David A Elston

A Pirate and Two Police Candidates, Walk into a Church

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Crime is a big area of concern in my St Athan ward of Flemingston and Eglwys Brewis, particually on the East Camp development. However the Pirate Party has elected not to stand candidates in the PCC elections. From both a Pirate perspective it's important we still be involved in the political debate and as a Cllr I must represent the views and concerns of my ward.

To this end I hosted a Police and Crime Commssioner hustings event at The Gathering Place on East Camp. There were questions on hot-topics, questions from the press and questions from the audience.

 

Invited Candidates were:

Mike Baker; Independent

Judith Woodman; Liberal Democrat

Linet Purcell; Plaid Cymru (Cancelled - Apologised)

Timothy Davies; Conservative (No Reply)

Alun Michael; Labour Incumbent (No Reply)

 

 

What a Jeremy Hunt

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When Mr Hunt was asked on Sky News if he would have to take some responsibility if a patient died because of industrial action he said
 
"The people who are responsible for what is happening are the people who chose to strike."
 
A point I'd like to draw attention to during the interview between Eamonn Holmes and Jeremy Hunt is where Eamonn made the statement in response to Mr Hunt drawing attention to needing to save money
 
"Is that the reality? Of all the ways you could save money in the NHS, of all the people you could club... if you were going after the pharmaceutical companies who were making massive profits over medicines and things people might say 'well done'..."
 
Naturally this is a stance my fellow Pirates and I have been taking for some years. There is more than enough capacity even with the botched budgets from the Tories to provide doctors with a fair wage if Jeremy Hunt would simply implement reform on how the UK treats drug patents.
 

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.

Improvement Objectives Consultation Response

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I've been speaking with home owners, tenants and visitors to St Athan both in person and online and have written a response to the Vale of Glamorgan's consultation that reflects all the concerns put to me.

 

 

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Street Lights - Ask and you shall recieve

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Ever since the Vale of Glamorgan switched the lights off after midnight there have been mixed reactions. Some welcome the light not piercing through their bedroom windows any more, saving the public purse some pennies and of course, lowing our carbon footprint. However in less built up areas, there are real concerns over crime and road safety.

After receiving many concerns from the St Athan constituents, 29th March I wrote to the Vale of Glamorgan council to clarify the streetlight situation. They responded a week later with a lot of useful iformation; specifically what lights they are responcible for, where the lights are and who was involved in the decision making process.

The e-mail to me showed great deal of procedural steps were taken to try and ensure all bases were covered but I did notice a key demographic missing - the people who live in St Athan.

I have circulated the map and key of the street lighting situation but also responded to the Business & Technical Officer for Visible Services and Transport asking if there is any way we can have a review of the area now that the lighting has been practiced for over a year.

 

Open Letter to Peter Black AM

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Today a Liberal Democrat leaflet came through my door along with details of the local "Lib-Dem Team". Amoungst the names I noticed a Counillor that failed to be elected as a Conservatives some years ago, so stood as an independent for the community council. He has now joined the Liberal Democrats all in the space of just a few years.

In responce to his leaflet, here is my open letter to Welsh Liberal Democrat; Peter Black AM.

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Hello Peter

Much to my regret I cannot give the Lib-Dems any of my votes.

While the Lib Dems seem to express a distance from their former coalition
partners, the Conservatives, I feel actions speak louder than words. The Lib
Dems in Bridgend have taken in a defector, former Conservative now Liberal
Democrat councillor and I believe this still shows a strong link between Lib
Dems and the Tories.

While I understand a by-election is not required by the EC, I think it is very
telling that a by-election was not called, perhaps given that your party, the
Lib Dems do not think their mandate is different enough from the

St Athan Community Council Co-option

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Hello fellow Pirates

Yesterday I was successful in my co-option on to the St Athan Community Council. It was proposed to the Council in February and I was voted in at the March meeting.

St Athan is a place that matters a great deal to me. My business is there, my partner is in the middle of purchasing her first house there, my grandfather and other family members have lived there and were rather popular in the community.

It is becoming an increasingly sought after place to live and certainly to return to. Many of the residents went to the same schools as I did and consider it a good area. I also find my own tenants are returning to St Athan as their real "home".

I wanted this co-option to be as transparent as possible. I disclosed my party, my union, had a meeting with the other councillors where my skills, knowledge and aims were all brought out into the open.

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

Leader's Update: 2016 - Call to Action

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Hello fellow Pirates!

Happy New Year to you and apologies that you've not heard from the party in a while. As I am sure that you realise with a number of people stepping down from the NEC without people stepping up to replace them, it left a void at the top of the party for the last few months. However, with a New Year comes a New Start - and as a party we appear to have done that classic tech admin thing of 'turn it off and turn it back on again' with a fair degree of success.

As far as members go - we have beaten our previous high and as of 31-Dec had over 760 members - so thanks to each and every one of you for supporting the party and getting involved. One of our plans for the year ahead is to have a much more distributed workload and to utilise volunteers much more - having a distributed support means that we really need to use that to our advantage, so get in touch to see how you can get involved.

One of the ways in which to get involved is to join the NEC, the group which coordinates and plans the work of the party. There are vacancies in a number of roles:

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