This may not have been the most inspired of campaigns but according to DR, viewer numbers for election broadcasts in general and yesterday’s final televised debate have been higher than for the 2005 campaign.
According to a report – whose url I unforgivably haven’t saved – the number of postal votes were about the same this year as in 2005. That would indicate a turn-out of around 85%.
Besides Saturday’s spy story – whose effects remains to be seen – local income taxes became a major issue during the final stage of the campaign.
To make a long story short, local councils have overshot the targets for taxes and spending laid down in an agreement between the government and the Confederation of Local Councils. As it was, the government should have capped councils’ tax rates and budgets but on Friday, the government declared that it would instead offset the local tax rises by lowering state income taxes.
The move left economic observers concerned about the effects of the fiscal policy – they fear that further expansion of an already expansive fiscal policy will make the Danish economy unstable in the medium term – but it can be seen as another proof of the defensive nature of much of this year’s campaigning.
Finally, Naser Khader yields to pressure and will not call for the government’s resignation and a new round of negotiations after the election.
The European Union? Er – let’s talk about that … later.