The coupling of a proportional representation electoral system and the steadfast campaigning of the Dutch Pirate Party means that there is a very real chance of seeing a Pirate elected to the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) with a second Pirate being an outside possibility.
David A Elston, Pirate Party Acting Leader has already stated his (and our) strong support for our friends just across the sea and Mark Chapman, Pirate Party Spokesperson has previously written positively on the work of PPNL.
Mark Chapman Pirate Party UK Spokesperson says:
"The opposition parties label those who want to be able to freely share our culture, information and speech "Pirates" but instead of shaming us, Pirates around the world came forward to champion the title. Now established parites in The Netherlands are seeking to repeat past mistakes, calling Pirates "Nerds" and the Dutch Pirates have responded brilliantly.
"With a strong campaign highlighting the need for "nerds" in the government that understand 21st century technology, the internet, and the fast changing landscape that is our modern day lives. The PPNL have quickly grown in support across the country. Privacy, freedom of speech, civil liberties, Government transparency, digital rights and IT education from as young as four years old are among other things listed upon their campaign. Most would argue these are the sorts of things that every western civilisation should have anyway, the fact a party is having to campaign on these issues shows how far we have fallen from standing up for our rights.
"Politics 2.0 has become the catchphrase, however, whether this is just an upgrade or the need for a total rebuild and reboot remains to be seen. Either way we look forward to continuing to push the Pirate message here in the UK knowing that it is increasingly resonating with people across the world who believe in a political party which is prepared and able to embrace the future, rather than fear it."
About Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgling political party. It has fielded a few candidates in European and National elections, but like most small parties it is significantly constrained by the UK electoral system. Despite this, the Pirate Party now has a representative in local government and is looking to build support from the grassroots.