Results From the First ‘Piratas de Galicia’ Election!
How does it feel to be a Pirate in Rajoy’s homeland? The expression “Ben feito Piratas” (“well done Pirates” in the Galician language) describes in one phrase the final assessment of the first electoral participation for Piratas de Galicia.
Galician Pirates are feeling good with the results. They say that they are proud of their work, and will continue working hard after these elections. Low poll results are due to the fact that on one hand, the Pirates had candidates in only 2 of the 4 provinces in the Galician territory and on the other, that it was their first attempt to convince people to vote for them, in the homeland of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. PIRATA.GAL got 1518 votes (0,10%), ranked 14th out of the 26 parties participating, but this only marks their first footprint on the political scene. In particular, the Pirates took 0,24% in the province of Pontevedra, almost 1 200 votes, and 0,17% in the province of Ourense.
Isabel Fernandez, Coordinator of Public and International Relations for PPGA said to Pirate Times about the results:
“We are excited and sad at the same time. We haven’t expected to get so good results for us, since we have had almost no resources to perform an appropriate campaign at the streets. Besides, we only had the chance to present candidatures to two of our 4 provinces. It’s the electoral law that is not fair. There were 36,20% of abstention, the highest percentage in decades. We have a lot of rural population in Galicia, people not used to IT. It’s hard for us to get listened to that population, especially the retired people. We feel great! The results encourage a lot to us to keep working hard to reach everyone, because we think everybody can be a Pirate.”
Rajoy’s party, ‘Partido Popular de Galicia’ (PPdeG – People’s Party of Galicia), won the elections in Galicia with ease (with 45,71%) while Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE, Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) and Bloque Nacionalista Galego (BNG, the Galician Nationalist Bloc) lost seats in the Parliament. A big surprise was the rising of Alternativa Galega de Esquerda (AGE EU – ANOVA, a coalition of parties and groups from the nationalist wing) from a result of 0,97% in 2009 to 13,99% and taking 9 seats this time. This quick rise of a small party shows that ‘Piratas de Galicia’ has potential of doing the same.
Galicia is mentioned as a “key region” in the national and international media and the results of the elections will affect Rajoy’s politics. Spain is on the verge of a “Greek-type” European bailout to keep its borrowing costs under control and ready to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with cuts in wages, pensions and social spending, while unemployment is soaring. Up until now, Rajoy has passed more than four different budget packages.
Pirate Parties across Europe are making their first appearances, by participating in local and national elections. The recent signs of this effort, both in Switzerland with the election of Alex Arnold as the Mayor of Eichberg, and in the Czech Republic with Libor Michalek as a senator in the Parliament, increase and speed up the widening of Pirate ideology
In this direction, the step made today by Piratas de Galicia is recorded and counted positively, contributing to the explosive growth of the popularity of Pirate Parties in Europe and worldwide.
More Results of the Galician elections.
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About Stathis Leivaditis
The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.