No answer forthcoming in 20 days… I guess they do not want to bother about the issue before the elections are over and crime has paid. So I have to BLOW THE WHISTLE.
Never thought I’d have to blow the whistle on PIRATES 😦
Para: Vassilis Perantzakis
(member of the new Court of Arbitration of Pirate Parties International)
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If ONLY it had stayed about the fraudulent PPI membership of PP-CAT, I would not be furious.
It started, at the international level, with bad behaviour and errors at the PPI General Assembly of 2012 in Prague.
Prior to that, the problem started in Spain in 2010…
The Spanish Pirate Party was founded at the end of 2006 as a standard clone of the Swedish Pirate Party. This cloning included, of course… acting politically at the national and european level, as these were the ones where legislation dear to the pirate ideals was actually developed. So, no participation in regional nor local elections were envisaged.
One quirk of the Spanish Pirate Party Statutes, which were crafted in a sort of paranoid way, was the fact that the founding principles of the party were pritty armored: to change any of these, 90% minimum of the membership had to cast a vote in an Extraordinary General Assembly, and two thirds of the vote had to be YES.
The difficulty compounded when at some time pirates decided the party was not growing in membership fast enough… and dropped asking for membership fees.
There, the only real test on if any member was not lost to the party… disappeared. People simply did not care to resign membership, and no membership fee payment remained able to fail and alert anyone to the fact that someone who had not payed the fee was no member anymore.
The result, of course, was that when some members of the party suggested that they would be very interested in running a candidature for the Catalan regional elections…
… in no way could the Spanish Pirate Party organize timely an Extraordinary General Assembly where there could be any chance AT ALL that 90% of all those that were listed as members in the parties database would cast a vote :(. The only legit way to clean the database of ghost members was to take the decision to reintroduce membership fees… and wait to see who failed to pay the next dues to write him off as a member. Once the membership database such cleaned… one could organize a EGA with the hope (if maybe still remote) of 90% of the membership voting.
Needless to say… this would never happen in time for the Brethren of Catalonia to be able to present a candidature to the 2010 regional elections.
And then… foolish as they were… they just JUMPED SHIP… and created a Catalan Pirate Party just to be able to run in those elections.
While from my point of view such behaviour has NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER in the pirate ideology… they have tried to justify their existence ever since.
They have adopted a very populistic direct democracy approach… and wreaked havoc first in internal spanish pirate matters, complicating pirate logistics needlessly, and subsequently in international pirate affairs.
In 2011 they submitted a request for full membership to the PPI, but it was watered down to observer membership before even reaching that years GA, because the PPI statutes admitted only ONE full member per country.
For the 2012 PPI GA, they intelligently adopted a two step approach… they submitted various statutes amendments aiming at opening a door towards full membership for themselves as a first step. It had to be a two step approach because the admittance of new members ALWAYS happened with the current Statutes, amendments being discussed too late to immediately come into effect at a moment where they could be useful for them.
As a result, they were OBSERVER MEMBERS since 2011, and they proposed Statutes amendments in 2012 with which they could candidate for FULL MEMBERSHIP at first in 2013… so as to be full member and able to participate in the coveted european elections of 2014.
At the 2012 PPI GA in Prague… I was a delegate for the Spanish Pirate Party, and my mission was to discretely lobby the delegates of all the other pirate parties but of course the Catalan Pirate Party in order to convince them of the fact that opening the Pandoras Box of multiple full memberships per country would be a doomsday scenario for the Pirate Movement.
I went about it discretely, because I did not want to ruin the 2012 PPI General Assembly for our German Brethren… they had two regional elections coming up one and two months later, and the premises were SWAMPED by German press.
All I had to do was convince 1/3 of the vote casting delegates… to reject any Statutes amendment going towards the aims of the Catalan Pirate Party.
Insofar as I can judge the facts without a total insight on what other were thinking… the organizing commitee opted for an other solution… they gave priority to the approval of a few Statutes amendments concerning the composition and mission of the Board of Directors and the Court of Arbitration… and then just pledged to waste time so the rest of the amendments never got tabled.
Although not an optimal solution, this was a solution I and the Spanish Pirate Party could live with, even if wasting time untill the last moment meant not having the right circumstances to present a few broadranging strategical proposals to the General Assembly.
Alas, the Catalan Pirate Party delegates did not accept their strategy being thwarted (not finishing step one, they would never manage to complete the second before the European Election madness)… and they BLACKMAILED the PPI GA… delegate Kenneth Peiruza threathening that he could be the bad boy too (reacting on Thomas Gauls sorry statement)…
The rest you can read in many places…
I have written a blog post where you get the last evolutions, but also a link to a file with ALL the EVIDENCE:
The file is joined to this mail too.
To make things short, but clear…
1) The Catalans, seeing their aims thwarted… populistically called upon the gathered General Assembly of the PPI to immediately have a popular vote on whether PP-CAT should be a full member or not. They asked ANYBODY to submit a motion asking for such a vote.
Nobody did so, as I believe everybody knows an improvised motion is NO ACCEPTABLE WAY of tabling a membership issue in the PPI. At least, not one mentioned in the Statutes.
For the record… the Court of Arbitration had to settle the question of candidate Pirate Parties who had submitted their candidacy papers AFTER the official deadline… AND decided they had to wait until the next GA. PP-CAT, due to their two step strategy… had of course not even bothered to present candidacy papers at this time. They were thus NOT EVEN CANDIDATES.
As the pression of the PP-CAT delegates was mounting and they risked to turn the GA into a childish battle in the presence of the full German press…
… the Chairing Board of the PPI GA choose to understand a plea for clarification of the developing situation submitted by the halfblind remote delegates of Australia as if it were the motion the Catalans were so loudly asking for…
… and an STATUTORILY ILLEGAL VOTE on the full membership of PP-CAT to PPI was organized.
I choose NOT to intervene at that point BECAUSE it was more than obvious that anything decided thus should EASILY be nullified by a PROMPT decision of a LEGIT Court of Arbitration.
Better to let the GA end with a stupid and invalid vote, BUT without a public scandal in the press.
SO… THE VOTE WAS CLEARLY ILLEGAL AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED WITHOUT EFFORT BY THE COA (at least any competent one).
PP-UK I believe… filed some sort of complaint…
… and surprisingly the CoA returned this:
Without the Spanish Pirate Party being allowed audience, they gifted us a Second Gibraltar, Catalonia ;(.
To do so, they reworded the real meaning of one of the articles of the PPI Statutes to grant the General Assembly far wider discretionary powers concerning members admittance than the Statutes really allowed for, and while I could NOT convince a spineless board of the Spanish Pirate Party to file an official Party complaint…
… I found ONE loophole in the then “provisionally enforceable until decided otherwise at an PPI GA” Rules of Procedure of the Court of Arbitration… allowing any and any PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL to anonymously file a complaint if it was a matter of infringement to the PPI Statutes.
Rewriting an article of the Statutes in a Court Sentence to arrive at unwarranted conclusions clearly qualified as such…
… so I filed an INVINCIBLE anonymous complaint through the Court Member Maxime Rouquet (because of his dissenting opinion he deserved more trust than the rest). I did not keep that anonymity very long, as I did not really need it ;).
Due to all kind of machinations… The Court of Arbitration RESIGNED without giving its opinion on the merits of my complaint, much to the pleasure of some on the Board of Directors.
Next was a battle to decide whether matter left unattended by the Court of Arbitration had to be tabled by the 2013 PPI GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
First of all, Gregory Engels managed to impose a stronghold that could but be his… KAZAN.
But secondly, as became clear that not enough members would attend there… he had to organize a REMOTE venue in Brussels for additional delegates, and I got the word of it because I have a Twitter link with one of the guys offering housing for delegates.
I happen to be squatting around in Brussels for a few years now… so I arranged to be present friday, saturday and sunday. Though NOT as an official delegate of the Spanish Pirate Party.
NO PENDING ISSUES from the Court of Arbitration were tabled at this PPI GA, despite the fact that I had AIRED the issue extensively on the mailing lists of PPI:
Very important, PUBLIC recall BEFORE PPI GA 2013:
NOBODY can say he was NOT warned in time…
Wanting to ignore all:
In fact the whole of March mailing list is too rich to cite separately:
Look up by Author… Antonio Garcia ;).
And it went on through April:
BUT TO NO AVAIL…
– Someone decided the issue should NOT be TABLED.
– I could NOT become a delegate of the Spanish Pirate Party, even if I was the only member present in either Kazan or Brussels.
– The German delegates in Brussels were DECEIVINGLY SWEET on Friday, during the pre-GA activities… BUT they GUARDED the microphone FIERCELY, and I could NOT INTERVENE withoiut staging a physical battle.
CALL IT CENSORSHIP, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, besides whatever it is worth as WILLING BEHAVIOUR of delegates towards the truthfull organizing of a legit PPI GA.
The newly elected Court of Arbitration, I can not know if all their members knowing and agreeing, sent me…
… What I start the blog post with…
1) Court of Arbitration matters should be SEPARATED strictly from Board matters.
2) Court of Arbitration has changed Rules of Procedure and wants the NEW ones retroactively enforced… to DITCH my complaint WITHOUT having to examine its merits.
WHAT THE FUCKING HELL IS STILL GOING ON?
I hope you understand I have NO PATIENCE LEFT.
Will see their European Election campaign THWARTED by whatever I can present to PUBLIC SCRUTINY about all what has been going on.
We can simply NOT tolerate to have such bastard people in the Pirate Movement, and I will do what I can to avoid them getting elected people into position.
Damn the rest if they have to suffer collateral damages for their passivity or even naieve and ignorant collaboration.
But I still hope you can do your best to avoid the worst… with a TIMELY DECISION that restores truth to the Movement.
Member of the (disfunctional) Board of the (disfunctional) Spanish Pirate Party
(but how would yours be after this adventure?)