[pp.int.general] Uppsala declaration: the suicidal, nonsensical, unacceptable part
aiarakoa at yahoo.es
Mon Jun 30 11:29:01 CEST 2008
I hope that Anton's version comes -"merely a proposition", "not an absolute statement", "a draft", "pretty open", etc- to be the good one, instead of Marten's "finalised" declaration, "basic plattform for the European Parliaments election of 2009". Basically because, while some parts may be acceptable for PIRATA and some others may be arguable -we miss several things-, there is one special part that it's nonsensical, suicidal and -according to PIRATA's Statute- unacceptable:
"In the European Parliament, it is the party groups that are the key to getting influence. Once elected, we will discuss with the groups that could be of interest, to determine which group is closest to us, and join that group.
Inside the group, we will do our utmost to persuade the other members of the group to join our position on the issues that fall within our political platform. In return, we´ll listen to the advice of the group on all other issues, and vote with the group unless we have some strong reasons not to"
In the name of whatever do you believe in, what were you thinking about when you wrote such paragraphs?
- joining a Parliamentary Group means ruining our ideological neutrality, and it's the shortest way to our political hara-kiri; get the Spanish United Left example, where they had 22 seats in 1996 until their new Chairman decided that they preferred socialists in charge rather than popular, at any cost ... and that's what they got, as nowadays they only have 2 seats and have lost 1 million and a half voters; when Party B mimicks Party A, nobody chooses the succedaneous if having access to the original brand, parties without personality are condemned to death
- what does do our utmost mean? so, are you suggesting to join a parliamentary group without having any grant of them supporting our stances?
- in return of nothing -as you have no grant of them supporting us-, you're suggesting to vote with the group -in non-core issues!!!!!- ... of course, unless we have some strong reasons not to -what about ... keeping our neutrality in non-core issues?-
- finally, what does "groups that could be of interest" mean? there are only 7 groups in Europarliament -People's Party, Socialists, Liberals, Europe of the Nations, Greens, United/Nordic Green Leftists, and the euroskepticals (Lega Norte, Polish Family Party, Ortodox, etc)-; nobody writes such statement without having clear, at least, which groups couldn't be of interest, so being only 7 groups, in which groups are you thinking exactly about?
PIRATA's Statute states in article 25.a.2 -it's not pretty well translated but it may serve its purpose- that ""PIRATA" will not be part in any coalition government, nor will give
inconditional support to any of the parties represented on the chambers
of the different parliaments where "PIRATA" obtains paliamentary
representation", so we're not going to join such proposal. Because, being as tiny as we currently are, we aren't willing to pave the way to our own political death. Regards,
( Aiarakoa )
Partido Pirata National Board's Chairman
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