THE SWEDISH PIRATE PARTY has bombed in the latest election, failing to secure enough votes to enter the Swedish Parliament.
Forged to battle draconian copyright enforcement laws the world over, the Swedish Pirate Party couldn't get enough backing to make that jump to the Riksdag.
It might have been International Talk Like A Pirate Day over the weekend but the world, well, Sweden, wasn't looking to indulge "yo ho ho and a bottle of rum". In fact, the Pirate Party didn't even get its own graph in the parliamentary parties statistical breakdown. Instead, it was listed under "other" with several other parties that failed to secure enough votes.
Last year the party did well in the European Parliament elections but lady luck wasn't shining on the Pirate Party in this year. The Inquirer reported in May that the party had a disappointing general election in the UK with just 0.6 per cent of the overall vote, though it was up from the previous year.
The Swedish statistics show that all "other" parties gained only 1.4 per cent of the vote, which was unfortunately 1.3 per cent down from the result the Pirate Party managed in the 2006 election. The party needed to get over 4 per cent to get a seat in the Riksdag.
Party leader Rick Falkvinge put up a video blog about the failure, which we have left for Live Seach to give you a better translation than we could, though it's not much good.
"But as we know, this was the outcome of the elections not at all what we had expected. Even if the votes are counted, so we know that we had a performance in class with our first parliamentary election, 2006. I do not think anyone had expected; nor do I."
However, Falkvinge said the fight would go on.
"Above all, we will continue to be there when politicians try to get away with new intrusive legislative proposals or when the copyright industry seeks to buy new mail order laws. Only our very existence is an insurance policy for the country that one does not come without resistance."
Falkvinge said the party is looking forward to the European election on 8 June 2014 and the general election on 14 September 2014. Hang in there mateys. µ
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