Today, a number of leading Danish Social Democratic MPs moved on in order to seek new challenges.
Or to use a phrase less contaminated by managementspeak: Helle Thorning Schmidt sacked the chairman of the parliamentary group, Jan Pedersen, and the party’s political spokesman, Lotte Bundsgaard.
Several other spokesmen also had to leave their posts in a reshuffle that made room for representatives of what is now commonly known as “the Frank Jensen-wing” in the party.
As political spokesman, Lotte Bundsgaard had been criticized for lacking the ability to mobilise Social Democratic members and potential voters but she managed to comment her sacking with one of the deadliest soundbites from modern Danish politics:
One of my tasks has been to comment the opinion polls and it’s beyond any doubt that appearing like another Comical Ali every time a new poll was published wasn’t the funniest job in the world.
Groucho Marx couldn’t have said it any better.