Cash Cab Norway: Jens Stoltenberg Edition

Jens Stoltenberg Political Cash Cab

If your Labour party is trailing in the polls against the opposition Conservatives, just ask yourself: what would Jens do? Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister, would pose as a cab driver and spend the day picking people up and dropping them off. It’s political cash cab!

Jens Stoltenberg said he had wanted to hear from real Norwegian voters and that taxis were one of the few places where people shared their true views. He also really wanted more votes.

“It is important for me to hear what people really think,” he told Norwegian media.

“And if there is one place people really say what they think about most things, it’s in the taxi.”

In true cash cab fashion, his passengers were clueless as to who their driver would be and their reactions were captured on a hidden camera. Disguised in a uniform and sunglasses, Jens Stoltenberg only revealed his identity after the passengers had guessed who he was. The conversations tended to turn to politics and Jens got in some decent discussions.

One slight glitch in an otherwise perfectly orchestrated election campaign stunt however, was the fact that Jens can’t really drive… Norway’s PM faced some criticism over his driving skills, at one point mistaking the brake pedal for the clutch.

One passenger was quoted as saying: “I am not really happy about the driving,” and another, “Your driving is really bad.”

Stoltenberg then admitted he hadn’t driven in eight years. He is usually driven around by a chauffeur in a black government car.

Asked if he would consider becoming a taxi driver if he loses the re-election, Stoltenberg said:

“I think the nation and Norwegian taxi passengers are best served if I am the prime minister and not a taxi driver.”

Perhaps. But if Jens doesn’t win the September 9th election, he can always come to North America. We’re always looking for overqualified foreign cab drivers.

Via: Wall Street Journal

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