In case anybody wants to hear me speak, Steffen’s site is the place to be. To somebody my age, teh interweb is still fascinating: You can have a New York – Copenhagen – Odense Gabfest.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt was in TV2 News’ “Hot Chair” – this was recorded before BT published the latest instalment of Stephen Kinnock’s and her tax story. I have no idea about what impact this could have.
Back to Thorning: She talks. A lot. I mean: Really a lot.
The main message I heard, though, was that the aim of a future SocDem-SF government was to keep DF away from political influence. It may be a bit difficult to attract DF voters that way. Otherwise, Thorning’s big problem is that she tries not to be specific on policy issues. Cutting the early retirement benefit has a visible target group – “12 minutes” doesn’t. And so on. As far as I could hear, she also wanted to raise the number of public employees in the coming term – exactly how this is to be financed was left hanging.
Finally, I suspect that she wasn’t too happy about having to use the first 15 minutes of the programme explaining the SocDem-SF stance of integration. It is not a big issue to the voters at this election (despite Berlingske Tidende trying to convince us that immigration is still a game-changer) but I didn’t feel much more informed after the programme.
If we look at the electoral platforms, there are some pretty important differences between the left and the right – and where Thorning got to discuss economic and labour market policies, this showed. The “12 minutes” is about hiding the costs of demographic change – but it is also about reinstating the parties on the labour market in the political process after a decade of Liberal government.
Still, I think this (the decision about passing Bank Package IV by the Fiscal Committee of the Folketing in the middle of the election campaign) was today’s most important piece of news.