I’m standing for election to Edinburgh council!

I’m standing as the Pirate Party’s candidate in the Liberton/Gilmerton by-election for Edinburgh council.

The by-election is happening because at the general election, Cllr Ian Murray was elected the parliament for Edinburgh South.

Britain today is an information society; millions of people now have the internet intervowen into the fabric of their everyday lives. But our leaders are still living in the past. A symptom of this is the Digital Economy Act, where the politicians decided to try to cripple the internet and abolish our civil liberties in order to save the record companies’ obsolete business model.

What I stand for

Digital rights issues

  • repeal the Digital Economy Act 2010
  • no-one should be disconnected from the internet unless they’ve been found guilty of a criminal offense after been given a fair trial
  • no collective punishment: so no-one to be disconnected from the internet because another member of their household has broken the law
  • ensure everyone has access to the full possibilities that the internet has to offer
  • ensure computers and the internet aren’t used to build a total surveillance society where the
  • government watches our every move

Better transport around Edinburgh:

  • single bus fares should be valid for bus journeys involving a change of bus
  • tickets should be valid for all bus/tram/rail operators in Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh needs a city bicycle sharing scheme, like London and Paris have
  • consider re-opening the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway
  • in the longer term, a city-wide taxibus service combining the cost of a bus with the service of a taxi

More affordable housing:

  • everyone in Edinburgh should have access to affordable housing to rent or buy as is their preference
  • reduce council house waiting lists to zero
  • all new housing built in Edinburgh to be built to the latest standards of insulation

Edinburgh is a beautiful city and a fine place to live. I want to make it even better. Together we can build a modern, efficient, 21st century Edinburgh.

Visit this blog or my Campaign Home Page for updates. Among other things, I’ll be fleshing out these policies.

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6 Responses to I’m standing for election to Edinburgh council!

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  2. Mr Eugenides says:

    I can’t vote for you, but much of your platform sounds entirely sensible, and Edinburgh buses are a joke.

    Good luck!

  3. GCarty says:

    Wouldn’t a policy of building more council houses be vehemently opposed by those who have no pension other than their house, or who are in danger of slipping into negative equity?

    • cabalamat says:

      Well, no policy can please everyone, because if it did it would probably already be done.

      If something like this was done nationwide, it would probably make sense to have a fund to compensate these people.

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