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Pirate Party UK received 100 members an hour after registration

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Aug 2009 22:32 User comments (4)

Pirate Party UK received 100 members an hour after registration After registering as a legitimate political party in the United Kingdom, the UK Pirate Party received over 100 new members per hour, according to its leader. "It has exceeded all expectations. Put it this way, donations have been coming in so fast that PayPal were concerned we were a fraudulent site," said Andrew Peter Robinson, party leader.
He continued: "The party was born of the feeling at the last European elections that there was no one to vote for and a group of us were jealous of people in Sweden who could vote for the Pirate Party." The party intends to contest as many seats as funding and resources will allow and may even contest a by-election if one shows up before the general election.

However, Robinson is keeping a perspective on the reality of the Pirate Party's chances to gain any power. "We're not going to win any seats but we can get these issues discussed," he told The Register. As for the issues that the Party wants to get discussed, Robinson said the following: "The system as it is doesn't reward artists. Typical record contracts now grant 95 per cent of revenues to the record label, not the band. Reorganizing that would help make up for a lot of the shortfall from cutting the length of copyright."

He also mentioned a will to legalize non-commercial file sharing and to end "excessive surveillance".

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4 user comments

117.8.2009 12:46

It is worth a shot!

218.8.2009 0:29

Do they have any plans for a US affiliate?

318.8.2009 0:48
varnull
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All these people just dying to draw attention to themselves.. The UK isn't a free society.. party affiliation is noted by the secret police... We don't even have a secret ballot system (check it out next time you vote.. your paper has a number on the back.. and that number is written against your name on the voting checklist!!)

Not me.. I'm not joining.. I might vote for them though I don't see much hope of them ever putting up any candidates in this two horse county...

420.8.2009 10:50

Originally posted by varnull:
All these people just dying to draw attention to themselves.. The UK isn't a free society.. party affiliation is noted by the secret police... We don't even have a secret ballot system (check it out next time you vote.. your paper has a number on the back.. and that number is written against your name on the voting checklist!!)

Not me.. I'm not joining.. I might vote for them though I don't see much hope of them ever putting up any candidates in this two horse county...

100% correct!

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