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'A political sensation': Pirate Party leader

TT/The Local · 8 Jun 2009, 10:08

Published: 08 Jun 2009 10:08 GMT+02:00

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"It's a political sensation," concluded party leader Rick Falkvinge.

Falkvinge claimed the success signalled a generation shift in Brussels.

"This means that we can start work to secure citizens' rights, something that we have fought for for three and a half years. This is a reminder to the political old guard that if they take money from the pockets of lobbyists then they will lose their jobs," he told news agency TT.

The election result means that Christian Engström from Nacka in Stockholm will take his seat in the EU parliament in the autumn. He proposed several reasons to explain the sensational success of the party.

"We have spoken about issues that interest people, for example personal integrity. We have also raised issues that are actually EU matters. A third reason is that we have a movement of activists with people from across the country helping out."

With the demise of the June List, who lost their parliamentary seats in the election, the challenge for the Pirate Party is now how to ensure that the same does not happen to them.

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"The June List's problem was that they had no clear areas in which they could make a telling difference. We have. The first thing that will happen in the the new EU parliament is the third reading of the telecom reform package. That is an issue that is completely ours," Rick Falkvinge said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:32 June 8, 2009 by Hawking
For a commentary on what the Pirate Party truly stands for and promotes, watch the following video where Rick Falkvinge explains the partys position fairly clearly.


15:24 June 8, 2009 by eZee.se
Arrr! So proud that I helped the above happen!
15:37 June 8, 2009 by byke
Lets hope they can restore civil privacy rights.
15:37 June 8, 2009 by Hawking
And I thank you very much for that eZee.

16:08 June 8, 2009 by justanotherexpat
Hmm - 7% of the vote - and a low turnout at that. Then you get fascists being elected in the UK and another low turnout.

Seems to be that many of those who voted did so in protest - and that's not so much of a bad thing but only WHEN the turnout is high so that the fringe parties have less of an effect........

I have nothing against the Pirate Party per se - nor anything against people voting for them - the real issue is VOTER APATHY, cos the ones who didn't vote are usually the ones who'd have voted for a so-called 'proper' party.

What does this tell us? Politics is boring the **** out of us and frustrating us so much. I always thought of Sweden as a the "high turnout nation" - so when even you guys get sick of it all, that leaves just one solution.

18:54 June 8, 2009 by eZee.se
@Hawking, you're most welcome,

we are all in this together - and this IS the future no matter how much the content industries fight it.

Never voted before - all the same lies and campaign promises from old fart parties who just didn't "get it", but this time i _had_ to vote and get others to vote or I would never have forgiven myself.

19:07 June 8, 2009 by LazyDog
Keep on trucking PP.
19:44 June 8, 2009 by reason
I think this sends an important message to the mainstream parties and I hope that they will revise their policies accordingly for the national elections. I personally did not vote for the Pirate Party, since I don't consider copyright and patent law to be the most important questions for the European Parliament. They are important issues though and with any luck our politicians will take this lesson to heart and the Pirate Party will no longer be needed.

I don't believe in the long term survival of this kind of very narrow parties. Either they have to widen their ideological base, and risk losing a lot of their supporters in the process (though not necessarily, as the Green Party shows), or they disappear as people find another worthy cause to fight for. It doesn't matter though, if it can make the major parties to change their policies (and with this kind of proven voter support up for grabs, I'd be surprised if many don't), the Pirate Party will have won.
21:09 June 8, 2009 by spy
This interesting but 1 seat in the EU elections hardly equates to a revolution.
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