The Danish Conservatives held their annual convention this weekend facing a weak performance in recent opinion polls but it seems that there are no ways to get a transcript of Bendt Bendtsen’s speech – if you really, really feel for it, then the thing in its entirety can be watched on YouTube.
Apparently the big stunt was having Bendtsen answer “questions from ordinary Danes” during his speech. The questions were of cause carefully prepared in advance. According to reports (academics will note that I’m relying on second-hand sources here), the convention had three – or two-and-a-half big themes: Abolishing the regional level of government (an old Conservative war-horse – and yes, the regions only started their work this January), lower taxes (at some point in time) and a promise to fight other parties’ promises for higher public budgets.
The initiative which made the biggest impact came the day before the convention started, however, when the former party leader Pia Christmas-Møller called for a referendum on the coming EU Treaty. Christmas-Møller’s statement was somewhat surprising given that the government has tried to keep the issue out of the public arena and that the Liberals want to avoid a referendum. Fellow Conservatives Helge Adam Møller and Per Stig Møller were less than amused by Christmas-Møller’s actions. (These Møllers are not related – but all of them belong to traditional Conservative families)
Edit: WordPress and the YouTube link did not play ball.