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I missed that talos had linked the results in the diary body. Lots of parties below 3%.

Pirates got 0,51%, which is higher then I expected with a narrow program in an election dominated by austerity. Good start.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon May 7th, 2012 at 01:17:22 AM EST
The flip-side to this is that by refusing to join the Greens in a common list, their success meant that the Greens were left out of parliament

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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon May 7th, 2012 at 07:04:45 AM EST
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It is a pity that the Greens missed parliament. Was such an offer on the table from the Greens?

Generally I am sceptical of such math, because it only holds if both parties activists and voters accepts such a merge. Politics being tribal, that is not a given.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon May 7th, 2012 at 07:19:39 AM EST
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Yes there was such an offer but the Pirates declined. It seems that many though not all of the Pirates' voters were former Green voters

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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon May 7th, 2012 at 07:43:41 AM EST
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Ok.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon May 7th, 2012 at 07:50:37 AM EST
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But if there is enough commonality of interest so that most of your voters would "rather they get seats than the other guys", and if there are regional or local elections that you can contest separately, a coalition list to get some members from each party elected to the parliament can be a good deal both ways.

As far as the second half ~ I've seen that both work and fail on that threshold in the Liberal / National coalition in Australia, where the collapse of the Nats state party representation in state parliaments in New South Wales and Victoria led to a coalition state party, while the dominance of National Party representation at the state level in Queensland meant that the coalition partners in the state retain their individual identities.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon May 7th, 2012 at 01:10:53 PM EST
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