The Swedish Pirate Party was struck a cruel blow by the electorate yesterday by being awarded an estimated one per cent of the popular vote in Sweden's general elections.
It seems that not even international Talk like a Pirate Day could save the Pirate Party from losing big these elections, as the party failed to secure the four per cent needed to elect an MP. The country took an increasingly wide right-turn with parties like the right-wing anti-immigration Swedish Democrats taking 5.7 per cent of the vote (a total of 20 seats in Parliament) yet with the centre-right Moderate Party's coalition clinging on to power. This has resulted in a hung parliament and the dangerous scenario of one minor political force becoming far more powerful than it deserves (see the Liberal Democrats' Nick Clegg in the UK).
Of course this also means that torrent search site The Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks, will lose a great deal of political support, as well as the proposed plan to host and immunise them from accusation. This will complicate matters further for The Pirate Bay who will almost certainly lose their 'get out of jail free' card.
The party expressed its disappointment in a communiqué. Rick Falkvinge, the party's leader, recognises that some strategies weren't thoroughly thought-out and that - despite acting like a political beast with a traditionally political campaign engine - siding with the Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks - and just about any issues of culture, privacy and knowledge, were off the electorate's menu.
The Pirate Party managed to pull seven per cent of the vote in last year's European parliament elections and grabbed two seats, sticking it to the man. However, it had been lagging behind in the polls for quite some time now.