The “noir” in the title has nothing to do with fascism: My inspiration to this post comes from the cartoonist Franquin’s famous Idées Noires which revealed a dystopian and rather dark side to his work. Another inspiration came from a discussion some weeks ago on Twitter where I promised an alternative take on the Danish parties.
If you have the courage: Read on.
The Red-Green Alliance
I never quote Margaret Thatcher approvingly. Still, the quip “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money” automatically comes to mind. No rule without exceptions, in other other words.
The Socialist People’s Party
SF was founded in 1958 as the other Social Democracy. It is a party which has thrived as a back seat driver ever since. But what does a back seat driver do when the driver has collapsed behind the wheel?
The Social Democrats
The Social Democrats were a child of the urban industrialisation. They died with the disappearance of urban industry.
The Social Liberals
The Social Liberals are the party of the Very Serious People (to use Paul Krugman’s term). When the VSP are wrong, so much the worse for reality.
Ayn Rand. Just louder and more primitive. (In fact, they would love seeing themselves described in this way).
The Conservative People’s Party
A people’s party without people? Doesn’t make sense. Instead the party has mutated into the back seat drivers of the right wing. The big difference between the Conservatives and SF is that nobody in the Liberal Party cares about the Conservatives.
Over the years, the Liberals have made so many U-turns in policy terms that even professional acrobats would suffer from vertigo if they tried to follow them. Still, what gets you votes and into office is what counts.
The Danish People’s Party
The longest-running film series in Denmark? No, not “Olsen Banden” but “Far til Fire” (“Father of Four”), based on a cartoon series from the 1940s. Imagine characters from the 1940s living in the post-industrial world and you have the ideal DPP society. And yes, the series is in fact about to get a second reboot.
In the meantime, the Modernization Agency runs the country.