This past weekend....the German Pirate Party of Bavaria....had a meeting. Call it a strategy conference, or whatever....but the Pirates sat down and put a couple of key ideas on the table.
The emphasis? To attract the youth vote.
So there's the pitch. If you want to see weed legalized in Germany....you need to vote for the Pirate Party. If you want an entire ban on smoking or drinking advertisement (to include beer ad's on TV), then you need to vote for the Pirate Party. If you want the current public smoking ban (seen used mostly in Bavaria) tossed out....you need to vote for the Pirate Party. If you want school reform where a couple of bad grades in one or two areas....are enough to fail a kid.....to be tossed out, then you need to vote for the Pirate Party.
Enough to get the key five-percent vote, and recognized as a national party of significance? You just don't know. Everything the Pirates aim to accomplish....is geared toward the 18-to-25 year-old vote. Maybe they could pull in enough to get five percent of the vote.
The real hurdle for the Pirates? They need one spokesperson who can jump onto a stage and endure sixty minutes of political discussion and really put the old guys to shame. So far, there just hasn't been such a character out there. If you wanted national attention....you need that one person who can talk and make sense out of difficult political topics. Because of this one weakness.....it's hard for me to forecast any five-percent prediction for them. And I'll even admit this in public....I'd like to see them cross the five-percent point and force changes onto the other parties.