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Old 19.09.2011, 15:15
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Re: Pirate Party

Apparently the German Pirate Party has done very well in the recent Berlin regional elections, taking 8% of the vote!

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Meanwhile, the little-known Pirate Party, a libertarian party whose programme includes greater personal data protection and the legalising of cannabis, garnered more than 8% of the vote.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14966358
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Old 19.09.2011, 23:17
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While browsing on wikipedia I had a quick look at the list of political parties in Switzerland and did a double take at the last name on the list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...in_Switzerland

Clicking on it, I didn't know what to expect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_...of_Switzerland

It's becoming more and more bizarre. They have a website.

http://www.pirateparty.ch/

WTF. Seems if 150 people get together they can form a political party with an anti x-rays in airports stance, not wanting to pay excess duty on blank CDs but wanting to keep high book prices, ... and that's pretty much it. Oh and you can also pay 13.50 Chf for a piece of tin foil for your passport .
Nothing bizarre ! why should more than 100 people not be to form a political party ? And while some of their positions may not yet been final for eternity, they look like good people who deserve some support
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Old 21.09.2011, 09:25
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Re: Pirate Party

Spot the Pirate Party member??!



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Old 21.09.2011, 09:32
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Don't worry, I do remember them. There was also a Car Driver's Party that made it to the Federal Assembly in the early 90s. They mostly seem to have merged into the ever growing SVP.
They still exist I believe.

SVP did not merge with anybody, at least not in recent times. They did cannibnalise the votes of many smaller right-wing parties though.
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Old 21.09.2011, 09:41
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To "bestow titles onto yourself" in Switzerland is a punishable offence
Wasn't there a guy back in the 80s who bestowed upon himself the title of King of Zürich and posted his proclamations on the doors of public toilets and in trams? I can't remember his name.

I guess he was the closest that Switzerland ever got to a Super Monster Raving Loony Party.

There is also a guy called Hanf Ueli who always stands for election and even states as his official job "election candidate".
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Old 21.09.2011, 09:52
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Spot the Pirate Party member??!



I am far more intrigued weather the organized the rest by the share of votes they got, according to the political right-to-left or body sizes. Do politicians physically grow when their parties share grows? Or are conservatives simply fatter than greens?
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They still exist I believe.

SVP did not merge with anybody, at least not in recent times. They did cannibnalise the votes of many smaller right-wing parties though.
They DO, but have moved away from the centre to the Far Right and are now the Freiheits-Partei
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