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In the News "In a few weeks Amelia Andersdotter will be the second Pirate Party member to take a seat at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 24-year-old Swede was voted in more than two years ago, but due to bureaucratic quibbles her official appointment was delayed. TorrentFreak catches up with the soon-to-be youngest MEP to hear about her plans and expectations."
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RE[9]: Software Souls
by zima on Mon 28th Nov 2011 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Software Souls"
zima
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Oh, sure, it was mostly just about "bright future" (ask supporters of any popular politician how they see the future... and also, how they see the past; NVM how it really was BTW) which doesn't mean much in itself / gets always thrown around ;) (not saying she's not fine; probably at the very least one of more bearable people in EU Parliament now)

Still, while it's great, lets not get carried too far...
There are quite a few candidates in their 20s - and somebody has to be the youngest, right? Easier with a party which is about desires of mostly young people, one which caters largely to them at this point (surely you don't marvel at a choice of some geriatric politician by a party / electorate of pensioners ;p )

Also, different places vote for EU Parliament - so, when comparing who they choose, it's not strictly about relative virtues (NVM how even isolated political choices aren't too often strictly about them).
Amelia Andersdotter (while she does seem a very fine candidate), is also from a fairly progressive place... (for one, she's a woman - which in many places would lessen the chances of her being elected significantly)

And I don't know how it's ultimately set up in the UK, but here people going to EU parliament are, largely, invisible policy-followers of their parent party - national parliament seems more lucrative, politically. Ending up on the list of EU Parliament doesn't have to be a function of "experience" and such - for example, from what I see, it's sometimes even a way to brush aside some members from meddling into "real front"

Edited 2011-11-29 00:18 UTC

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