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A little piggy for Progress?. EDITORIAL: Pork pies (Cockney rhyming slang) and politicians go together like sausages and mash. Unfortunately, Norway’s Progress Party (FrP) seems to be making a pig’s ear of things. Record numbers of foreigners are being sent out of Norway; recent polls show a 3.4 per cent popularity decline for these Rightists. Unlicensed gambling is frowned upon in Norway; the Sovereign Wealth Fund wagers money on betting – FrP’s Siv Jensen is incumbent Finance Minister, and Party leader. Progress Youth Party (FpU) leader Atle Simonsen suggests legalising cannabis; parents FrP are law and order-focused. Possible new Progress leader for Oslo, Aina Stenersen, has complained that the Norwegian media are undemocratic; ex-asylum seekers suffer from memory loss when in democratic power.

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A little piggy for Progress?

Published on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 at 14:51 under the columns category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd January 2016 at 21:12.

EDITORIAL: Pork pies (Cockney rhyming slang) and politicians go together like sausages and mash. Unfortunately, Norway’s Progress Party (FrP) seems to be making a pig’s ear of things.

Ceramic piggy bank
Ceramic piggy bank
Photo: Joyous/Wikimedia Commons


Record numbers of foreigners are being sent out of Norway; recent polls show a 3.4 per cent popularity decline for these Rightists. Unlicensed gambling is frowned upon in Norway; the Sovereign Wealth Fund wagers money on betting – FrP’s Siv Jensen is incumbent Finance Minister, and Party leader.

Progress Youth Party (FpU) leader Atle Simonsen suggests legalising cannabis; parents FrP are law and order-focused. Possible new Progress leader for Oslo, Aina Stenersen, has complained that the Norwegian media are undemocratic; ex-asylum seekers suffer from memory loss when in democratic power.

Fisheries Minister Per Sandbank (Sandberg) is not down in the mouth about his Party’s drop in popularity and is focusing on 2017’s general election.

He cites Progress’ “swift gain” in popularity in the autumn, ascribing the current popularity regression to “a correction”. He also told Klassekampen he thinks that the Party's voters should neither be “carried away with”, nor “disenchanted by” the polls. Fish is unsuitable as pig feed, conservationists suggest.  

At the same time, regional publication Stavanger Aftenblad has found that an emergency asylum seeker reception centre erroneously served residents with a cold meat cut (pålegg) clearly-marked as containing pork – forbidden if strictly adhering to Abrahamic religious principles.

It might or might not give Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug - who pushed increased pork consumption in her time as Food and Farming Minister, and who is known as being Norway’s most controversial Minister – food for thought.

It might be irrelevant to Progress’ discriminatory anti-immigrant policies – the Party prefers sending money to help refugees in countries neighbouring war-torn ones anyway; housing them in IKEA shelters instead of allowing them to come to Norway.

Nevertheless, time will tell if the Party remains in government at a time when Norwegians are helping refugees and are increasingly positive to immigrants being members of their own family. Time will tell if Norwegian voters elected Progress to power for positive change, or just got a pig in a poke instead.

In the words of the famous children’s poem:

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home.



Published on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 at 14:51 under the columns category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd January 2016 at 21:12.

This post has the following tags: refugees, asylum, immigration, paywall.





  
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