George Walkden

TTIP antithetical to Pirate Party values

Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 12:15

Due to the continued secrecy around the Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) many around the UK do not yet understand how dangerous such a deal is and the ways in which it would impact them.

A day of action took place yesterday and representatives of the Pirate Party attended the 38 Degrees Anti-TTIP demonstration in Salford & Eccles to drag these negotiations into the light.

UK government outlines plans for supercharged surveillance powers

THE UK GOVERNMENT has announced the return of the Snoopers' Charter in the form of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which it describes as "new legislation to modernise the law on communications data".

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 15:15

Tory Queen's Speech - Human Rights Chaos

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 12:15

The Queen has set out the proposed legislation by the first Conservative majority government for nearly twenty years.

Attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with a British Bill of rights have been delayed, breaking David Cameron's promise that this would happen in the first 100 days of the new parliament. Removing the HRA has run in to problems of opposition within the Conservative party and because it is written into devolution deals.

Measures to combat extremism, a new law on communications data, and changing the ability to strike were announced.

A Q&A with George Walkden on a referendum UK's membership of the EU

Right now, Pirate Party candidates are being asked about their positions on everything from their views on shale gas and union membership through to immigration and the UK's role in the EU.  Its great to see so many people interested in what the Pirate Party has to offer in elections and what our candidates think, and want to achieve.  One question comes up more often than others and that is whether the UK should hold a referendum on its membership of the EU.  It was an issue that came up again and again when we discussed policy as a party and it is an issue that so many people in the UK are talking about.

Of course both the UK's membership of the EU and whether we have a referendum is a matter for the Westminster Parliament.  Those elected in the upcoming EU Parliament elections aren't in a position to change the UK's relationship with the EU at all, that is something our MPs are responsible for.  But since it is an important issue we wanted to make sure our candidates views are clear.  

To reiterate the Party's position from the 2012 manifesto: We believe that a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU should be offered to voters in the UK, and that such a referendum should include the option for the UK to pull out of the EU and negotiate its own agreements with the EU as a whole or with individual member states.  

Vote for more Pirates in the European Parliament

The Pirate Party will be standing in the upcoming May 22nd European Parliament elections in the North West region.  

You can support the campaign by getting involved in the North West, or Nationally - We also need to fund the campaign, so donate if you can - see our crowdfunding effort here: http://www.pozible.com/project/180266.

First on the Pirate Party North West list is Maria Aretoulaki. She runs her own IT consultancy as well as being a dubstep DJ and promoter. Born in Greece, Dr Aretoulaki speaks 4 languages and has lived in 3 different EU countries. Next on the list are George Walkden, lecturer in linguistics at Manchester University and Pirate Party Manchester organiser and Europe spokesperson Jack Allnutt.

We are campaigning for the UK to be a part of positive change in the EU- for a more transparent and democratically accountable Europe, for a Europe that is right for all of us. We have been calling for a referendum on Britain's EU membership since 2012, because we want people to have their say - and we will be campaigning to show that the UK is a vital part of the EU. 

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 10:00

Prospective EU Candidate: George Walkden

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I'm a lecturer and researcher in linguistics at the University of Manchester, where I've been working since receiving my PhD in 2012. Before that I studied French and German, and lived and worked briefly in Germany in the (justifiably) much-reviled pharmaceutical industry. My main policy interests are, unsurprisingly, in issues surrounding access to knowledge: the costs of higher education, the dangers of digital exclusion, language policy, and open access to academic research.


 I've been active in promoting the latter for some time now, and founded a no-fees open access e-journal in 2011. I look forward to the opportunity to stand as a candidate, and will bring my administrative, public speaking, language and research skills to the team.As regards Europe, though I am pro-referendum as a consequence of my belief in direct democracy, I think the evidence indicates that membership of the EU is beneficial to its citizens. Nevertheless, I am deeply sceptical about the level of transparency and democracy in EU institutions: for instance, the ongoing central role of the unelected European Commission is not acceptable in a 21st-century EU. 

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