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Norway political punch-up continues. As Norway’s local election campaign moves into its final few days, more politicians are choosing to air their differences publicly. Tuesday’s Centre Party (Sp) squabble has given way to today’s clash of the “-sens”. Kristin Halvorsen of the Socialist Left (SV) is now engaged in a verbal Party leader fight with Progress’ (FrP) Siv Jensen. Starting on/with the Left, Ms Halvorsen says to Aftenposten, “it isn’t possible Siv will become Prime Minister after [events] this summer. It requires a type a bravery she has not shown she possesses,” she claims, censuring Ms Jensen for not stamping out “murky” statements by Party politicians and supporters that stigmatise immigrants and Muslims.

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Norway political punch-up continues

Published on Wednesday, 7th September, 2011 at 18:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

As Norway’s local election campaign moves into its final few days, more politicians are choosing to air their differences publicly.

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Tuesday’s Centre Party (Sp) squabble has given way to today’s clash of the “-sens”. Kristin Halvorsen of the Socialist Left (SV) is now engaged in a verbal Party leader fight with Progress’ (FrP) Siv Jensen.

Starting on/with the Left, Ms Halvorsen says to Aftenposten, “it isn’t possible Siv will become Prime Minister after [events] this summer. It requires a type a bravery she has not shown she possesses,” she claims, censuring Ms Jensen for not stamping out “murky” statements by Party politicians and supporters that stigmatise immigrants and Muslims.

“The Progress Party is by far the heaviest player on the side criticising immigration, and listened to by people in extreme environments. Siv and Progress’ leaders, therefore, reach many [people] that I do not. Consequently, this gives Siv and Progress a special responsibility. Instead, Siv shies away from it. She disclaims any responsibility to clean up,” Ms Halvorsen punches.

“We have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of,” counters Siv Jensen with a Right jab, “and honestly-speaking, I’m tired of Kristin Halvorsen going round characterizing others’ points of view as murky. Halvorsen still lacks the power of clarification, either regarding what is murky, or about who could become Prime Minister.”

“This is a desperate attempt to talk about other things than SV’s problems,” (uppercut).

Progress Party politicians have made a number of questionable statements about Muslims and immigrants in the past.

“Humanity’s three major ideologies, Nazism, Communism, and Islamism have many striking similarities,” said Kent Andersen, Board Member of Oslo FrP.

Mr Andersen and Oslo FrP leader Christian Tybring-Gjedde have alleged “we don’t believe anything about multiculturalism. We think it is (…) idiotic in the long-term.”

Regretting his 2004 badly-researched actions in hindsight, Buskerud regional leader Trond Røed said extreme Muslims could benefit from psychiatric treatment, claiming, “One should therefore question whether hour-long Qur’an citations over many years can cause serious psychological damage, with a consequent risk of committing criminal and destructive acts.”

Meanwhile, former Party Chairman Carl Ivar Hagen, who is running for Oslo Mayor, has suggested foreigners undergo forced Norwegian tuition, flying in Spanish road workers to “work long shifts for Spanish wage tariff levels before being sent back home”, and alleged most terrorists are Muslims.

Suggesting Mr Tybring-Gjedde could have phrased things another way, Ms Jensen says, “I have never attacked the Religion of Islam, and find it more disturbing that SV and Halvorsen almost trivialise Islamism. We are clear about our opinions [on integration policy]. Labour (Ap) is also starting to be distinct, whilst it is far from clear what Labour’s government partner SV thinks.”

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Published on Wednesday, 7th September, 2011 at 18:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: kristinhalvorsen, sivjensen, norwaylocalelectioncampaign.





  
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