Swedish Pirate Party Gets A Second EU Parliament Seat

from the progress dept

When the election results first came in for the EU Parliament back in June, it initially looked like the Swedish Pirate Party would get two seats, though it was later downgraded to just one. However, it looks like they’re back up to two due to a recent treaty agreement. This means that Amelia Andersdotter will be joining Christian Engstrom in the EU Parliament, representing the Pirate Party and the rights of consumers. I’ve seen Amelia speak in the past, and, like Christian, I think she does an excellent job explaining the position of the Pirate Party and the civil rights issues it represents.

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Marcel de Jong (profile) says:

Re: Effective Name?

What are your thoughts on the name “Labour party”?
Does that consist solely of labourers and pregnant women?

Or the “Conservative party”? Do they want that everything stays the same.

Or the “Democratic party”? Do they imply that only they are following democratic principles, and do they even follow those principles?

A name is a name.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Pirate Party election was unanticipated

Sure they did. The EU election rules are proportional representation. They only needed 5% of the vote or something to get a seat. In a real election, that level of vote would make a party or individual an afterthough. But this system basically meant that if enough of the 18-25 group went out and voted pirate, they would get a seat or in this case seat(s).

It’s a warped system that offers support to every warped group. If I remember correctly the last round across Europe also elected Nazi sympathizers, communists, and terrorists. Not exactly a proud system.

TheStupidOne says:

Re: Re: Pirate Party election was unanticipated

so are you saying that minority opinions shouldn’t be represented just because they are minority? I think America would be a much better place if we listened to minority opinions more often and even game them some power.

Besides wouldn’t terrorists be easier to track and catch if they sent their leaders to sit in parliament?

PRMan (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Pirate Party election was unanticipated

Ironically, I think if America had this system then many minorities would have less representation.

For instance, if there were a gay/lesbian party, then everyone would say, “They are represented” and less people would feel sorry for them that they couldn’t marry or didn’t have certain rights. As it stands now, the entire democratic party (about 50% of the US) votes in favor of gay/lesbian issues.

I am almost certain minorities would do WORSE under that system and the majority (White straight Christians) would do better.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Pirate Party election was unanticipated

You are correct. Proportional representation does two things:

1) It makes minorities a real minority, making them think they are empowered and yet keeps them locked on the outside

2) Breaks everyone into little minorities, such that government doesn’t function as well.

Most minorities spend their lives trying to be “treated like everyone else”. This sort of thing just puts up walls.

Anonymous Coward says:

Do what Japan did.

The government was having trouble to pass laws so they told the people to vote for people the party literally took off from the streets and put them in office just to vote those issues.

You can call it. Disposable Politics. Get an issue you want resolved, put it to the people and put some faces on it, they will vote those things for ya and then retire.

I do like the idea of disposable politicians, it really puts a smile on my face.

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