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General Election 2007
« on: Nov 14, 2007, 16:54 »
Three weeks ago our PM called for an early General Election here and after last night's result this is how the parties ended :

*  Venstre (the Liberal party here) got 26.3 per cent of the votes and 46 seats in Parliament (down six seats from last election).
*  Socialdemokraterne (our Labour party) got 25.5 per cent of the votes and 45 seats in the new Parliament (down two seats from last election).
*  Dansk Folkeparti (our BNP) got 13.8 per cent of the votes and 25 seats in Parliament (up one seat from last election).
*  Socialistisk Folkeparti (the former Communist Party) got 13.0 per cent of the votes and 23 seats in Parliament (up 12 seats from last election).
*  Det Konservative Folkeparti (the Tories here) got 10.4 per cent of the votes and stays on 18 seats in Parliament.
*  Det Radikale Venstre (more Liberal than our Liberal parti) got 5.1 per cent of the votes and nine seats in Parliament (down eight seats from last election).
*  Ny Alliance (New Alliance, a seven months old break-away party from Det Radikale Venstre lead by a Democratic Muslim) got 2.8 per cent of the votes and five seats in Parliament (being their first election their five seats are all new, of course).
*  Enhedslisten (a Republican party) got 2.2 per cent of the votes and four seats in Parliament (down two seats from last election).
*  and KristenDemokraterne (a Christian party) got 0.8 per cent of the votes and for the second general election running ended up with no seats in Parliament.

Our Parliament has 179 seats (175 from Denmark, two from the Faero Islands and two from Greenland). To be able to form a Government you need 90 seats to back you. Since 2001 our Government has been of Venstre (the Liberals) and Det Konservative Folkeparti (Tories) backed by seats from Dansk Folkeparti (our BNP). This has resulted in tough new laws on asylym seekers and foreigners already living here because Dansk Folkeparti never backs anything without "hidden" motives thus having made my country very little disirable to live in if you're not a common racist. In fact the General Election of last night was forced through because of even tougher new laws on immigrants coming here and our PM felt he had to call the elction to avoid further bitterness in both the opposition as well as in his own Government. Not to mention the people who put him there. It was a very close election to say the least and in the end the Government pulled off an election win supported by Dansk Folkeparti and the Conservatives plus one single seat of the two seats from the Faero Islands. So for the next four years one of the richest and most "liberal" countries in the world will suffer the heavy breathing of our BNP who, basically, can continue to force through what they like as payback for backing the staying PM and his government.

You need to have 20,000 signatures to become a political party here and stand for elections and you need a minimum of two per cent of the votes cast to end up in Parliament. If a party doesn't get into Parliament they will again have to go out and collect 20,000 signatures from people before they are allowed to stand in the next General Election. We have these elections every four years according to our Constitution but early elections have come the norm in recent decades. Our last General election was in early 2005.

Last night was a very sad day in our history on many levels. Just thought I'd let you know. :cry:

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Re: General Election 2007
« Reply #1 on: Nov 14, 2007, 17:03 »
Nationalism on the march in Europe - Hmmm, where have we heard that before?  :wink:

Hung parliaments are not good when one of the other parties has the government by the short and curlies. British electorate - beware!

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Re: General Election 2007
« Reply #2 on: Nov 14, 2007, 17:36 »
I'm afraid to say that it didn't come as a massive surprise to many people here that our equivalent to your BNP still has a rather large support base throughout the country. They use and milk every opportunity they can to gain an even stronger foothold and though many of us have hoped they would at least lose a few seats after last night it wasn't a big surprise to see them end up with quite a number of seats still. But it's so annoying that they use the fear people have against terror and things like that to build their campaigns. If anyone with half a decent math brain had a look at how they "plan" to finance all their nationalistic nonsense it would be clear to all that it just isn't possible. During the twenty day election campaign they came out with things like banning religious head gear in Parliament and public places and that criminal immigrants should be placed on an empty island controlled in the surrounding waters by the marine. One of their mad front people also said on live telly that the comparisons between the Muslim head gear and the Swastika are numurous and that Islam should be seen as the next big threat because if they got half a chance they would "kill us all and turn our old and proud country into a Muslim state". How any sane person can take them serious let alone vote for them is so far beyond my comprehension that I can't even begin to think of a way to explain it. Politicians using the growing fear in people to gain a foothold is a very dangerous way of doing things in my eyes and I just hope that the rest of Europe, the UK included, will take great notice in how the past six years here have been and how the coming four will be as well. It won't be pretty that's for sure.

But it's democracy at work, the people have spoken and +13 per cent of the people voting cast their vote at our equivalent to your BNP. And I know how this sounds, sorry, but to me it doesn't make it any better that their leader is a 60 year old woman who has often been in the eyes of the police due to her racist outburst. So many people have grown a dislike to her that for years she has had bodyguards around her 24-7. Paid for by the tax payers, of course, with her being an elected politician...

The good news is, though, that out of the just over 4 million people here who could vote last night more than 87 per cent actually did. That's two per cent more than our last election back in 2005. We always get a good turn-out to elections here for some reason. Maybe because we have so many political parties to choose between, I dunno, but I do know I really wish last night's results had gone different.

The oddest thing about last night, though, to me was that the former Communist party almost doubled their seats in Parliament. Both our equivalent to your BNP and the former Communist party are now bigger than the Conservatives here after last night. How odd is that ?

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