German Pirate Party Scores Another Electoral Victory: Gets 4 Seats In State Parliament
from the german-pirates dept
We’ve discussed in the past the success of the German Pirate party in getting 9% of the vote in the Berlin state Parliamentary elections, giving them a bunch of seats there. Following that, it was noted that the party actually had a similar 9% support level across Germany. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the party has been able to seat another four officials in another state election, this one in Saarland, where they took 7.4% of the vote, and got four out of the 51 seats (found via Slashdot). I do wonder why Germany’s Pirate Party has been so successful, compared to the various Pirate Parties elsewhere.
It’s also important to note that the campaign in this case didn’t focus on copyright issues (even with ACTA still being a hot topic in Germany). Instead the campaign focused on “transparent government, access to education as a prerequisite, and the right of the people to actively partake in the decision making process.” If the Pirate Party is actually going to grow, I think it’s important for it to do much more to highlight its position on these kinds of issues, so it’s good that this resonated. I’ve said in the past — and I know plenty of people disagree with me — that I think the Pirate Party’s name, while good for getting it initial attention, has the potential to limit its effectiveness and appeal in the longterm, in part because I didn’t think people would take its other policy issues (which have always been a part of the Party’s efforts) seriously. However, if they worked here, that’s surprising, but encouraging.