The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

Tag City Centre

The Right To Protest

Like cities across the UK Manchester has seen protests about the current crisis unfolding in Gaza. As a city and citizens, what we do is connected to the rest of the world, and of course that includes what happens in our city centre and how we shop. Manchester's Labour council has chosen to react to this not by taking on Mancunians' concerns, but by ramping up spin against protests. The pressure was to abandon speaking out. Chief Constable Peter Fahy made ridiculous claims that the city centr...
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Manchester Labour Break “Zombie” Carpark Pledge

The blight of shoddy parking facilities that many residents have complained about continues in Manchester city centre. Despite pledging to oppose so-called “zombie carparks” Manchester Labour approved a further 6 months for the controversial Oxford Road site, on land formerly occupied by the BBC. This goes completely against council policies such as transport strategy which is meant to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, promoting sustainable transport, requiring good design and en...
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July Meetup

Let's meet and chat about current affairs and how they affect normal citizens, including civil liberties, digital rights, internet filters and censorship, individual privacy vs public security, British Politics, EU Politics, the forthcoming General Elections, and anything else each of us likes. Time- Sunday 27th July 5PM to 7PM Venue- Bar Eight Unit 1, Middle Warehouse, Castle Quay, M15 4NT, Manchester  

 

Success as Councillors Forced to Act on #BetterBroadband

Ever since we started campaigning in the centre of Manchester we have been highlighting the importance of everyone being able to take part in the digital revolution and working for world class infrastructure in our city. In particular back in 2012 we were calling for both homes and businesses to be included in fibre rollouts right the way through. It's good to see that now Manchester's politicians have finally caught up a bit of the way to what the city needs and have admitted that the sta...
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Beetham Tower HUMMMMMMMMM

Manchester was filled with the sound of an incessant irritating droning again this week. No, not the latest from the council executive, but the unearthly vibrating hum of the Beetham Tower fin which howls in high winds. Some people have come to accept this sound which could be mistaken for a prelude to alien invasion. However it really is quite annoying for many, particularly for residents close by, and it can be heard right through large parts of the city. It feels a bit typical of how devel...
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Focus on Canal Safety

City Centre and Ancoats residents have become increasingly worried following a number of recent deaths and incidents along the city's canals. Neither the council nor the police have really acted to reassure people following some alarmist press reporting. We have been taking practical steps- we had already pointed out that lighting along the Ashton Canal by Piccadilly has not been maintained. This has created some unnecessary dark patches on what is now a major route for people walking through...
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Cannabis Cafe Debate

Reports by the Manchester Evening News that campaigner Colin Davies is to open a “cannabis cafe” in the Northern Quarter has certainly kicked off a debate in the city. It has always been the Pirate Party's point of view that policy on drugs needs to be driven by evidence, and not hysteria. It's vital that it becomes an issue of health policy, not policing. Loz Kaye debated the case with a city centre councillor in the Manchester Evening News – link here.

 

Xmas Meetup :)

Last chance to meet in 2013 before everyone goes away for Xmas / NY on 22nd December 2pm. We thought we'd try the John Rylands Library cafe but it closes at 4.30pm on a Sunday so we'll have to move to somewhere else afterwards if we are so inclined (and we usually are :)) Address: The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH

 

Privacy…

 

Council ‘Spy Pads’ Come to Manchester

Council backed Minority Report style ad boards have hit Manchester City Centre streets. When the MiGuide wayfinder scheme was announced it was revealed that “Facial recognition technology built into the screens will enable advertisers to target ads based on the age and gender of users”. Far from finding this creepy, council boss Richard Leese said “these interactive screens are intelligent tools on our streets” as if a new invasion of our privacy was something to be proud of. It is beyond ...
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