Now, that I have read UgebrevetA4’s story, I don’t have too many comments: The arguments generally seem reasonable and when it comes to individuals, it is very hard to predict who will be part of the next government.
Anyway, here goes:
I can understand why the Social Democrats would want Education – but on the other hand, this is Social Liberal life-blood. It is true that they ceded the portfolio to the Liberals during the 1988-1990 government but they were handsomely rewarded portfolio-wise. We should at least expect some intense rounds of negotiations here or a seriously expanded Research portfolio.
Villy Søvndal has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Council (which should not be confused with the Foreign Affairs Committee) for the past years but I still wonder if it is a good idea to choose the Foreign Affairs portfolio. Obviously, Søvndal will have Ole Sohn to run the daily business, and there are equally big risks linked with taking up, say, Social Affairs or Interior, but if I was in the SF leadership, I would at least consider the choice of portfolio thoroughly.
To me, the most fascinating part of the A4 article was the speculation that Helle Thorning-Schmidt might make her advisor Bjarne Corydon “Coordination Minister”. There are some legal differences, but the model presented by A4 comes close to the German system with a “Chef des Bundeskanzleramt“. It is probably more likely that Thorning-Schmidt’s personal advisor will not formally enter the government but it would be an interesting innovation in the Danish system if it happened.