Piratenpartei Hamburg performed a feat today. In local state elections, they surpassed two percent with more than 70,000 votes.
This is a tremendous feat. Anybody can succeed once, like a flash in the pan. But to stay at a level and climb from there requires perseverance, method and strategy. This was never a sprint, it has always been a marathon.
The German Piratenpartei (PPDE) scored two percent in a federal election to the Bundestag right after the Swedish Piratpartiet’s (PPSE) entry into the European Parliament in 2009, when everybody was euphoric and felt undefeatable forever. Well, reality is harsher than that. There’s no tougher time than the day after you’ve been the hip thing of the town.
Therefore, being able to repeat this result in early 2011 is a very, very good effort and shows excellent promise for PPDE and the pirate movement at large. In particular in a local election, where campaigns typically aren’t very well funded.
It’s true that this result doesn’t give any seats in the local parliaments. Nevertheless, it’s great winnage. I also note that Piratenpartei Hamburg became the largest challenger party by a wide margin, beating the far right.
Gratulation zu diesem Job wirklich gut gemacht, Piratenpartei Hamburg, und viel Glück für die Zukunft.
UPDATE: Suchenwi points out in the comments that the result may be enough for local district assemblies, due to local peaks, even though it wasn’t enough for the Bürgerschaft when summarized across Hamburg. We will know more about the local district assemblies tomorrow.