Pirates do well in Iceland

pirate-bayIceland’s Pirate Party has won ten seats in the nation’s 63-seat parliament which means that it is close to forming a rag-tag government with others holding similar views.

Píratar, to use the party’s Icelandic name, secured 14.5 percent of the vote. Since Píratar had three seats in the last Alþingi it has made some major strides.

The Independence Party, which has dominated Icelandic politics for decades, won 21 seats, two more than it did last time. However,  current coalition partner, the Progressive Party’s vote collapsed. Former Progressive Party prime minister Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson resigned after being named in The Panama Papers.

Píratar’s chums, such as the Left-Green Movement scored 10 seats, Bright Future got four and the Social Democratic Alliance three.  If all those parties could form a coalition Píratar, they’d be five seats short of a majority.

Regeneration, a new party that recently splintered the Independence Party and took seven seats, has previously ruled out going into coalition with either the Independence or Progressive parties so they will probably sit by themselves sulking in the corner never invited to anyone’s party.

However, Regeneration also shares some Pirate values –  it’s pro-Europe, wants the nation to accept more refugees and favours a strong welfare and public health system.  It might change its mind if it gets a decent offer.