I'd like to put myself forward as a candidate for election to the Board of Governors.
I'm brand spanking new to the Pirate Party; so I haven't had time yet to lose my good standing as a member. What brought me to the Pirate movement is a long story, which I've provided a link to in my bio. My 'newness' might be my biggest asset as a Board member, since I'll be bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the Party and will therefore be able to contribute a perspective to the Board's 'oversight' role that hasn't been 'corrupted' by familiarity (if you know what I mean!).
From what I've seen so far it seems to me that PPUK has come a long way in a short time and has to some extent become a victim of its own success. It seems to rely too heavily on a relatively small number of committed and dedicated individuals to carry out the ambitious tasks it's set itself, and is at great risk of 'crashing' as it overreaches its present capacity. To avoid this and continue growing, the Party perhaps needs to focus on consolidating its achievements so far and building its capacity in preparation for the next big push: increasing its visibility; building its membership; raising awareness of the issues it campaigns on and their importance; cultivating its credibility among voters as a serious alternative to a way of doing politics with which the public is becoming increasingly disenchanted; most importantly, not sacrificing its core values to political expediency.
One of the key roles of a Governor is to act as a kind of guardian of the Party's core values, making sure that these are not compromised in the day-to-day conduct of party business and of its activism. You don't have to look far in British politics to find parties who have lost their moral compass - one of the main reasons that the public has become so cynical and disengaged from political life. I reckon that, as a Governor, I could make a decent fist of helping the party build its capacity and keep it from veering off course as it sets sail into what promises to be an exciting political future.