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Differences that matter

If political contempt is to be reduced, there must be visible differences between the parties.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

[24. February 2006] Whether the Prime Minister's name is Thorbjørn Jagland, Kjell Magne Bondevik or Jens Stoltenberg does not seem to play a major role. It can be tempting to conclude this way when new figures this week show that the wage differences in Norway are increasing continuously – regardless of who has the power of government. Over the past ten years, salaried employees in NHO companies have received almost 100.000 more in salary increases than hotel employees. The new figures for executive pay are not yet clear, but they are unlikely to improve the picture. Even with Kristin Halvorsen as Minister of Finance, it may seem that the development continues.

Halvorsen has told Dagbladet that the market. . .

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