Monday, April 29, 2013

Pirates ahoy!

Iceland went to the polls on Saturday, and returned the centre-right to power. That's right: the same parties who were dramatically kicked out four years ago for causing the country's banking crisis are now back in, largely because of the austerity required to clean up the mess they made. And now they'll no doubt go back to the same lax oversight which caused the mess in the first place...

But the interesting news is that the election saw Pirate party Iceland win three seats, becoming the first Pirate Party to win seats in a national legislature. They're there to push for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a widescale law-reform to protect freedom of expression. The IMMI has been backed by members of all parties, and hopefully they'll see it become law.