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What the Danes want

An end to the higher rate of income tax, by the look of things, but also snow for Christmas and better Christmas presents.

I have discovered this from the rather useful 'Votes for Sale' site, which shows candidates what they should promise if they want folk to vote for them: "Tax cuts, welfare reform, two cars in every garage or more snow on Christmas - sell your vote to the candidate who keeps their promise on the issue most important to you. Creators of the website ValgTilSalg.dk (VoteForSale) have given voters the opportunity to choose which election issue they think should take centre stage. ‘We thought, if politics is really about currying voters’ favour with huge campaign promises, then why not let the individual citizen decide for themselves which promise his or her vote can be bought with,’ said Torben Andersen of ValgTilSalg.dk". Source

It does not look as though any Danish pols are promising snow for Christmas as yet, but it looks like such a 'policy' would be popular. However, one should be wary of promises that one cannot keep: "A proper Danish Christmas should preferably be white, but unfortunately that does not happen often. Not until 90% of the country is covered with at least half a centimetre of snow does Denmark’s Meteorological Institute say that we have a national white Christmas, and we have actually only experienced that seven times since 1900. That was in 1915, 1923, 1938, 1956, 1969, 1981, and 1995".Source . Maybe 2009 then...

My Danish is not all it could be, so I am reliant on online translation for the detail as to current voting on the site, but it is notable that the bulk of participants thus far are self-defined as Socialdemokratiet, and working that one out is none too challenging. So excluding the silliness involving weather etc, it is quite heartening that voters choosing a party affiliated to the Socialist International are keen on tax cuts and the like. And yes, I know this is a self- selecting poll and of absolutely no statistical validity.

So, what would readers like to be promised?

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Blogger flashgordonnz said... 8:06 pm

The nation of shopkeepers would like SME exemptions/partial exemptions from a lot of the rules and regulations of business.

Workers would like tax cuts please (even if it means high interest rates, some of us don't have mortgages and higher interst rates incentivise saving, besides, retired folk with money in bank like higher rates).

Economists would like a lot of quangos disbanded, a lot of funding pots closed. This will reduce poor quality, inflationary expenditure, helping put downward pressure on interst rates. After all, every fricking quango needs fancy new letterhead, computers, office space and a website, and that's before they even deliver an outcome.

Parents would like a return to education rather than programming.

Yikes! Where does one stop?  



Anonymous Horrific right-wing Monster said... 10:36 am

Fewer immigrants?

Mr Broon to stop telling us about his wonderful minister-father and tell the truth occasionally(John 8:32, CIA motto)?

And, for Kiwiland, Miss Clark to be replaced by Winston Peters?  



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