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Smacking Ban Law

David Elston's picture

This time two years ago the smacking ban law plan for Wales was dropped and we were left with the rather ambiguous decision that if you smacked a child, it was permitted by the state so long as you did not leave a mark - which is rather subjective as certain skin colours show different degrees of markings and some parts of the body can be dealt a large degree of pain without any obvious physical marks. The smacking ban has intermittently appeared in debates for years and the assembly always considers flexing what little legislative power it has to simply ban it.

From the suburbs - Hertfordshire - Welwyn Garden City

Matt Purser's picture

Hello, 

I've been a member since 2015, but more lurking in the background checking it out as all felt a little too chaotic to get involved with to any great extent and to be perfectly frank I didn't really know what I could add at that point so didn't add to the noise!

To briefly explain a little about myself by way of an introduction...

Work: I spent 20ish years in Corporate running various IT/Web based departments mainly web based development projects, Churchill.com probably the best known. I now run a Web Development Agency, www.breaddigital.co.uk, we work primarily through third party agencies as a white labelled resource and do everything from website builds, eCommerce builds, Digital Marketing, Email marketing, Hosting etc and everything in between. We're in our 9th year as a business now and growing at a decent pace, everybody needs nerds!

New Beginnings

David Elston's picture

Hello fellow Pirates

I hope you all had Merry Christmas and a happy new year - thankfully it seems this Pirate didn't it on to Santa's naughty list this time around and I wasn't left with just coal.

Pirates across Europe... What can we expect in 2017?

Mark Chapman's picture

As we start a New Year - time for a quick look ahead at the wider political situation for Pirates across Europe.

PiratenPartij - Dutch Elections in March

As I mentioned a few months back the Dutch Pirates are up and running in their campaign to secure their first elected representative(s) to the Dutch Parliament. The election will take place in March, but the campaign for all parties is now in full flow and the most recent Opinion Poll shows the Pirates getting a single seat. This is a positive start for Ancilla van der Leest and the Piratenpartij given the greater media exposure that other parties benefit from. They will really want to secure and build on that level of support as the campaign proper gets underway.

Parti Pirate - French Legislative Elections in June

Sir Ivan Rogers, UK's ambassador to the EU quits

Jason Halsey's picture

Sir Ivan, the man who would play a main role in the negotiations with the EU during the UKs extraction has resigned, sending a 1400-word thank you letter to his staff setting out his problems with why he felt his position was untenable and the current Governments position with regards to leaving the EU.

He begins his letter reminding the team that he was due to leave later this year

“As most of you will know, I started here in November 2013. My four-year tour is therefore due to end in October - although in practice if we had been doing the Presidency my time here would have been extended by a few months.

As we look ahead to the likely timetable for the next few years, and with the invocation of Article 50 coming up shortly, it is obvious that it will be best if the top team in situ at the time that Article 50 is invoked remains there till the end of the process and can also see through the negotiations for any new deal between the UK and the EU27.

It would obviously make no sense for my role to change hands later this year.

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