This week’s editorial: Pariah states and individuals

This week’s editorial: Pariah states and individuals

It is truly sad when the leaders of this world lie in broad daylight. Putin does it, Trump did it, and their relatives and lieutenants do it. They can’t be trusted – it’s that simple.

Fact deniers, lie perpetrators
Søren Kjær, a Danish parliamentarian in the 19th century, became famous when his opponent in a debate said that what he actually said was a fact. “If it is a fact, then I deny the facts,” he replied.

Goebbels said that if you repeat a lie a thousand times, it becomes the truth. Let’s hope the aforementioned gentlemen don’t live to repeat their lies a thousand times.

16 parties selected
In Denmark, democracy was at its best when the general election threw 16 political parties – if you count the North Atlantic members as representatives of the parties that elected them – into Christiansborg.

Already one of the elected representatives, Mette Thiesen from Nye Borgerlige, has left her party to become independent. Sad to note, when nearly 5,000 people personally voted for her, her decision had nothing to do with political disagreement.

But overall, this multiplicity of representations is now seeking to become part of a coalition with a government majority behind it – or at least not against it.

Still waiting for new order
The composition of this coalition is still in the balance, and in the meantime, life is returning to normal. Gas prices have dropped, although many of us have gotten into the habit of saving electricity by running the dishwasher in the middle of the night when prices are at their lowest.

Inflation takes the top off our savings and profits, so more people are laid off, even as the pressure on the labor market eases. Meanwhile, immigration policy is very low on the agenda.

And everyone agrees that the health sector needs an overhaul – but how? The health sector trade unions have positioned themselves very well. It finally looks like the pandemic heroes will be properly rewarded.

Løkke will not tell you any lies
For most of election night, no majority seemed likely for either red or blue bloc. Former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen came within a hair’s breadth of being a kingmaker, and he would have done that if the conservative leader had not imploded.

But at the end of the count, it was clear that Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen would continue. There is no doubt about that, but she can find new playmates.

And then we are left with the important question: trust. The building of mutual trust, not politics, will be the decisive factor when a new government is formed.

And although Løkke can be many things, we have never heard him lie. Silence now and then, but never lie!

Source: The Nordic Page




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