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Voices from the papers: 14.09.09. Who said what about the 2009 election in Dagbladet. It wasn’t all about opinion polls last weekend. Three writers aired their views to the Norwegian paper-reading public on some other issues, criticising what wasn’t talked about in the election campaign.The environment Frederic Hauge, leader of Bellona -- the Norwegian Environmental Foundation --criticises politicians and their apparent lack of commitment to the environment.

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Voices from the papers: 14.09.09

Published on Monday, 14th September, 2009 at 19:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Who said what about the 2009 election in Dagbladet.

Pile of newspapers and eyeglasses
Pile of newspapers and eyeglasses
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It wasn’t all about opinion polls last weekend. Three writers aired their views to the Norwegian paper-reading public on some other issues, criticising what wasn’t talked about in the election campaign.

The environment

Frederic Hauge, leader of Bellona -- the Norwegian Environmental Foundation --criticises politicians and their apparent lack of commitment to the environment.

He writes that even the greenest parties seem unwilling to prioritise measures to help fight environmental change under the annual budget’s tug-o’-war

“There hasn’t been a single piece of good news about climate change since the last general election...The climate debate ranges from those who doubt (there is) an environmental problem, to those who believe that if taxes and legislation are tough enough, everything will sort itself out.”

Today’s voters haven’t been as concerned about environmental issues for 20 years, he claims, and his closing argument seems like an appeal to those with a guilty conscience -- however likely or unlikely this is.

“2009’s general election campaign could have been the (one) where the best proposals for answers to the environmental crisis could have decided victory. It wasn’t about that.”

Norway’s foreign policy

This theme occupied two writers, albeit from two different positions; for, and against.

Øystein Haga Skånland -- with a Master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from Oslo University -- thinks the Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s fear that FrP will shoot Norway’s international peace-keeping role full of holes, is unfounded.

Skånland believes a strong commitment to the process of peace and reconciliation is one of the major characteristics of Norwegian foreign policy today, linked to the Norwegian identity, and a very important brick in a positive national self-image.

“Despite that a willingness to make a change in priorities has been expressed, there are however good reasons to believe that FrP will find it difficult to sever the commitment to peace.

Andreas Hompland, on the other hand, was upset -- to put it mildly -- about how foreign policy, one of the most important issues for Norway as he sees it, has not been a part of the election campaign.

However this comes as no news now; it didn’t last Monday either.

“We are at war in Afghanistan, and we are gradually becoming involved deeper in a military and moralistic quagmire -- both abroad and at home,” writes the freelancer.

And irrespective of who should win today’s election, he criticises both sides of centre for being at fault.

“The non-socialist parties from the Progress (FrP) Party’s (Morten) Høglund to the (V) Liberal’s (Ola) Elvestuen...and (with) the Christian Democrats (KrF) as standard-bearer, open for all kinds of operations in all of Afghanistan when America calls.

“In a free state the Labour party will also most probably say yes to NATO’s request to send troops to the south, so that we can get more of ours killed and kill more civilian moped riders and rebels.”

One can begin to wonder if there are any other subjects that haven’t been talked about.



Published on Monday, 14th September, 2009 at 19:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: election, campagin, 2009, foreign, policy, commentaries, environment, jonas, gahr, stoere, nato, frederic, hauge, bellona.





  
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