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Friday, 27 February, 2015 - 10:15

Today George Osborne has announced plans to give the Greater Manchester region control of its £6 billion NHS budget. This follows the announcement of the so-called #DevoManc deal transferring powers to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which is not directly elected.

NHS England has issued a ...

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Latest Amendments to the Party Constitution Pass

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After being put to member vote the results for the latest amendments to the Party constitution are now available. Members voted in favour of accepting all of the proposed amendments and the new Constitution is now available.

As an immediate consequence of these amendments the following must occur:

Privacy, digital rights and social equality.

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I attended the Manchester ORG meetup tonight; the first meetup of 2015 chaired by the head of ORG, Jim Killock. The subject was a topic dear to my heart: Dragnet Internet Surveillance, and how it affects all of us.  An easy thing to focus on when discussing mass surveillance is the "needle in a haystack" approach that is so favoured by the current Home Office, and all those that have come before: The idea that "they" are not reading your email, "they" are only looking for bad actors in amongst that sea of information. This response tackles the issue at far, far too high a level: The question isn't whether an individual's email is or is not being read; the underlying issue is that people are forced to change their behaviour on the basis that they may be being watched. That is a direct attack on everyone's liberty.

Think Different? Vote Different.

Speaker: 
Loz Kaye, Pirate Party Leader
Talk Date: 
Saturday, 21 February, 2015
Talk Location: 
Studio 202, Islington Mill
James Street
Manchester
M3 5HW
United Kingdom

This Year's Conference

It's clear that the Pirate Party is needed more than ever. That our brand of politics which is not afraid to be controversial is an antidote to the grey identikit types that dominate UK mainstream parties. From mass surveillance, restoring confidence in our broken democracy, making politics something everyone can take part in, challenging international agreements that threaten our freedoms, we're dealing with issues that the others aren't.

Time to put mental health front and centre for this year's general election

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Mental healthcare in the UK is in desperate need of support. According to a 2001 report by the Office of National Statistics, one in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and one in six experiences this at any given time. It's not just about quality of life, either: people are dying. Mortality rates in under-75s suffering from severe mental illness are a shocking three times as high as those in the rest of the population, with a premature mortality rate of fifteen to twenty years. Suicide is the leading cause of death among men under 50 in England and Wales, as well as one of the leading causes overall.

Andy Halsall : Let's make being 'Wrong on Rights' unelectable

When it comes to the clash between surveillance and civil liberties, it seems the fight is still very much on. It's a war we have to win and with the General Election looming, making the case that mass surveillance and privacy should be important issues for voters is pretty vital.

Happily, on that score, there have been a number of developments that might just help us move the debate forward.

On Monday, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Europe’s top rights body published a report that shows that it believes mass surveillance is a significant threat to human rights.  That's good news for anyone hoping to see a rolling back of the surveillance state.

The report recognises what the Pirate Party and others have been saying for years about the threat of mass surveillance. Like us, it did not shy away from discussing the disclosures made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden:

“The disclosures have provided compelling evidence of the existence of far-reaching, technologically advanced systems put in place by US intelligence services and their partners in certain Council of Europe member states to collect, store and analyse communication data, including content, location and other metadata, on a massive scale”

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