The parliamentary leader of the Pirate Party says he understands how the prime minister can be fearful of the Pirate Party’s support holding so strong all the way to the next election. He says, on the other hand, that he does not understand which values would be put at risk if the Pirates won 30-40 percent support, as the PM has said he fears.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in a feature interview in DV yesterday that if the Pirates receive 30-40 percent of votes in the next election, it would lead Icelandic society in a very different direction which would make it difficult to maintain the values we cherish and have been building on for decades.
He believes it would be very worrying for society if a revolutionary party; a party with very unclear ideas on democracy; a party which wants to revolutionize the very pillars of society; attained influence. Luckily, he says, he doesn’t believe that is going to happen.
Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, the leader of the Pirates’ parliamentary group, says he does not know precisely which ‘values’ the PM is talking about. “He talks about some sort of values that the Icelanders have been building up for decades and I think it’s unclear what he means by that, but either way, the values we have been putting the most emphasis on are democratic improvements,” he says.
Helgi says he does not agree with Sigmundur Davíð that it would be worrying for society if the Pirates gained influence, but says he understands why the PM might say that.
“Of course he thinks it would be worrying, and of course our political opponents would think it worrying; and I don’t see why he would say anything else or how I should respond to it, to be honest,” he told Vísir.
Sigmundur Davíð believes the Pirate Party’s incredibly strong showing in opinion polls will not be replicated in the actual election. Helgi Hrafn neither agrees nor disagrees; saying that a lot can happen in the two years until the next election.