The UK Pirate Party is taking an unusual but democratic approach to deciding where it stands politically – it's hit the messageboards of Reddit in a bid to crowdsource its manifesto.The Pirate Party contested its first election back in 2010, but has so far made little dent in the UK's political landscape.
Inspired by the Pirate Bay trial of 2008, the party's pro-democratic, pro-equality ethos is built on the idea that information and knowledge is there to be shared, not hidden. Despite the fact that the party isn't a box office hit at the voting stations, the Pirate Party remains adamant that it simply wants to raise awareness rather than get elected. It isn't just a UK organisation either, with divisions in Sweden, Germany and France.
A spokesperson wrote: "We've been proud to run on British politics' first crowd sourced manifesto. And of course it's time to update and upgrade. This process will run until the 21st of March online and offline and will allow the party to make sure our positions are up to date, and up to scratch for the General Election. To get it right, we need your help: You can tell us about your ideas, and discuss it publicly on community.pirateparty.org.uk or join the discussion on reddit. So jump in and share what you want to see happen. It doesn't need to read like a government document, it just needs to be clear what you want to see happen."
In the past few days, Redditors have contributed their key political issues, with topics ranging from the disestablishment of the Church of England to the global abolition of nuclear weapons. If you want to have your say and influence the worldview of a political party, jump on Reddit now.