Feeds

Pirate Party UK sinks on maiden voyage

Bad night for anti-copyright parrot boys

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The Pirate Party UK put in a dismal performance at the General Election last night, after its nine candidates garnered a total of just 1,127 votes between them with one result still to come in.

The party's leader, Andrew Robinson - who picked up just 173 votes in Worcester - claimed his anti-copyright outfit had a "relatively successful" contest at the ballot box.

Meanwhile, Jack Nunn pulled in the least amount of votes for the PPUK in the Cities of London & Westminster battle for a seat in Parliament, with just 90 people marking 'X' for that particular pirate on the ballot paper.

Of course it perhaps didn't help that he was up against a genuine pirate in the form of Mad Cap'n Tom, who grabbed 84 votes from the electorate in that constituency.

Its Manchester Gorton candidate, Tim Dobson, picked up the biggest number of votes on the night with 236 supporters.

Overall PPUK, which was formed in June last year, picked up 0.3 per cent of the vote in the constituencies where the party's members stood for election. One outcome - in Bethnal Green & Bow - is still to be determined.

Unsurprisingly, the party argued in a statement this morning that had its poorly-funded band of men stood for seats across the country, it would have secured 90,000 votes nationally.

"0.3% swing to Pirates - pretty amazing for a party less than a year old, well done all! Under PR that would be 2 MPs," proclaimed an excitable Robinson on his Twitter account in the early hours of this morning. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.