Election Week, Swedish And Czech Pirate Parties Liftoff In Polls

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Last Friday, Swedish Public Radio opened with the headline “Swedish Pirate Party Heading For Re-Election To European Parliament” as a fresh poll was published. This was followed by similar news from the Czech Republic. As election week opens, more is up in the air than ever – but things are looking overall positive for the movement.

The Pirate Party narrative is crucial. In hindsight, the story must read that political representation changed permanently as sentiments in the younger population shifted toward safeguarding civil liberties, and that scenario requires pirate MEPs in European Parliament after the elections. The alternative, losing all seats, would signal that people weren’t interested in civil rights after all, especially online, and that the original pirate election in 2009 was mostly a freak random occurrence.

Fortunately, there will be Pirate MEPs in the European Parliament after this week’s elections – from the German Piratenpartei. The main narrative requires that pirates remain in the Europarl; it’s secondary what state they are elected from.

But lately, things have started looking up for pirates in more states.

Swedish oldmedia has done its utmost to make sure the Swedish Pirate Party isn’t re-elected, by ignoring it wholesale. In every list of “parties” leading up to the European Elections, those “parties” have been selected from a distinctly different group – those in national parliament, deliberately omitting one of the eight political parties in the European Parliament.

And yet, polls have been looking sharply upward from 1.x% a month ago to 3.1% early last week. Then, on Friday, the polls hit 3.9%, with 4.0% required for re-election:

Swedish Public Radio: Headline "Pirate Party stays in European Parliament". Poll giving the Pirate Party 3.9%.
Swedish Public Radio: Headline “Pirate Party stays in European Parliament”. Poll giving the Pirate Party 3.9%.

The race for the Swedish Pirate Party is definitely still open as we enter the actual election week for the European Elections, with 3.9% on an upward trajectory obviously looking very encouraging. Meanwhile, things are looking good for other pirate parties in Europe, too:

The Czech Pirate Party keeps showing potential. Here a frame from a TV show, showing at 6.5%.
The Czech Pirate Party keeps showing potential. Here a frame from a TV show, showing at 6.5%.

The Czech Pirate Party, headed up by Ivan Bartos, is currently polling at levels that would give them one or two seats in the European Parliament out of the 22 Czech seats. This would be a very insipiring sign of the movement’s overall growth.

There’s also news that the pirate party in Slovenia is polling at over 4%, but that’s not enough for a seat from that country (due to its small size).

So while this race is nowhere finished, we can say with certainty that pirates are going to be in the European Parliament after this election. As it currently stands, it looks like 1-3 from Germany, possibly 1 from Sweden, and possibly 1 or 2 from the Czech Republic. And who knows, maybe another dark horse state will surprise us all?

Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and a low-altitude motorcycle pilot. He works as Head of Privacy at the no-log VPN provider Private Internet Access; with his other 40 hours, he's developing an enterprise grade bitcoin wallet and HR system for activism.

Discussion

  1. Harald K

    The criteria that they choose when deciding which parties to mention – which parties are currently in parliament – is of course eminently reasonable. Just as reasonable is it to look at the parties which are currently in the European parliament, which is after all what the election is for.

    Unfortunately, given such an obvious “safe” option of excluding the political outsiders, editors go for it in instinctively. In flock. If they didn’t have that gut instinct for who it’s acceptable to get associated with, they would have been filtered out long ago, long before they ever reached the editor’s chair.

  2. @collentine

    Using the 6.5% “potential people that might consider voting PP” is like PPSE using that we have 13% for the EU elections http://piratetimes.net/13-of-swedes-consider-voting-pirate/

    The highest poll I’ve seen for PPCZ is at 4.3%, which is great and probably leads to at least a seat! :)

    Slovenia was polling at 4.7% in last measurement, around 6% is needed for a seat which means they are getting very close.

    Continues updates on pirate parties in EU elections: http://piratetimes.net/eu14/

  3. Anonymous

    i’ve been waiting to see which politicians, PP or not, have promised to stand up for civil liberties, freedom of speech and freedom overall. if anyone has seen a list, please post it. the elections being underway now, people will want to make informed decisions and also be aware of who says one thing and does the other so as to mete out restitution!

    1. Idee

      As you wish:
      http://piratetimes.net/eu14/
      All – Anywhere

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