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IMHO the Pirates shouldn't run this year because 1. They managed to publish a manifesto without a single reference to the crisis and 2. They will probably cost the Greens their parliamentary entry, which is IMHO not good. They should wait it out and try to develop a political range that goes beyond what they offer, which is now a single issue party, when that single issue is not the economy won't gain much traction in a country that is undergoing a socioeconomic collapse

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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 07:10:56 PM EST
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Yes, they appear to be the startup version. It tends to get 0.1-0.6% of votes (if they missed that there is a crisis, I would guess more 0.1 then 0.6). The reason I am not particularly afraid that these will come out of the greens (because the greens missing parliament would be bad), is that the Pirates effectively tend to strenghten more established parties that has the same issues somewhere on their agenda, usually the greens. They are more effective in getting attention to the policies then getting the votes, as voters tend not to vote for a party that says nothing on other important issues of the day.

However, the Pirate parties that has reached electoral success has usually gone through this phase. Traction on the issues and doing the election things builds a group, that then realises they need more to get more votes and start to process how they can expand their agenda without breaking the existing group.

That was why my hope was for electoral participation, not electoral success.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:31:57 AM EST
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