Just as you thought it couldn’t possibly get any weirder – just imagine the Social Democrats being the third-largest party in Denmark according to come opinion polls – things got really, really weird.
First, we had DR’s poll analyst going out of character and relaying stories that high-ranking people in the Social Democratic leadership had actively worked to sabotage Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen’s presentation of the general welfare benefit reform by leaking the government’s growth plan. Then, DR retracted the story the next day.
Obviously, the various tax reforms aren’t doing anything good for the government in general and the Social Democrats and SF in particular but at least it looks like the new SF leadership is trying to give the impression that it cares about the reactions among rank-and-file members. Exactly where the SD leadership is, remains a mystery.
But the question is: Even if Mette Frederiksen, despite holding one of the more difficult portfolios in the government, remains the most popular politician in Denmark, would 1) she be a direct threat to the SD leadership, 2) the SD leadership have anything to gain by undermining one of its own front bench-ministers and 3) a change in leadership mean anything, given that the party has committed itself to the economic policies of the EU?
Anyway: If 2) applies, the Social Democrats look suicidal. And if the leak came from anywhere else in the Social Democratic parliamentary group or organisation, the leadership has a serious problem.