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Election 2009: The also-rans. Who isn’t so sad, and who’s left picking up the pieces. Several have said it was the internal bickering amongst the non-socialist parties about who should be part of the government that cost them the election; in politics, not “everyone’s a winner”. But whilst the Progress Party (FrP) and the Conservatives (H) can draw comfort from not losing too badly, the Liberal party (Venstre) delivered a catastrophic result, with its leader Lars Sponheim having ended up as the whipping boy. Not really making Progress At last count yesterday, FrP had won 22.9 percent of the country’s vote; better than the Conservatives. However although it was a good election for FrP, according to NRK, it had been far from plain sailing.

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Election 2009: The also-rans

Published on Wednesday, 16th September, 2009 at 09:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th September 2009 at 21:33.

Who isn’t so sad, and who’s left picking up the pieces.

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Several have said it was the internal bickering amongst the non-socialist parties about who should be part of the government that cost them the election; in politics, not “everyone’s a winner”. But whilst the Progress Party (FrP) and the Conservatives (H) can draw comfort from not losing too badly, the Liberal party (Venstre) delivered a catastrophic result, with its leader Lars Sponheim having ended up as the whipping boy.

Not really making Progress

At last count yesterday, FrP had won 22.9 percent of the country’s vote; better than the Conservatives. However although it was a good election for FrP, according to NRK, it had been far from plain sailing.

“(They) didn’t get the lift or breakthrough that its leaders and representatives hoped for just a few short months ago....The party was blocked effectively in the question of who would be in government early on, and had to therefore play the victim’s role. It didn’t work,” writes John Olav Egeland in his commentary in Dagbladet.

Lars Sponheim, the election’s biggest loser, turned out to be the scapegoat. The squabbling over his “guarantee” that he would not form a government with FrP took its toll.

His strategy backfired. The Liberals lost 2.1 percent of their voters compared to the last general election in 2005

“Venstre broke its back and the hope of a non-socialist majority sank to the bottom. Good election results for Høyre and FrP weren’t enough to keep the hope of a new government alive. When it was smashed, FrP couldn’t resist pouring scorn over Lars Sponheim, who announced his departure as Venstre’s leader publicly,” he writes.

Siv Jensen admitted defeat yesterday evening, according to NRK, but welcomed collaboration from both the Christian Democrats (KrF) and Liberals in the next government in 2013.

Right on

NRK writes that the Conservatives had a good election, with 17.2 percent of the votes so far yesterday evening.

Again, their leader Erna Solberg blames the disagreements for not winning. But she doesn’t accuse Sponheim directly. She refers, rather, to the number of discussions about party differences as having planted doubts in voters’ minds; causing a low turnout.

“This discussion clouded too many debates about political messages,” she told NRK.”

Egeland is less charitable in his comments about her performance.

“Erna Solberg was named as the election’s winner, but that was before the results from the ballot boxes began to come in. A result of around 17 percent and several new seats is clear progress from a catastrophic election four years ago. But historically, this is nothing to shout about.”



Published on Wednesday, 16th September, 2009 at 09:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th September 2009 at 21:33.

This post has the following tags: election, 2009, norwegian, norway, political, parties, losers, also-rans, frp, v, h, erna, solberg, siv, jensen, lars, sponheim, liberals, conservatives, far-right.





  
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