As Iceland heads to the polls on Saturday, they have the chance to make history and put Pirates into National Government for the first time ever.
Campaigning on traditional Pirate themes, including transparency in Government with the call for a new constitution, citizenship for Edward Snowden, and wide reaching reform of copyright, the success of the Icelandic Pirates, as well as the interest generated globally have shown there is a void to be filled with a new, current political party that embraces the future rather than fears it.
David A Elston, Pirate Party Spokesperson, said:
"We will see Pirates forming a huge chunk of the next parliament in Iceland and I've never been more proud to call myself a Pirate. This is not just a success for Pirates everywhere but more importantly we're drawing closer to taking democracy back. You really can bring about radical positive reforms if you are brave enough to trust the people.
At home in the UK we are following in their footsteps, fighting for openness and transparency at all levels of Government.
We have already influenced the political debate, showing how rooted copyright is in strangling innovation and have shown we are the only party in the UK to make free speech our flagship policy and not latched on after popular demand. On the 29th October we will see a mass of Pirates elected in Iceland, now it's up to you, the British people, to make elected Pirates a reality here too."
About Pirate Party UK
The Pirate Party in the UK is a fledgeling 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 one representative in local government and is looking to build support from the grass roots.