Photo [L to R]: Julia, James, Longrider
As many of us missed and as Chuckles has now pointed out, September 19th was Talk like a Pirate Day.
So all right, we missed that but in Germany, the joke has turned quite sour for Merkel and the other oligarchs. And here it is – the Pirate Party:
Martin Delius, a 27-year-old student, who is about to become one of the party’s 15 representatives in Berlin’s state parliament admitted being overwhelmed by the results.
“We were expecting some success,” he said. “But this was more than we could have dreamed.”
Having won nearly nine percent of the vote in Berlin’s state elections Sunday, the Pirates have just scored one of their biggest victories ever. They’ll have 15 of 149 seats in the state parliament – important because the high-profile legislature often punches above its weight in German federal politics.
Delius admitted that he and his colleagues were not yet sure how they were going to make a concrete difference in the everyday lives of constituents.
Pause for thought [chin stroking time]
# We have zero respect for Westminster politicians, right? Check.
# We want to have a say in Westminster politics because, until we can sweep away all the dead wood – Cameron, Clegg, Cable, Red Ed etc., power will remain with the EU via Westminster [the rubber stampers], yes? Check.
# If we can’t beat them, join them, no? Check.
# People are utterly pissed off with politics and the lack of a voice in our lives, right? Check.
There is a Pirate Party already in the UK but it seems to be a very serious minor party with a platform, which is a pity because such a party would not grab the popular imagination in the same way as a piratically dressed bunch, chanting pirate-speak and having but one policy – giving the people a voice in parliament.
It seriously needs humour to succeed or at least something out of the ordinary. Anonymous had their masks, in some countries women in white were quite effective. Why not pirates in seafaring gear? In my leftist student days, we had a group: Anarchist Revolutionary Students in Education and sent our demands inscribed on loo roll.
We’d like to think we actually made some progress on our lesser demands but the word anarchist appeared to be a sticking point with the authorities for some reason.
I’d humbly submit that as no other tactic appears to have gained us the slightest advantage or concession from the bstds atop and as riots and revolution are already factored in, why not go the piratical route, with candidates of some ability and erudition, plus a sense of humour?
That humour might take such a party a long way and with 8 or 9 in parliament, there is the platform for a plethora of PMBs delivered to the party via the internet. On top of that, those 8 or 9 would have the balance of power, would they not? If a huge multitude were to crash the pirate servers with a single opinion on a piece of legislation, then the pirates’ duty in parliament would be clear – to vote according to the will of the people.
What to call it, now that Pirate Party has been taken? No idea. Something will spring to mind.