Yea - well in future (only it's very unlikely to happen again) I'll probably not just assume that there's some easy way of recognising who the pirate party meeting is...
... because I drove 200 miles to attend, and as far as I could see, no fucker was there. Apart from about 300 random people in really quite dreadful suits who were there for the TV thing.
Apologies if you got there before I did. I was there later than usual due to a delay on the bus there.
I was at the bar, visible through most of the show with a pirate cap, pirate gloves and deadmau5 pirate t-shirt. If you care to watch the repeat of the show, you should see me behind the presenter when he is chatting with the MPs.
It was not a total failure, I managed to secure a commitment from both National and Labour to fair and balanced surveillance laws. After verifying that the pork board, wine board and every other irrelevant bureaucrat with an Orwellian desire to monitor citizens hasn't been granted the same powers of surveillance as the police, I emailed a confirmation that my counter-surveillance research will not be published.
This commitment is something that both major parties realise would be politically damaging to renege on.