Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The shape of things to come?

The Norwegian left has triumphed in that country's elections, winning an absolute majority from a right-wing government which had promised tax-cuts for the rich.

Let's hope this is the start of a trend...


Don't count on it. Denmark booted the socialists a few months ago, Sweden's opposition is leading the Social Democrats for the first time in a decade (election next Sept) and the German socialists are in serious trouble coming into this weekend's election. Japan just brought Koizumi back on a promise of privatisation, Howard and Bush were also returned within the last year. There is Britain, but neither left nor right seem to want Blair at the moment. Trends seem to be in some other direction at the moment, at least in broadly comparable countries.

Posted by Chefen : 9/14/2005 04:42:00 AM

I/S did say "start"...
I wonder what the trend is in india...

Posted by Genius : 9/14/2005 06:32:00 AM

Ha ha. Yeah, whatever.

Posted by Chefen : 9/14/2005 06:41:00 AM

Just read the full story in a Scandinavian newspaper. Whilst the Red/Green clearly increased their votes and have more seats in parliament they in fact recieved 21,000 less votes than the parties of the right (they do not have a nation-wide proportional representation system).
A win but hardly a triumph...
(Also the virulently xenophobic Progress Party went from 26 to 37 MPs - sadly the nasty side of homogenous social democratic societies)

Posted by Anonymous : 9/14/2005 07:41:00 AM

"sadly the nasty side of homogenous social democratic societies"
As opposed to the heterogenous christo-fascist societies where God is in charge (or at least manning the pumps in New Orleans) of their Leader?

Posted by Hans Versluys : 9/14/2005 10:21:00 AM