1. I am among the losers of the office sweepstake. Before the summer I guessed that 20 September would be the election date. Boo-hoo.
(Jarl Cordua, I think it was, pointed out that the Social Democrats hold their annual conference on 17-18 September and obviously the government wouldn’t give them media time just in the days before the election. Should have thought about that)
2. Conflicting polls. Has Gallup caught something, is this due to statistical calculations, or what is going on? I don’t know – but we do have cases of changes in the public mood during campaign.
3. I missed the Løkke-Thorning “duel” but sat through the party leaders’ debate on DR1 later in the evening. Present: Economics. Absent: Immigration, environment, Europe.
The debate wasn’t surprising but to me it was fundamentally ok and it was obvious that the party leaders were quite well-reheased. As they should be by now.
I somehow felt that Villy Søvndal made a relatively weak presence – not quite sure why (maybe because SF let S take the lead?). We shall see how SF performs during the campaign and remember that 10+% of the vote is historically good for the party.
4. I am curious about this employment initiative from the Social Liberals. Not only does the party appear to have reversed its position on local job centres from 2004 and 2006, it also antagonises the Social Democrats. Does the “Red Corner” agree on anything related to economic policy?
5. It took 12 hours before a journalist started babbling about this being a “presidential election”. Why, oh why, won’t Danish journalists accept the simple fact that a) party leaders play a relatively modest role compared to policy positions and b) Denmark has a 8 (or 9)-party parliamentary system? Sigh… 🙁