Hello fellow Pirates
Welcome to our Internal Elections 2017 (or IE2017?). As nominations come in for the positions of Deputy Leader and Secretary, I'd like to encourage everyone to also consider standing for the positions of Treasurer, Nominations Officer and not forgetting, party Leader itself and encourage others to #BeThePirate
so they can take part and vote in these elections.
But enough plugging and on with my nomination.
For those of you who haven't heard me bang this drum yet; I feel I must first apologise, I have become one of those things we all seem to complain about - a politician! On St David's Day last year I became the first Pirate Party representative in any level of government, a Community Councillor for St Athan. Since then I've been involved in a lot of local events and I am currently, seemingly the main candidate in the local elections for 2017, hoping to reach County Council level but at a minimum retaining my Community Council seat. While I consider reaching this higher council seat unlikely, it will be good to see how our polling has changed over these 7 years. The party's vector of attack on elections has certainly changed. We used to be primarily raising awareness and trying to change the political landscape, which we have certainly achieved but now we're fighting for actual winnable seats on lower councils with the eventual goal of pushing into a higher council.
In short, while before we were more fighting against
the established parties, now we are fighting for
It is firstly because of this and secondly that more people have come forward as active volunteers to make this strategy become a reality that I feel I can now stand as Deputy Leader once more. That and I feel the semi-impulsive or reactionary side to my political approach has some what calmed. I'm perhaps less likely to make a John Prescott comment in reaction to a UKIP or Liberal Democrat supporter... but I do think it's still important to occasionally turn cannon on neighbouring political parties as nothing should be free from criticism but remember that the criticisms should be targeted at the party and less the party's membership.
If the vision of increasing Pirate Party representatives, starting from the bottom up, is a strategy you agree with then I would be grateful for your vote.
For more information on "Who is Dave?", here is my public facing Bio
, which contains my affiliations, political history and one of the only two good pictures ever taken of me.
aka Jason Winstanley is the only other nomination for Deputy Leader and he also deserves your consideration. Check his thread here
. We've both spoken and neither will be discouraged by losing the election - and will continue to volunteer for the party in whatever capacity we feel we can be most useful.
Finally, naturally many of you will likely have questions. So catch me on Discord
or post it here. To Pirate shipmates or newcomers to our crew I ask if there is a nagging question somewhere... and if there is, I urge you to ask it now. Whatever it may be, it would be better for us all for it to be aired now than wait until it's too late.
 https://www.pirateparty.org.uk/press-hit/pirate-party-councillor-road-safety-mustP.S. a common problem I come into when speaking with older or ex members is they feel we have drifted from our core policies. After this, I went on a bit of a youtube spree and created videos like this with the help of @Lennon