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08 June 2009

Pirate Party claims EU booty: confirmed The Pirate Party won 7.1 percent of votes, taking one of Sweden's 18 seats in the EU parliament.
Yay! At least there's one bit of good news out of this mess.
posted by TheophileEscargot 08 June | 02:29
Meanwhile, in blighty, we're busy voting for racists. These bastards took two seats in the North. I'm preaching to the choir here, but in case you've been living under a rock, they're nasty pieces of work.

I'm actually quite upset about it.
posted by seanyboy 08 June | 02:42
Oh wow, they wee saying that EU had a lot of votes for rightwing racist style parties all over the place, I'd do a post in the blue if I could remember all the other countries that did something interesting. Ireland barely voted at all. Latvia voted for a Russian minority left-wing dude. Oddness. I can't even remember which country it was but they had 26 small parties to choose from.
posted by dabitch 08 June | 03:14
Oh and our wee version of BNP has steadily climbed in the polls and got a lot more votes than last time too. What's with the far right winds all over europe?
posted by dabitch 08 June | 03:26
The BNP hasn't actually got any more votes this time around - it's the other parties getting fewer that's allowed them to win seats.
posted by cillit bang 08 June | 03:37
Well my party kicked unbelievable amounts of ass here in Scotland and we are all happy! And I am having a sober month so AM NOT HUNGOVER! I MADE MY TARGET IN THE AREA I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR! I actually made my target!
posted by By the Grace of God 08 June | 03:42
Oh and the BNP are fucking assholes. They were at teh count last night i was attending and talking huge shit. They don't let black people in their party, who the fuck is voting for these people! They got too many votes here in Scotland, altho the Greens did better (they got a round of applause from everyone at the count last night)!

We have to unite and fight fascism. Labour put out a leaflet to the tune of "please to be voting for Labour for what to keep the BNP out." That doesn't help, people! Antifascist campaigning needs to be NON PARTISAN.
posted by By the Grace of God 08 June | 03:45
Hear hear!
Euro-sceptic Danish People’s Party posted the biggest gain in the Danish vote in Sunday’s European election - they don't just mean the EU when they say "give us Denmark back", they're very hostile toward "new Danes", so there's another right wing posse moving forward.

Dismal turnout as well: Only 43 percent of the 375 million people eligible to vote in 27 countries visited the polls, according to European Parliament figures, continuing a fall in interest since elections for MEPs were first held 30 years ago.
posted by dabitch 08 June | 03:56
43 percent turnout seems pretty high from to me. Our congressional elections in the US typically only get less than 40% turnout.
posted by octothorpe 08 June | 05:52
Chuckdarwin made a post on the blue, quick, fill it with more links. :) hate wins
posted by dabitch 08 June | 06:46
Sweden had better be careful -- these guys have a history of paying for only one seat.
posted by stilicho 08 June | 08:35
posted by dabitch 08 June | 08:41
Doesn't it seem a little oxymoronic for a nationalist party to want to join an international body?
posted by octothorpe 08 June | 08:46
Not to totally derail, but I never heard/read what the voter turn-out was for the US Presidential election. Good? Bad? Percentages?
posted by deborah 08 June | 12:32
Thanks for that, 'pode. So, better than it's been but still not good.
posted by deborah 08 June | 13:07
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