APK: Party Leaders Debate Without Forbidden Words

Election to the Folketing (1) 2011 – Election commentary

On the 26th of August 2011 elections to the parliament were announced by prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen for September 15th 2011. The Party leaders from the 9 parties joining the election met in a televised debate the same evening. The following is a comment on this event.

The Worker’s Communist Party of Denmark APK recommends Voting blank.

There are some words that are reluctant to pronounce in Danish politics, and that not at all belong in an electoral campaign, that is dominated by the conflict between two blocs.

The media has no room for other things than that, and the derivatives – like who is the best, smartest, most responsible or prettiest prime minister candidate.

That there are unwanted or downright forbidden words that do not tolerate being uttered, was revealed in the first party leader debate on TV. It took place the same evening, as the election to the Folketing was called for (2)/

The themes were economic policy, ”welfare” and health. The following total unwanted words in that context weren´t used. Not one single time, and not by one of the politicians from the 9 parties (3) and two blocs:

Euro crisis
Euro plus pact
Neo-liberalism
War
NATO
Libya – Afghanistan – Iraq

There is also an unwritten list over fully banned words that can not even be whispered. Among them are:

Monopoles
Capitalism
Profit
Working class
Class struggle
Imperialism

For Lars Løkke (4) and VKO (5) the election is about ”sustainable welfare” (with VKO!) or “irresponsible borrowing” (with S/SF/R/Ehl [6]).

For Helle Thorning (7) and “red” bloc it is about two roads through the crisis: “the road of cuts” (VKO) or “the road of solidarity” (S/SF). The latter consists in extending the work time in solidarity with the capitalism that is hit by crisis.

The Danish ”close-your-eyes idyll” and the political harmony was not challenged in the debate. Consequently the bourgeois commentators think that it was really good. On “a high level”, Hans Engell (8) declared.

For most people it was hard to determine a winner. It was almost “a draw”. The loser is easy to see: The truth about the situation of Denmark in the Election to the Folketing 2011.

The Internet newspaper [of APK] 27. August 2011

Footnotes

1) Danish parliament.

2) NB! The meaning is ”the same evening as the day the election was called for” . The day: 26. August.

3) 1. Enhedslisten http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-Green_Alliance_%28Denmark%29
2. Socialistisk Folkeparti http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_People%27s_Party_%28Denmark%29
3. Socialdemokraterne http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Democrats_%28Denmark%29
4. Radikale Venstre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_Social_Liberal_Party
5. Dansk Folkeparti http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_People%27s_Party
6. Venstre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venstre_%28Denmark%29
7. Konservative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservative_People%27s_Party_%28Denmark%29
8. Liberal Alliance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Alliance_%28Denmark%29
9. Kristendemokraterne http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Democrats_%28Denmark%29
# 1, 2, 3, and 4 are ”red bloc”. # 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are ”blue bloc”.

4) Danish incumbent prime minister and leader of Venstre

5) Venstre, Konservative, and Dansk Folkeparti. The two first are in the government, while DF is supporting (some say is the de facto leader).

6) Socialdemokraterne, Socialistisk Folkeparti, Radikale Venstre, and Enhedslisten.

7) Leader of Socialdemokraterne

8) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Engell

Netavisen 27. august 2011