The Pirate Party UK Will Remain an Ordinary Member of Pirate Parties International

The Pirate Party UK Will Remain an Ordinary Member of Pirate Parties International

PPUK has been part of Pirate Parties International (PPI) from the beginning, but its ordinary members did not make the decision in the past. In a vote triggered by concerns about PPI from the UK’s executive, the ballots have been counted, the decision made. The Pirate Party UK will remain an ordinary member of Pirate Parties International (PPI).

Mandate

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion, debate and argument about the merit of PPI membership.  In fact we talked about the value of PPI, issues with personalities, issues with structure, problems with voting, financial irregularities and more.  There was little that wasn’t brought up and almost everyone had a different position or view on the subject.  There was, however, one thread that remained constant throughout – UK Pirates want an effective way of working with pretty much everyone.

Almost everyone, for or against, pointed out the problems that PPI faces, its failures and its successes. But no-one was happy with the idea of PPI failing. Therefore, as from today, we have a mandate to commit time, people and money to ensure that the PPI becomes more effective.  We have to work to help the PPI achieve its potential. Not because it is easy, but because our members demand it.

For the first time, we are clear that we are acting on the basis of what our members want in this area and we will do that to the best of our abilities. It seems that the last line of the case for remaining a PPI member made an impact.  It was quite simple, a question of intent:

If you value international cooperation through the PPI, the forums for international discussion it provides and want the UK Pirate Party to make a further effort in working to stabilise and improve the PPI, I would ask you to vote that the party should remain a full member.

The Next Steps

Now we have to work to stabilise and improve the PPI, help it become an organisation that we can all be proud to be members of.  That means working with other members and the PPI board to ensure it is equipped to meet its aims as well as ours.

As I said at the start of this vote – we need to work on cooperation. Doing this through the PPI isn’t the easiest way to do that; but as it turns out, the Pirate movement is one that generally doesn’t take the easy option, but always aims for the right outcome.

Those are the lofty goals – what I need to do now with my team is to identify the practical issues – after all, it is my department that is responsible for international coordination from the UK side. Happily, the reports that were passed back to the party that were part of the reason that this vote was triggered identify many of these issues that we need to solve.  There is no good reason why together we shouldn’t be able to fix the problems that we found and begin to make the changes that so many of our members, and other PPI members and officers seemed to demand in the discussions of the last month.

So, I’d briefly like to abuse the generosity of the Pirate Times and ask that anyone reading this, member or not, who would like to help in this effort, get in touch with either their own international coordination team, or the UK parties campaigns team [campaigns@pirateparty.org.uk] and let us know.  There is work to do.  And now, with your help, is the time to do it.

Editors note: For more information about why PPUK was considering pulling out of PPI you can take a look at the last post by Andy

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Josef Ohlsson Collentine

About Josef Ohlsson Collentine

I'm a dual citizen (American/Swede) and try to integrate my reflections from a more global perspective if possible. I'm the organizational leader for Pirate Times and work actively to strengthen the pirate movement through this work as well as being the international contact for Piratpartiet (PPSE). I currently live in Mexico and work as a community manager. If you would like to chat I speak English, Swedish and Spanish. Find me on skype: josef.ohlsson.collentine

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