Pirate Party wins a couple of votes in UK election

The Pirate Party is relatively happy with its election results, according to a statement issued today.

The off-kilter UK party was founded 10 months ago with a rather liberal approach to copyright and patent laws, privacy laws, and freedom of speech. As the name suggests, its members planned to bring in a myriad of changes in regard to how people can use and distribute files, but the results in the election were not enough to give them any real political sway.

The Pirate Party had nine candidates running, with results ranging from 90 to 236 votes, which isn’t bad for a bunch of Long John Silvers.

Andrew Robinson of the Worcester constituency and leader of the party got 173 votes or 0.4 percent.

Finlay Archibald of Glasgow Central got 120 votes or 0.4 percent.

Tim Dobson of Manchester Gorton got 236 votes or 0.6 percent.

Shaun Dyer of Leicester West got 113 votes or 0.3 percent.

David Geraghty of Derby North got 170 votes or 0.4 percent.

Graeme Lambert of Bury North got 131 votes or 0.4 percent.

Luke Leighton of Surrey South West got 94 votes or 0.2 percent.

Jack NunnCities of Westminster and London got 90 votes or 0.2 percent.

Alexander van Terheyden of Bethnal Green and Bow got 213 votes or 0.4 percent.

That’s a party total of 1,340 votes or 0.4 percent. While such a result would not have pleased Labour or the Tories the Pirate Party says it’s happy, claiming the campaign had been “relatively successful”.

“The Pirate Party UK has established a firm foundation on which to expand. We have accomplished our main goal of increasing public awareness of the party, and have gained vital experience in running an election campaign, we can look towards the future, and establish ourselves as a party that is here to stay,” it said in the statement.

It seems unlikely that the Pirate Party will ever be in government, given the nature of its policies, but it’s an interesting thing to ponder. It proposed to give people more rights to format shift, time shift, and share files for free, while not going as far as to allow people to profit from other people’s work.

The party also proposed tighter pirvacy laws preventing third parties from monitoring communication traffic, such as calls, emails, and downloads, and hoped to bring in net neutrality laws to prevent government censorship on most issues.

While these landlubbers may sink into the background as the big parties get on with trying to form a government it appears the flagship operation has set sail with the wind in its favour.