Russia Won't Recognize The Pirate Party Because It Doesn't Like The Name
from the hey,-it's-no-bull-moose dept
I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m no fan of The Pirate Party’s name. While I agree it draws short-term attention, I think it’s long-term limiting, and makes it quite easy (even too easy) for people to misrepresent what the party appears to actually stand for. And, apparently, in some cases, it also means that it’s cut off from the political process. Apparently, Russia has refused to recognize the Pirate Party because the Justice Ministry doesn’t like the name:
“piracy is an attack on sea of river craft, which is a criminal offense.’
Why, yes, it is. Now will the Russian Justice Ministry claim the same thing the next time the entertainment industry comes calling about infringement?
Of course, the real issue is that the Justice Ministry apparently is unaware of how irony works, or at least doesn’t believe that political party names should be ironic. Of course, now the rush is on to come up with a more acceptable name for the party. I vote for the “Party Names Aren’t Literal” Party.