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The Norwegian elections and the aftermath

The Norwegian election bucked the trend that we are seeing in Europe these days. More and more countries are governed by the Centre-left. It seems like only small countries in the European periphery, like Norway, Portugal and Greece bucks this trend.

The election gave the government a slightly smaller majority than last time, however there were quite substantial changes within the coalition. My party, SV (the Socialist Left) lost four mandates and Labour gained three. This has certainly repercussions. Wednesday, the seventh of October the government released the new platform for the coming four years. This shows a slight move to the right, especially on areas of asylumseekers and immigration.

The debate in Norway and many other European countries has moved to the right over the last years. This is unfortunately mirrored in the new platform. The government intend to raise the bar to get the right to stay in Norway based on humanitarian criteria. I dislike this intensely

On the other hand the new platform is offensive and good especially on climate change and the environment. Here and on equal pay/gender equality and education the platform is quite good. The government states clearly that they want a 40% reduction of climate change gases, which is great but not quite enough and that there should be norms for how many pupils each teacher should be responsible for. On equal pay the government intends to include the labour organisations and the industrial organisations in talks to find ways to ensure that women get equal pay. I they can agree on principles and mechanisms then the government will put up the money.

I am also very glad for many of the things which are stated on international policy. Norway will endeavour to take a leading role in NATO to reduce nuclear weapons. We are open towards reducing our troops in Afghanistan and Norway wil work hard to reduce illegimate debt that third world countries must pay. This is important new steps in the right direction.

On the balance I must say that the platform is OK. SV got more than we could expect with only 6,2% of the votes. There is of course much I would have wanted differently, but in the end the voters decide by which party they support.

What do you think should be the most important choices for Norway in the coming years?

Archangelsk election – once more

The mayoral election in Archangelsk is over. I must admit I was somewhat surprised that Larisa Bazanova won the election with 37,55% of the vote against the governors candidate 37,41%. Read more about the five candidates here.

Put my puzzelment was soon over. The votes are recounted and Viktor Pavlenko was declared winner. No big surprise at all. The surprise is maybe that they needed a recount? Most interesting was the fact that only 18% of the electorate bothered to vote.

Five alike

The only debate was at the university of ArchangelsWhat is the most special thing about the upcoming mayoral election in Archangels? You could not guess? Five of the candidates have the same name. They are all called Sergei Moiseev.

One could of course speculate how this may come about. The fact is that one of the Sergeis is a strong candidate, and a leader of the organization “People’s Control”. However, he is not the governors candidate. The governors candidate is called Viktor Pavlenko who is the acting mayor. Maybe is it a good tactics to split the opposition votes among the Sergeis? Pavlenko was, by the way, the only candidate that did not attend the only debate in the campaign. The students at the university arranged the debate.

The former mayot was surprisingly arrested shortly after making clear his intention to run for the russian presidency.

The US election seen from the outside

In Norway at least it seems like the election in the US is onesided. By the looks it seems that the contest between Hillary and Obama decides who becomes president. John McCain is somewhat forgotten.


I believe unfortunatly that McCain has good reson to be confident that he will win, come November. The reasons for this is manyfold.

Reason one, if Hillary should win the democratic nomination she will not be able to connect with many of the most vociferous people in the democratic party. Mainly, because of her stand on the war in Iraq, and recent comments on Iran.

Reason two, Obama has not responded well enough to the economic issues confronting so many Americans (and others around the world).

And there are many more

This give a warmonger a good chance to win.