I think it is safe to say that Danish party conferences are no longer forums for debate between the party leadership and party activists. They are now primarily a vehicle for promoting the image of the party leadership. (Some reservations with regard to the Social Liberal Party)1
Subtlety may have been a Danish virtue in the past but these days it is quite ok to introduce the party leader with Richard Strauss (Danish People’s Party) and Tina Turner (Conservatives) at their most bombastic.
The Social Liberals are still the brains of the outfit (if you ask them). Which other party would have its candidate for the European Parliament use “because I know something about the European Union” as her main argument?
The Social Liberals are also still very much the State Party where people with degrees in public management move effortlessly between political and bureaucratic offices.
Generally, the selection of candidates for the European Parliament looks less than inspiring this time as well with a selection of former party leaders, loose cannons and less than well-known backbenchers. In a way, the Danish People’s Party deserves some cudos for coming up with Morten Messerschmidt. But somebody might want to instruct him in which songs are no-nos in Germany.
Also some reservations for conferences dedicated to election party leaders [↩]