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Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 21:30

No, it's not the title of the latest Zelda game. The #SaveTheLink campaign has been pushing to keep the internet a free place to express ourselves after the EU Commission proposed a new EU Copyright Directive...

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Happy Councillor new Year

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Last night was the council's AGM (and my first one), which took place between 19:15 and 19:30. Cllr David Crompton stood down as Chairperson and Deputy Cllr Ann Barnaby was elected unanimously as the new Chairperson.


I was also elected to be the Deputy Vale of Glamorgan Community Liaison, taking over from Cllr Steve Haines.


Following that our usual meeting took place from 19:30.


We briefly discussed the brown site development of the Old Boys Village which has become a popular Urbex site. I say briefly because everyone who spoke on the matter was simply in support of the site's development, save concerns over the lane giving access to the housing. The site is to be mostly dismantled apart from the iconic Church and Caretaker's hut to allow new homes to be built. I am very delighted this application was made and wholly support it. Some details-for-joy are:

A Pirate in Local Government – An Interview with David Elston

Pirate Times decided to ask David A Elston a few questions about his recent work on St Athan Community Council, his view of Pirate Party UK, and what he sees as some of the most exciting developments in the Pirate Party movement around the world.

Monday, 18 April, 2016 - 10:45

A Pirate's First Month in Government

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It is surprising how much you can learn in a month.

Most notably, last night in my first prepped council meeting, I seconded a motion for the northern access road into St Athan to have to abide by EIA Regulations, in which event it would be necessary for the application to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES). The road is for the St Athan Enterprise Zone. The statement from Welsh Ministers gave the opinion an Environmental Statement was not required and it did not have to abide by EIA Regulations, despite the road running 1.8km through Green Belt fields and multiple hedgeways.

Evidence-based policy? Only if it fits with your preconceptions

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From May, a new clause will be slipped in to all government grant agreements, preventing public funding from being used to lobby the government. While the clause is aimed at quangos, it will also affect charities, and - crucially - academic research. As David Nutt puts it in yesterday's Guardian, this move is an attempt to "limit scientific outputs to those that support its policies". 

This is not just a slap in the face to evidence-based policy. It could be a deathblow.

Leader's Update: #SaferInternetDay 2016

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#SaferInternetDay is a mixed day for Pirates. Of course it's important to stay safe online but often promoting safety online gets muddied with discouraging people to use emerging technologies for fear something bad might happen.


We take risks both online and offline. Should we really treat our online lives any differently? As we all know, there are a variety of ways we can keep ourselves safe online and the Pirate Party has been campaigning hard for over six years to protect our right to essential practices like encryption and anonymity.


Let's all share ways of being safe online and remember the purpose of this; we want to be safe so that we can enjoy our digital environment.


I continue to offer my full support to anyone who would offer us increased protection online without infringing on our freedoms or civil liberties.


Stay safe out there


David A Elston

Pirate Party Deputy Leader

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