll in triple figures, this time every candidate did... but before we get into that, let's reflect on what happened at The Count on election night for the first Welsh Pirate election, in Bridgend.

There is no denying there was always a strong undertone in Bridgend that “If we don't vote Labour then the Tories will get in” and many Pirate voters originally expressed the same concern to me. While Labour winning in Bridgend is certainly not a victory for us Pirates, it is undeniably better than having a parachuted in Conservative candidate, which is more than many other constituencies in the UK woke up to on the 8th. The incumbent MP also took the time to speak with me as did her son and I have been invited to talk about the Pirate Party at Bath University.

The Plaid Cymru Candidate had a really good 2,784 (7.1%) Vote, which is a 1.1% increase. James was also a very likeable person and we shared a laugh over how we both had long hair and unavoidably met the odd person that would always say “I can't vote for him, he needs a haircut”.

General Election 2015: A pirate, a cannabis campaigner and the voice of apathy - the candidates you may not have seen

Beyond the major parties, there are a host of candidates fighting for issues close to their hearts at this General Election

The Pirate Party was the first in the UK to crowd-source its manifesto, gathering policies from all those who submitted them.

Their primary policy, shared with other Pirate Parties in various countries like Sweden and Germany, is the reform of copyright and patent laws.

That aside, the party claims it wants to bring democracy closer to the people and make policy that works.. (Read more on


Sunday, 26 April, 2015 - 12:00

Spycops – The Mass Surveillance From Within

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We are constantly monitored, CCTV, speed cameras, red light cameras, phone hacking, wire tapping, e-mail monitoring, text snooping... and yet the Government need to know more about us.

Enter the human manifestation of mass surveillance, the Spycop.

Yesterday I saw the protest outside Cardiff Central Police Station where song, speeches and poems, (one poem involving a goat – well, this is Wales after all) were shared.

The protest was completely peaceful and despite the seriousness of the allegations and deep understanding the damage spycops breed, spirits were high and voices strong.

I was handed a flyer at the gathering that spelt out exactly why everyone was there:

The groups infiltrated were not Al-Quida or IS collaborators but instead peaceful movements. Amongst those monitored were anti-capitalists, anarchists, environmentalists and animal rights activists.

Pirate Party Candidate for Bridgend!... Me!

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Hello Wales and hello Bridgend! My name is David; your newest PPC and together we can put a Pirate in Parliament!

Digital Freedoms

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Recently a piece I wrote featured in the Daily Wales. More call for home governance for Wales is growing each day. This is what I had to say regarding digital freedoms:

Standing for Governor

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Hello everyone

I plan to stand as a Pirate Party Governor.

Here is a little about me and what I believe will be useful to the party...

Even before I was old enough to vote, I have been politically active. I have been a student representative in college and a committee member of a society in University as well as having different team representative roles in the range jobs I've had in my life so far. Being a conduit for the concerns and suggestions of those I represent while anticipating future problems is nothing new to me! I have a feast of varying qualifications, in Computing, Team Leading/Management, Psychology and... well, a bunch of other things but perhaps more importantly I'm now a successful self-employed Landlord, with plenty of free time for the Pirate Party.

Pirate Spokesperson for Wales

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Hello fellow Pirates

I wish to express my intention to stand for the Pirate Party Wales Spokesperson, speaking on behalf of the Pirates based in Wales.

I will most certainly follow up this blog with further information - but if you have any questions, fears, worries, objections or concerns, please get in touch!

(Blessings are also welcome!)

Thank you

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