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The blue danger

This year's parliamentary elections revealed the blue danger for Norway in the 21. century: Progress Party progress. Dag Herbjørnsrud comments.


Wallmann's Salons, Akerselva, Oslo.

- Come on, Eli! Now we go home, Carl Ivar Hagen said to his wife.

It was just past eleven Monday night. While large parts of the press corps gathered on the electoral rolls of the new government parties Ap, Sp and SV, I stood almost alone one meter away from the Hagen couple at the most central table in the Wallmanns Salonger by the Akerselva river.

All the measurements then showed that the Progress Party had dethroned the Right as the bourgeois party's largest party: Over 22 percent's support in the Norwegian parliamentary elections 2005 means that Frp can now make even the Labor party rank as the big people party.

It was this Garden was so keenly aware of when he gave marching orders to his wife. She was going home to the Ullern home while returning to the big party debate at the Storting, which started ten minutes past midnight.

King Carl had been hailed a short time in advance as a mix of a Roman emperor and an American movie star when he entered the Progressive Party's vigil.

The Storting election on 12 September 2005 admittedly resulted in a red-green government. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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