Policy

Scored on policy by 38 Degrees

We've been fighting the European Parliamentary Elections on policy, so it was great to be contacted by 38 Degrees about our positions on a range of issues, we responded, but I thought you might like to read a little bit more about how 38 Degrees arrived at their score card and of course what we said!

The process

In the run up 150,000 38 Degrees members were asked to vote on the issues that were their top priorities for the EU Election. The issues were put together by 38 degrees and included campaign topics and suggestions from their membership. The result of the vote there were six issues that 38 Degrees members wanted to prioritise, these were:

  • protecting our public services and environment from TTIP (The Trans-atlantic trade and Investment Partnership).
  • protecting our Bees from poisonous pesticides
  • cracking down on tax-dodging
  • protecting our private data through stronger rules on data protection
  • getting stronger employment rights for workers
  • getting stronger targets for reducing carbon emissions to protect our climate

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.  

Seeking Ruby Developers!

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We may have a new website, but that is just the start of our plans to open up politics.  In association with Lancaster University, we want to take the lessons we learnt in our "Policy Alpha" project which ran on reddit, twitter and elsewhere, and formed our manifesto in 2012, and take it to the next step: Policy Beta.

About Policy Beta

Policy Beta is our next big IT project.  We want to create a digital platform for citizens to network, generate ideas, debate issues, and vote on the policies that we will adopt.  It's going to be our way of deciding the Party's direction and with that, the pressure we put on government.  Policy Beta will do what we did manually in Policy Alpha back in 2011/12 and much more. It will be a custom fit, open source platform for crowdsourcing public policy.

But its not just for us: As a way of crowdsourcing ideas, Policy Beta will deal with the lack of participation in the way political parties and, indeed, modern democracies work when it comes to gathering ideas.  It will be an open source platform, which means anyone will be able to make use of it, extend it or help us to improve it.

We'd like you to join us and our partners at Lancaster University to get this project across the line.  Right now we are looking for developers, but as with our other large IT projects, there will be lots of stuff you can get involved with!

Net Policy

The digital revolution has changed social and economic structures throughout Europe; free and equal access to the internet is now a basic requirement for participation in civil society.

Citizens should have the option to access the Internet anonymously.

PIRATES wish to include the right of “digital participation” in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Net Neutrality

The principle of network neutrality must become European law to ensure strong incentives for investment, fair competition and equal treatment of everybody in the digital space.

International Trade Policy

Principles for Trade Agreements

PIRATES stipulate that in all negotiations of the European Union on trade agreements the following conditions must be met:

Patents

Patents in the Information Age

Patents mostly function as a deterrent to innovation rather than as an incentive. The patenting of knowledge in areas like genetics and biotechnology, as well as software, renders it a tangible threat to the future of our society.

Open Access and Open Data

Open Access

The results of any research funded, in whole or in part, by public money must be published in open access scientific journals or by other means which make them readily accessible to the general population for free.

Free Software, Free Culture and Free Knowledge

Free Software

PIRATES support the promotion of software that can be used, analysed, disseminated and modified by anyone. Free/Libre Open Source Software is essential for users' control of their own technical systems and provides a significant contribution to strengthening the autonomy and privacy of all users.

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