blog Thought it was only Australia’s major political parties which had ferocious internal political struggles? Think again. According to a lengthy blog post by Pirate Party Australia deputy secretary Mozart Palmer, the local division of the Pirate Party is having branglings so bad with the international Pirate umbrella organisation that some think it should secede altogether. Palmer writes (we recommend you click here for the full blog post):
“When I joined Pirate Party Australia, I heard about Pirate Parties International (PPI), the umbrella organisation that many Pirate Parties are members of. I was highly interested in its goal of promoting co-operation between Pirate Parties, and initially fully supportive of the organisation.
Over the past twelve months, my view of PPI has gone from being one of enthusiastic support, to one of weariness, and now it has reached total opposition. In this article I will be explaining why I now hold that view. Many Pirates I am in regular contact with know of my disappointment with PPI, and some of the reasons. I felt it was time to compile those reasons into a statement which can be used to support movements within Pirate Party Australia to withdraw from PPI.”
I can’t say I’m surprised to find this kind of imbroglio occurring at the Pirate Party, not am I surprised to see a party concerned with direct democracy and radical transparency airing its dirty laundry so publicly. As its several botched electoral registration attempts have shown, the Pirate Party of Australia is still a very young political party which is still developing its processes; and so is the international parent movement which it is a small part of. My advice to Palmer and his party colleagues, as it has been in the past, is to calm down and get Pirate Party Australia in order. Then try and build long-term relationships with key players in Europe. This is the only way political parties become strong in the long term — when they present unified faces to the world. Disclosure: This may be tougher in practice than it sounds on paper ;)
Also, just to check … has Pirate Party Australia registered for the upcoming 2013 Federal Election yet? If not, I recommend the party focus on this as an immediate goal. The election could, after all, be called at any time.