The Norwegians lag behind their cousins across the Skagerrak when it comes to dealing with the issues of immigration and Islamization. The Danes have been forthright and stalwart, showing a beacon to the rest of the West to illumine the best ways to resist the PC juggernaut.
But it seems that Norway is making progress — the Progress Party, that is. According to Fjordman, the Progress Party is a good one, although not as strong as the Danish People’s Party.
Here’s the latest from yesterday’s Aftenposten:
Progress Party ready to rule
After decades of being the noisy underdog in Norwegian politics, the country’s most conservative party is riding a wave of popularity. With the current left-centre government losing even more support, the Progress Party is now hammering out a serious plan to take over after next autumn’s election.
“I’m going to use a lot of time on government plans this summer,” Progress Party leader Siv Jensen told newspaper Adresseavisen on Tuesday. “Strategy needs to be formed, and I need to use the summer to make some preparations.”
Her Progress Party, long the lone voice in the wilderness in Norway’s social welfare state, has been able to boast support from more than 30 percent of the country’s voters for weeks now. Poll after poll has shown the Progress Party gaining voters at the expense of the three government parties that now form the left-center ruling coalition: Labour, the Socialist Left and the Center Party.
The small Center Party has suffered the most, with one recent poll indicating it’s backed by less than 4 percent of the voters. That could even make it ineligible to win representation in Parliament, much less wield government power.
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Another recent poll showed that fully 57 percent of Norway’s voters now want a change of government. Only 2 percent of those questioned in a poll reported over the weekend think the current government “is doing a very good job.”
Analysts claim the current Labour-dominated coalition simply hasn’t delivered on campaign promises made in 2005. While oil and tax revenues are higher than ever, the level of government services seems to be declining in the country, and that’s made voters mad. Labour boss Martin Kolberg has admitted that Labour hasn’t communicated its achievements well enough.
All this has made the arch-rival Progress Party realize that government power suddenly seems within its grasp. Jensen is seizing the opportunity.
“It’s important that we have a plan so we can get to work immediately,” she told Adresseavisen. “If we come into power, we don’t know how long we’ll be sitting with it. We’ll have a certain amount of time to operate, and then it’s important that we’re as effective as possible.”
If the non-socialist parties do cooperate, current polls suggest they would enjoy a solid majority in Parliament. A lot of pride is at stake, though. The non-socialist party that traditionally was the largest in Norway, the Conservatives (Høyre), suddenly finds itself half the size of the Progress Party. That suggests it will have to swallow a lot of pride if it joins a coalition with Progress.
Hat tip: The Observer.