Monday, September 12, 2005

Election night Sep 12th, 2005

Socialists ahead in the vote count

This night, Norway is about to lose its centre-right government and get the most left-winged socialist government for decades. Right now we're looking at a coalition government with a majority in the parliament, a coalition consisting of special-interest Farmers Party (Senterpartiet), anti-US/anti-NATO/anti-capitalism Socialist Left (Sosialistisk Venstreparti) and the slightly more sensible Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet). If they win, they will be elected because of the financial support from the largest labour union (LO), which has been promised considerable influence over the cabinet.

This honestly scares me. Norway is a rich country, and we can probably afford a socialist government. But I fear the devastating long-term consequences such a government can have on our economy and society. I've decided to start blogging about the new government (if they do indeed win), their politics and the consequences. It won't be a neutral blog, but I will tell you what happens, good and bad.

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