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Iceland's president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has asked the nation's Pirate Party to form government. A new proclamation and edict (PDF in Icelandic) gives Pirate captain Birgitta Jonsdottir a mandate to lead negotiations with rival parties in an attempt to find a working majority in the Alþingi, Iceland's Parliament. Jóhannesson …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Enquiring minds want to know..

    .. what's the impact on the dispute with Iceland the shop?

    1. frank ly

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

      A broadside then boarding and hand to hand fighting. It will be carnage.

      1. TheProf
        Pirate

        Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

        Pirates!

        https://vimeo.com/111458975

        (Monty Python style.)

        1. Teiwaz

          Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

          Pirates!

          https://vimeo.com/111458975

          (Monty Python style.)

          Pythons Icelandic Saga (Part II)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hExE6iLxfEw

      2. Kane Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

        "A broadside then boarding and hand to hand fighting. It will be carnage."

        "So what're you going to do when we catch them?"

        "Er. .." Vimes hadnt given this a lot of thought. But he recalled a very bad woodcut he'd once seen in a book about pirates. "We'll swing across on to them with our cutlasses in our teeth?" he said.

        "Really?" said Jenkins. "That's good. I haven't seen that done in years. Only ever seen it done once, in fact."

        "Oh, yes?"

        "Yes, this lad'd seen the idea in a book and he swung across into the other ship's rigging with his cutlass clenched, as you say, between his teeth."

        "Yes?"

        "Topless Harry, we wrote on his coffin."

    2. PNGuinn
      Go

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

      Lamb cutlets renamed lamb cutlass?

      ....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

        "Lamb cutlets renamed lamb cutlass?"

        A frozen joint of meat makes a good murder weapon.

        1. TheFinn

          Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

          ...that was Unexpected!

        2. davcefai

          Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

          There was a short story with this theme. Wife kills hubbie with a frozen leg of lamb, then cooks it. She then offers it to the detectives who unwittingly eat the murder weapon!

          Not sure of the author, maybe Roald Dahl.

          1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

            Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

            There was a short story with this theme. Wife kills hubbie with a frozen leg of lamb, then cooks it.

            Tales of the Unexpected "Lamb to the Slaughter"

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0717455/

        3. Scorchio!!
          Thumb Up

          Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

          Arr harr. and they nuggest make good grapeshot me hearty.

    3. macjules
      Thumb Up

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

      First web developer ever to be Prime Minister! Will September 19th (Talk Like a Pirate day) be a national holiday now in Iceland?

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

      If they form a government they get all the mums and Peter Andre has to walk the plank.

    5. Olius

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

      "Why are the Pirate Party in charge?"

      "Because they arrrrrr!"

      Sorry.

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    Excellent!

    A nation founded by nordic raiders will be able to do this!

    No effeminate faffing arround like in a french gouvernmental haute couture prostitution show.

    (Insert appropriate citation from Shakespeare's "Henry V", whatever it is)

    1. Ole Juul

      Re: Excellent!

      "(Insert appropriate citation from Shakespeare's "Henry V", whatever it is)"

      That would be

      Admit me Chorus to this history;

      Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,

      Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

      I'll be watching the show.

      1. Peter Prof Fox

        Re: Excellent!

        Show? SHOW? Saga is how the Pirate Party intend to play this one. There will be thrumming of bows and hissing of swords just for a start. Wolf-wind and rivers of spears are only a matter of time.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Excellent!

          Is there a Grendel in this saga?

        2. Danny 2 Silver badge

          Re: Excellent!

          Saga is cool, but I'm afraid she is Swedish. A great loss to Sys Admin.

    2. GrapeBunch

      Re: Excellent!

      "(Insert appropriate citation from Shakespeare's "Henry V", whatever it is)"

      Paraphrasing, I'm sure ...

      "There are homeless yet asleep but not abed in the streets of London and New York who forever will wish that on this glorious day they could have joined with we pirates on our volcanic isle. They will recount our exploits to their children and bless this day. For Birgitta ! And Iceland !"

      I don't have a proper Icelandic name, but with liberties taken, feel free to call me GrapeBunch Eriksson. Yes, my father's name is almost Erik.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Excellent!

      "No effeminate faffing arround like in a french gouvernmental haute couture prostitution show."

      The Normans came from the same Viking origins as the Icelanders.

      1. Teiwaz

        Re: Excellent!

        "The Normans came from the same Viking origins as the Icelanders."

        - They never held onto that much of their culture when they settled in France, and much the same after William the conquerer in Britain, and Cyprus (or was it Malta) Pretty much whereever the Normans went, if they settled, they dumped their own culture overboard and went native within a generation.

        Sell-outs...

        1. Lars Silver badge
          Happy

          Re: Excellent!

          "Sell-outs...". Well, why do I have this feeling you make it sound a bit "negative" and still it would not surprise me that much if you and so many of us have this feeling that the Muslims entering Europe should try perhaps a bit harder to integrate with "our" society. Interesting question and perhaps you have a point, but I think you are walking on thin ice without understanding it at all.

          But perhaps you are still an educated Brit who doesn't think all the 50 American states were British colonies or that the majority of people who went to the Americas were Brits but people from the rest of the world and that very few stopped over in England to learn English.

          What then happened to the Brits. You find Italian, Spanish and French parts in many American towns, not to mention Chinese and what not. But a British part of some town doesn't come to my mind. What happened to you and what about Australia and Canada, all British with old British culture. Hmm, is there some wistful thinking involved here. Perhaps you don't quite get it.

  3. David Pollard

    Indeed we live in interesting times

    Pirates take the reins in an advanced capitalist democracy while China's brand of communism further outlaws the development and use of open source software.

  4. Oengus

    The Trifecta

    OK so who had the trifecta of

    Brexit

    Trump for President

    Pirate Party to rule in Iceland

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    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: The Trifecta

      Dear £deity, if I'd put a fiver on an accumulator I'd be retiring today!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: The Trifecta

        I think I saw that if you put a fiver last September on Leicester, Brexit and Trump, you'd have won ~ £3m.

        That's a brave man who puts on that kind of acca though.

        1. Geoffrey W

          Re: The Trifecta

          Putting a fiver on anything isn't particularly brave. Its a fiver. Here, you can have one of mine...

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: The Trifecta

            Ok, I should have said that not cashing out that fiver after the Leicester title win would have been brave ( £5 @ 5000/1 )

  5. Winkypop Silver badge
    Pirate

    The Crimson Permanent Assurance

    If the take over is not done in the style of Gilliam's "The Crimson Permanent Assurance", then they are a poor excuse for a Pirate Party!

    1. Teiwaz

      Re: The Crimson Permanent Assurance

      That'd be good....

      When Britain 'eventually' becomes an inevitable Republic, I'm voting for 'The Liberty Bell' as the new national anthem...

      I'd be equally happy with take-over done Skies of Arcadia style though.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    third time's a charm

    Is this Buggins Turn or Hobson's Choice ?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: third time's a charm

      "Is this Buggins Turn or Hobson's Choice ?"

      Noggin's turn?

  7. Richard 12 Silver badge

    I still love the Icelandic Parliament

    It's called "A Thingy".

    I wonder if there is a "Wossname" somewhere.

    (That character is a 'thorn', pronounced 'th', used to be common in early written English as well. Often rendered similar to 'y', hence 'ye old coffee shop'. Then it vanished from these shores.)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I still love the Icelandic Parliament

      Ah - I wondered what the "y" character with an "accent" squiggle was in the William Bradford "Of Plimoth Plantation" document featured on BBC TV last week.

      See "[...] upon y conditions following [...]" at timeline 49m37s

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084fmgq/the-mayflower-pilgrims-behind-the-myth

      (iPlayer geographic limits)

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pirates

    Of course, let's not forget that the term "Tory" comes from an old Irish word for Pirate, so some places have been ahead of the trend...

  9. JJKing
    Coat

    Party discipline?

    I suppose if any of their members vote against them in Parliament they will be forced to "walk the plank" as a reprisal. Reprisal, that be an excellent pirate word, arrrrr.

    Will the Prime Minister's title be renamed to Captain? Arrrr

  10. Fizzle
    Pirate

    Can we please just be serious for once..

    ...and stop all this buggering about with English and stuff (Yee Haw, avast there be harties etc).

    What I really want to know is why the hell haven't we got a jolly decent party like this to vote for here in't UK?

    I can even forgive them for the cod wars of the seventies, cod bless 'em!

    Lang may ye rool, me lads (O hell, I'm at it now, must be infectious or summat).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Can we please just be serious for once..

      "What I really want to know is why the hell haven't we got a jolly decent party like this to vote for here in't UK?"

      IIRC some of the Monster Raving Loony Party's proposed policies were eventually nicked by the mainstream parties.

      1. John G Imrie

        Re: Can we please just be serious for once..

        They used to have a list on their web site, but that was obviously to sensible. Try http://mentalfloss.com/uk/politics/38967/monster-raving-loony-party-policies-that-were-enacted

    2. Tempest 3K
      Pint

      Re: Can we please just be serious for once..

      You mean like this one?: http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/

  11. Lion

    Liberal, Conservative, Socialist and Rhinos

    Canada may be compelled to resurrect the Rhinoceros Party after this win in Iceland.

    The Rhinoceros Party was a registered political party in Canada from the 1960s to the 1990s. Some members of the Rhino party would call themselves Marxist-Lennonist, which meant the term in reference to Groucho Marx and John Lennon.

    Their platform had many campaign promises and here are just a few ...

    They pledged to eliminate small businesses, and replace them with very small businesses, having less than one employee. Repealing the law of gravity. Providing higher education by building taller schools.

    Obviously a party that was not 'serious' about governing, they did at times garner lots of votes. In some elections they beat either the Liberal or Conservative Party candidate in some ridings. They also declared victory after one election, claiming all candidates were Rhinoceroses, whether they knew or acknowledged it: thick-skinned, short-sighted, mean-tempered, etc.

    1. Mike VandeVelde
      Thumb Up

      Re: Liberal, Conservative, Socialist and Rhinos

      I remember "bar cars on the skytrain" >D

  12. PacketPusher
    Pirate

    Do Over

    Anyone know at what point do they give up and have new elections?

  13. Don Quioxte

    Tis enough to make me want to learn Icelandic!

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