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Pirates Want to Discuss Government Contract

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Members of the Pirate Party. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Pirate Party would like to begin negotiations now on the possibility of forming a coalition government with other parties in Iceland, RÚV reports. Thus, they would like to have a government contract in place before the Icelandic nation holds an election.

At a press conference yesterday, Pirates announced they have invited the Left-Green Movement, the Social Democratic Alliance, Bright Future and the Reform Party to negotiations right away, almost two weeks before parliamentary elections, scheduled October 29. The party plans to turn in a report on those negotiations to voters two days before the elections.

“There is a tradition in Icelandic politics for promises always to be broken following elections, and people excuse themselves with ‘a political impossibility,’ as we all know. [The terminology was used in February, 2014, by Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson when he was asked why no referendum was planned, as promised before elections, on Iceland’s continuing membership negotiations with the European Union.] The tradition is for parties who form government to use the excuse that they had to agree to a compromise when forming government. That’s how they repeatedly succeed in betraying voters,” a statement from Pirate Party representatives Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Einar Brynjólfsson and Smári McCarthy reads.

“We, Pirates, want to prevent a political impossibility. We want systematic changes. We’re not going to deceive voters. We won’t participate in a coalition with parties unable to commit to certain actions before elections,” the statement continues.

Five issues are emphasized by the party: a new constitution for the country, a fair distribution of profits from natural resources, rebuilding free healthcare, increased public access to decision making, rebuilding trust and fighting corruption.

In an interview with RÚV this morning, Smári McCarthy stated that some parties had welcomed the invitation, but that others are more cautious.

The chairs of the Left-Green Movement and the Social Democratic Alliance are positive toward this invitation and say that it’s in their spirit. The reaction of the Reform Party is that they’re not likely to agree to this. Bright Future, too, has great doubts and its chair, Björt Ólafsdóttir, calls the move ‘politics of deceit.’

Smári’s response to that was, “In fact it has been the politics of deceit in recent decades to put voters in a position where they don’t know the terms they’re agreeing to. It’s not like we haven’t been discussing this, We’ve been talking about it for a year and a half.”

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