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

Tag Manchester City Centre

Edward Snowden Mural in Manchester

A new addition to Manchester's Northern Quarter - a mural of mass surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden. This is painted by Sarah Lynn Mayhew of SLM art, Mancunian Matters reported on her interest in sparking debate. It certain has done that as well as lifting the area.

 

Row over Council Village Opening Hour Crackdown

A major spat has broken out on Manchester Council proposals to hit the Gay Village with closing restrictions. The LGBT community hub could get the city's first ever Early Morning Restriction Orders. The idea is supposedly to curb crime even though they admit crime is falling. The plans contained in a council report have left Canal Street and surrounding businesses feeling unfairly targeted, and a they have launched a petition to stop restrictions on peoples' night out. This debate poses diff...
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Thank you. And this is just the beginning.

A huge thankyou to everyone who put their cross next to the Pirate flag in the local elections in Manchester. This took us to the party's best ever result. Loz Kaye polled 5% of the vote in Bradford ward ("holding the deposit") and beat the Liberal Democrats. So it's clear we can beat a party of government if we work hard enough. Maria Aretoulaki polled 3% in City Centre and beat UKIP who have been making a lot of noise about how they are on the rise. Tim Dobson also polled 3% In Ancoats and ...
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“The Pirate Party is a ‘Single-issue Party’ – Oh really??!

We at the UK Pirate Party are trying to make "politics" relevant to the local people, rather than limiting it to age-old rivalries between "us" and "them", "Manchester / Edinburgh / Glasgow" and "London", "the UK" and "Europe" or "the world". I am not an Orator, but like all my colleagues at the Pirate Party I know how to listen and empathise, and only afterwards decide what is important to the locals (as opposed to what is important for a Party Board of Governors). We hope to make this clear by...
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The Independent on Sunday: Pirate Party & A New vision of grassroots politics

The Manchester Pirates and myself got a brief mention in the Independent on Sunday today (29 Apr 2012). In the article entitled: "Local elections: Labour hopes to gain if it's a dismal night for Lib Dems", the Pirate Party is referred to in the context of a "New vision of grassroots politics" to counteract voter apathy. ...  a new wave of foreign-born candidates in an attempt to breathe new life into town halls across the country. scores of "foreigners" are trying to inspire British-bo...
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Manchester Pirate Party interview on Manchester Confidential

Manchester Confidential 's Ragnhildur Finsdottir approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked me a few questions on the Pirate Party and why I'm standing at the local elections for Manchester City Centre (next Thursday 3rd May).  Here is the link to the article "The Pirate Party UK And The Digital Battleground" that got published yesterday, and below is the full interview in a Q & A format: What do you hope to get from these elections? I want a seat on the Manchester City Coun...
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Manchester Local Elections 2012: Vote Pirate!

The Manchester Local Elections are upon us! They are taking place all day long on Thursday 3 May 2012 with polling stations being open from 7 in the morning to 10 in the evening (so no excuse not to go out and vote!).    Here are some facts and How-Tos on this year's elections:   Candidates Standing in the 3 May Manchester Local Election 2012 http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/362/elections/4981/upcoming_election_news_in_manchester_2012/6     PIRATES   ...
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“Democracy is something that happens to other people”

A couple of years ago,  at the 2010 General Elections, everyone was shocked and abhorred that the BNP took 4% of the votes. "Who voted for those fascists?!" and "Where is our Democracy going?" were among the things people were shouting about. And yet only 47% of Mancunians actually went out to vote! This means that 53% stayed at home implying that "Democracy is something  that happens to other people"! Many of them say they are "not interested in Politics", "Politics is boring", "All Politicians...
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ACTA or Throwing out the Baby with the Bathwater

For some time  now I have been following the furore and the various (counter)arguments surrounding the infamous ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement): " a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement", one of which relates to "copyright infringement on the Internet". Now the protection of intellectual property rights is very noble in itself, but the way it is being put into context, defined, interpreted, pursu...
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