Czech Pirates Celebrate their First Pirate Mayor
If we look at Pirate history we see that the Czech pirates already have a Senator but now history is being made again. The first Pirate mayor in the history of the Czech Republic has been elected in the spa town of Mariánské Lázně (also known as Marienbad). Vojtěch Franta, a 29 year old architect was elected mayor by 15 of the 19 legislators present. The Pirates won 21% of the vote and gained five seats.
Franta wants to make Mariánské Lázně more visionary since he believes their politic has been a bit too shortsighted in the past. The plan is to improve the image of Marianske Lazne:
“We want to focus on the younger Czech clients, we want to rejuvenate Mariánské Lázně”, said Franta.
To achieve this, we will discuss with representatives of the tourism industry. They also want to attract new business activities, promote the development of congress tourism and promote spa culture (the city’s main attraction is their spa industry but they have difficulties keeping the youth from moving away to larger cities).
This event has bought the Czech Pirate Party plenty of publicity. It will be interesting to see how the country reacts to a town run on Pirate principles. Moves to make the running of the town more transparent, including the accounts, and to seek the views of the citizens on how it should be governed will be of interest to other municipalities and the country as a whole.
Featured image: CC BY-SA Pirátská strana
About Andrew Reitemeyer
I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar