Oh, how sweet isn’t journamalism? This afternoon, Danish TV2 published this story:
Marianne Jelved hints about her resignation!
As Ms. Jelved has kept at firm grip on the leadership position in the Social Liberal Party and emphatically rejected all calls for her resignations during the last year, any hint of this kind would be very interesting indeed.
But look at the story and read closely:
Over for TV 2 Nyhedernes reporter Mette Østergaard afviste Jelved at kommentere sin afgang.
Men da Marianne Jelved blev foreholdt, at Holbæks borgmester, Jørn Sørensen, har sagt, at hun bør træde tilbage ved folketingsgruppens møde til august, svarede Jelved, at “Jørn Sørensen er en meget klog mand”.
Or in English:
Jelved refused to comment her departure to TV2 reporter Mette Østergaard, but when faced with the statement from the mayor of Holbæk, Jørn Sørensen, that Jelved should resign at the summer meeting of the parliamentary group, she stated stat “Jørn Sørensen is a very wise man”.
The concept Tv2 needs to learn the basics about is called sarcasm.
There are probably a number of good reasons why the Social Liberals might want to consider a change in their leadership – the most obvious is symbolic: Jelved more than anyone else personifies the Social Democratic – Social Liberal coalition from the 1990s and it has been difficult for her to get a new message across to the electorate. And the media of cause prefer to discuss persons and “strategies” instead of policies.
We should remember that the Social Liberal Party made a feast out of the crisis in the Social Democratic and Socialist parties at the 2005 elections but the centre-left’s weakness in strategic terms is also the Social Liberals’ problem in policy terms. But what if an autumn election yielded a Liberal – Conservative – Social Liberal – New Alliance majority? (No, I don’t think the prime minister will call an early election right now, but for the sake of the argument)