Pirates Trying To Form New Icelandic Government

from the this-could-get-interesting dept

All year long, there have been reports talking about how the Pirate Party in Iceland were poised to take control over the Icelandic government in the elections. Many publications acted like it was a foregone conclusion. However, if anything should be obvious this year, what the polls and the press are telling you about likely outcomes of elections should be taken with a large grain of salt. So we didn't report on it -- even after the election when the Pirate Party did well, but still came in third place. However, with the top two parties failing to build a coalition to form a new government, the Iceland Pirates have been given a shot and they're hard at work trying to build a coalition that will form the government.

Of course, this still isn't a guarantee -- and there's already talk of having to hold another election, but hopefully the Pirates can put together something. While it does feel like many people involved in Pirate Parties have underestimated what it actually takes to govern, it would certainly be interesting -- especially in Iceland -- to see what they could do.
The party appears to be taking a measured approached to a task viewed by many as exceeding urgent and pressing. Members of the parliamentary party spent all weekend discussing the issues between themselves, with no representatives of any other parties involved.

“We don’t want this this to be a rushed or botched job. We want to do things properly,” says Pirate MP Einar Aðalsteinn Brynjólfsson.

“Of course, it is time for a new government to be formed – otherwise we could be heading for a constitutional crisis. The current government is a caretaker government with a limited mandate.”
Hopefully the parties can work out their differences and create a coalition government led by the Pirates. Icleand has swung back and forth on the pendulum of supporting true internet freedom in the past, but having the Pirates in charge could lead to some interesting and worthwhile experiments. And, in an age where too much reasonable anger at old line politicians is being directed towards ultra-nationalistic campaigners who tend to look backwards rather than forward, it will be worthwhile to see what a party with a truly forward looking agenda could accomplish.
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    Wendy Cockcroft, 10 Dec 2016 @ 6:08am

    Iceland needs a leader

    I want her to succeed but that'll only happen when she realises that you can't govern by committee; a sovereign state needs leadership.

    As it is, she's actually said she doesn't want to be prime minister, she wants to ensure that the party stays true to its principles. Okay, I get the problem with a lack of experience and understand that she may see the value of taking a back seat till she knows what she's doing but she was handed a mandate and she's copping out. Hippie ideals don't cut it in the real world; anarchy doesn't scale. Leadership requires that you take responsibility for your party, and in her case, your country. If she's going to hand the job to a coalition partner and attempt to steer from the back seat she may find that doesn't work out too well. Iceland needs a leader and per Ms. Jónsdóttir's own comments it's unlikely to be her. :(

    Funnily enough, she's already having to compromise on dearly-held principles:

    https://cointelegraph.com/news/icelands-pirate-party-declares-privacy-dead-forms-a-govern ment

    If she's willing to take up the reins of administration and get the other four parties on side there may well be hope of staving off another election.

    http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/politics_and_society/2016/12/07/could_iceland_be_heading_ for_new_elections/

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