Mark Chapman

From the Flying Dutchman to Piratenpartij, Pirates in The Netherlands are making Waves

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 - 14:15

The coupling of a proportional representation electoral system and the steadfast campaigning of the Dutch Pirate Party means that there is a very real chance of seeing a Pirate elected to the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) with a second Pirate being an outside possibility.

Mark Chapman : "Crackdown on illegal downloading"

#STEMPiratenPartij - With 1 week till polling day, let's support the Dutch Pirates

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As I mentioned in a blogpost back in November - the Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday of next week (15th March) and we are looking to make sure that the Dutch Pirates (Piratenpartij) make it into the House of Representatives - securing at least 1 seat and hopefully more.

The way in which the Dutch voting system works with Proportional Representation across the country means that you are trying to get your message spread as far and wide across the country as a whole - there is no 'targetting' of very local areas as we have in the UK. It means that a digital social media campaign has the potential to be very effective as you are trying to reach as many people as possible, but requires that people actually follow through and cast a vote for you, rather than just hit 'Like' on Twitter.

Press Hit: Victoria Derbyshire BBC Daily News "Crackdown on illegal downloading"

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Pirate Party Spokesperson, Mark Chapman answers questions on BBC2 on piracy and ISPs issuing warning/educational letters to Pirates.

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017 - 09:45

A Year In Review

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 (All day)

Ahoy Pirates,

As we start the New Year - we thought a Member's Update - looking at the Year past and the Year ahead was in order...

A Year in Review

So earlier in the Year we got our first Pirate representative in any level of government; 1st March 2016 (St David's Day) was when David Elston was co-opted onto the St Athan Community Council. He has been an effective advocate for Pirate policies on the council, in particular trying to increase the levels of transparency and openness to the local community.

Your Government has failed you

Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 23:15

Today we have heard the saddening news that the IP Bill has been through the 3rd and final reading in Parliament, and is now subject only to Royal Assent. In short, it is now inevitable that the bill will become law. That such an intrusive bill can become law, supported by both major parties, is a saddening indictment of the current state of politics.

 

Pirate Party Spokesperson for Young People, Michael Moriarty said:

David Elston : #BeThePirate / Channel Intro

New channel intro for the Pirate Party UK on youtube.

What is the Pirate Party?

Iceland's parliamentary elections could propel the radical centrist Pirate Party into global mainstream politics.

Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 09:30

"Terrorist house" boy: Pirate Party calls to scrap Prevent law

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 - 13:00

The Pirate Party is gravely concerned that a 10-year-old Muslim boy at a primary school in Lancashire was investigated by police on suspicion of terrorism for making a simple spelling error in an essay, and calls for a change in the law.

Mark Chapman, Pirate Party justice spokesperson, said:

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