[pp.int.general] Pirate Party UK Critism
eric.priezkalns at pirateparty.org.uk
Sat Oct 3 21:50:01 CEST 2009
On 3 Oct 2009, at 19:17, Kai Mast wrote:
> I don't know about England. What do you mean with you need money to
> place a candidate? In Germany we just need signatures... do I get
> something wrong here?
Erm... I mean we in the UK need money in order to offer a candidate in
every seat in every election. Not every country has the same
democratic procedures. In the UK, if we get enough votes, the party
gets its money back. If we don't get enough votes, we don't get the
money back. Currently the threshold for the general election is 5%,
so every seat where we get less than 5% of votes, we lose our deposit
of GBP500. That means that if we matched the German result of 2%
overall, 3% in some places, it would cost us around 350,000 Euros if
we had a candidate standing for every seat, and we would need that
money to begin with, just to be allowed to compete in every seat.
That is why I don't feel bad that raising money is central to the
strategy for PPUK.
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