The Socialist

The Socialist 22 November 2007

Profit system wrecks climate

Profit system wrecks climate


Defend Karen Reissman: Defend free speech and trade union rights


Nationalise Northern Rock permanently to safeguard workers' interests


SOLIDARITY APPEAL: Defend Tukwila Teachers Threatened with Termination for Antiwar Student Walkout

France: massive public sector workers' strike


SNP budget will not satisfy expectations

Detention without trial: Defend civil rights

New attacks on incapacity benefits

'Cheap and nasty' Camden council to shut deaf school

News in brief


Socialism 2007: Inspired by past victories, preparing for future struggles


Support the Northern Ireland classroom assistants

Cardiff schools: Parents march against closure threats


Rail transport: Overpriced, overcrowded, underinvested

Train drivers strike in Germany

Labour's pensions - a social time-bomb


Denmark general election: Socialist People's Party doubles its MPs

2008 US presidential election

GM, Chrysler, and Ford's 'race to the bottom'


Postal workers campaign against "MacMail"

Doncaster Hospital workers on strike for 9,000 back pay

National Union of Journalists: Standing up against the robber barons

 
 

PO Box 24697, London, E11 1YD

020 8988 8777

editors@socialistparty.org.uk

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/511/3434

Seach this siteSearch the site

Printable versionPrintable version

email to friendemail to friend

Facebook

Twitter

Home   |   The Socialist 22 November 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop

Denmark general election: Socialist People's Party doubles its MPs

THE RECENT Danish general election results confirmed a political trend in recent European elections ie a decline in support for the traditional conservative and social-democratic establishment parties and an increase in votes for both far-right and left-leaning parties.

This trend reflects an electorate growing increasingly concerned over immigration and social welfare/inequality issues. Opinion polls during the Danish election showed that most voters were worried by cuts in welfare provision the result of 'free-market' capitalist policies pursued by the governing Liberal Party coalition.

The Liberals led by Anders Fogh Ramussen lost six seats winning 46 and narrowly beating the Social Democrats by one seat.

The Social Democrats' leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced, pathetically, to party workers comprising of 'young professionals' and 'union officials': "I promised you that I could beat Fogh [sic]. It unfortunately didn't happen this time. But, my friends, I want to keep my promise. We'll do it next time." A case, perhaps, of third time lucky!

The Liberals' main coalition partner, the far-right Danish Peoples Party (DPP) gained one seat and now has 25 MPs in the 179-member parliament.

Like the Swiss People's Party in Switzerland's recent general election, the DPP ran an explicitly racist, anti-immigrant campaign. It produced posters depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed a clear reference to the anti-Muslim cartoon controversy of last year. Another poster showed the burning Twin Towers with the ironic slogan: "Tolerance is Danish; fanaticism isn't."

The biggest success story on election night went to the Socialist People's Party (SF) which more than doubled its parliamentary representation to 23 seats from eleven, making it the fourth largest party.

The SF is similar to other European post-'Communist' parties like Sweden's Left Party. It puts forward a mixture of left reformist and green policies.

Between 1993 and 2001 the SF mistakenly supported a Social Democratic minority government but has since positioned itself further left. It has though retreated from a euro-sceptic past, with 66% of its members in 2006 supporting a 'yes' vote in a referendum on the European Constitution.

With a muddled political programme that fundamentally doesn't challenge capitalism, it could end up making political compromises that undermines its support.


In this issue

Profit system wrecks climate


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Defend Karen Reissman: Defend free speech and trade union rights


Banking Crisis

Nationalise Northern Rock permanently to safeguard workers' interests


International socialist news and analysis

SOLIDARITY APPEAL: Defend Tukwila Teachers Threatened with Termination for Antiwar Student Walkout

France: massive public sector workers' strike


Socialist Party news and analysis

SNP budget will not satisfy expectations

Detention without trial: Defend civil rights

New attacks on incapacity benefits

'Cheap and nasty' Camden council to shut deaf school

News in brief


Socialism 2007

Socialism 2007: Inspired by past victories, preparing for future struggles


Education

Support the Northern Ireland classroom assistants

Cardiff schools: Parents march against closure threats


Socialist Party features

Rail transport: Overpriced, overcrowded, underinvested

Train drivers strike in Germany

Labour's pensions - a social time-bomb


International socialist news and analysis

Denmark general election: Socialist People's Party doubles its MPs

2008 US presidential election

GM, Chrysler, and Ford's 'race to the bottom'


Workplace news and analysis

Postal workers campaign against "MacMail"

Doncaster Hospital workers on strike for 9,000 back pay

National Union of Journalists: Standing up against the robber barons


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 November 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop