At the beginning of May, voters across the country will have the opportunity
to elect a raft of new civic leaders to their respective councils. In doing so
they can display their satisfaction or displeasure with the performance of both
grass-roots candidates and their affiliated national parties. We live in
interesting times and although the Conservatives have very little to lose in
terms of popularity north of the border, the Liberal Democrats and Labour
could well be bracing themselves for a seismic shift in fortunes in areas of
historical strength. This may bode well for the SNP, but it may also revive
interest in the smaller parties and independent candidates.

A political movement now experiencing a surge of support and political gains
across Europe is the Pirate Party. Despite the somewhat amusing moniker,
this movement is attracting many who are disillusioned with the high-handed
dictates of the political elite and their apparent attacks on personal privacy and
human rights.

The pirates have now landed in the UK and will be fieldingĀ candidates in Scotland.

Pirate Party Interview

Pirate Party 2

Editing: Fiona Greig

Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (www.smartsound.com/royalty-free-music/incompetech)

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/rick_falkvinge_i_am_a_pirate.html

http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/

http://edinburgh.pirateparty.org.uk/

Photograph courtesy of Philip Hunt