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Norway Goes Right Wing (for Norway…)

Erna Solberg Norway Right Wing

Norwegian centre-right leader Erna Solberg is set to form a new government after Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg lost the election on Monday.

Apparently Jens didn’t pick up enough potential voters in his political cash cab. At least now he’ll have more free time to work on his driving skills.

Poor Jens. And poor Norway, because it looks as though Norway’s anti-immigration Progress party is likely to join forces with the winning party in a centre-right coalition. The anti-immigrant party is keen to enter government for the first time, which has made some Norewgians a little uneasy. Why? Because Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing psycho who massacred 77 people in 2011, was once a member of the party. However, that was young Anders Behring Breivik. Eventually he left the party, choosing more radical anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant views.

Nevertheless, the Progress Party, led by Siv Jensen, took a hit after the massacre. Since then the party attempted to soften its anti-immigrant image by dropping some of its controversial members and has now rebounded with around 15 percent support in the polls. Although they still don’t care too much for immigrants…

Anyways, the new PM, Erna Solberg, – also known as Iron Erna – is expected to form a government and take office by Oct. 14.  The first Conservative Prime Minister since 1990 described her win as “a historic election victory for the right-wing parties“. Or by American standards, a historic election victory for slightly less left-wing parties.

Via: New York Times

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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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