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The unpleasant choice


"Politics is not the art of the possible. The task of politics is to choose between the impossible and the unpleasant. "

These words of the Canadian-born social economist John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908) gained new relevance this week. Galbraith wanted to show that German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck's (1815-1898) far more well-known words that "politics is the art of the impossible" are not always apt.

The recent increasing media pressure against SV and Kristin Halvorsen has made the choice between "the impossible" and "the unpleasant" increasingly urgent.

With just over three weeks left for the parliamentary elections, it is clear that the party is closer to government than ever before since SF's founding in 1961. Large parts of the media debate over the past week have also been about SV and Kristin Halvorsen: SV's school food accounts, Halvorsen's view of Dagfinn Høybråtens values, the promises of a kindergarten lift during the next parliamentary period.

"We have had a very good week," Deputy Øystein Djupedal summed up to Aftenposten on Wednesday.

It remains to be seen how voters react to the new newly acquired attention the party is getting. Or whether such media matters have a decisive election effect at all.

If nothing else, the increasing attention to SV's argumentation. . .

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