For reasons unrelated to the campaign I crashed at 9:30 last night and slept for 12 hours. That Finnish virus is still troubling me. But I missed Liberal Alliance’s presentation on DR1.
1. Groundhog campaign. On Monday, TV2 had Mette Frederiksen and Søren Pind debating. On Tuesday, DR2 had … wait for it … Mette Frederiksen and Søren Pind debating. I tried to watch TV2 News’ gathering of “left corner” spokesmen which was a pretty dull affair. Obviously nobody wants to make too much of a fuzz with a victory in sight.
2. Or perhaps they do. I have noted that RV have announced an employment programme which would keep job centres at the local authorities and (from a Social Democratic standpoint, even worse) put unemployment funds out of the activation policies. Peter Mose informs us of a very different initiative from the SocDems which would (symbolically, but symbols still matter) rename the Employment Ministry (Beskæftigelsesministeriet) as the Ministry of Labour (Arbejdsministeriet), the name the portfolio held between 1942 and 2001.1 More importantly, the SocDems would transfer control over labour market policies back to a regional level with employers’ associations and trade unions having a large role.
As a side note: One of the questionable results of abandoning the counties has been that local authorities took over responsibility for people with severe disabilities; something which has led to local authorities calling for care for the disabled to be cut. Maybe a new government ought to do a rethink here. It is not a major vote winner, of course, but there are cases where local authorities are too small.
3. So, Denmark is officially not in a recession. The question is what real difference +0.1% does compared with -0.1%.
- Remember: It is the Labour Movement, not the Employment Movement [↩]