In accordance with the Danish political system, the Government has 4 years of ruling power or they declare elections early. Elections have been declared in Denmark now, they will happen on February 8. The point up until then, will be political campaigning.
The government is currently formed of The Conservative Party (Conservative) and the Liberal Party (liberal in the classic economic sense, not in the crazy American sense), and their majority is completed parliamentarily with support from The Danish People's Party (Nationalist).
The Prime Minister is of the Liberal Party, and he's already described the election as a choice between two products, and the voters will be choosing which is the best on the market. This is an analogy I do not care for but it's really only words.
Tomorrow is the city-conference of my party (coincidentally). My party will not be running for the elections as we are in the middle of a unification process with another party and a campaign would drain our resources and be too stressful. However we will try and gain attention to ourselves for the 2008 elections.
The current government, with their budget cuts and tax-stops, have fucked up
A) The Public school system, according to the PISA system we are doing awfully poorly, where a large number of our students are functionally-illiterate. The cuts in the public sector (and grants to the private schools) have made it so that some students were thrown out of schools due to money-per-student reasons and students who were apprenticing for careers like carpent or electrician, have now been disenfranchised, and basically left in the forest with their pants down.
B) The hospital system, according to most economists, the hospital reform has brought down the numbers of employed to dangerously low levels, the centralization of hospitals is also a system that has proven disastrous for Norway.
C) Public Transportation costs have increased, while frequency between buses and trains has increased greatly as well. Doesn't this sux0rz?
D) For 30 years they've complained about a left-wing slant of the public tv stations, then they fired the management and stuffed it with their own buddies. The most right-wing paper in Denmark, who usually supports them, criticized them for this hypocracy.
E) Foreign policy wise, they fucked us over. The average Dane has no reason to go to war with Iraq. In fact the only person in Denmark who would, is Mærsk McKinnley Møller, who's multi-nationale corporation has made significant gains with lucrative contracts from the American occupation. Our soldiers are dying, and we are now a legitimate war target for 'terrorists'. I ride through some of the busiest train stations on my way to school during rush hour, if a Madrid-incident were to happen again, well I'll blame the government for bringing this mess on us when we shouldn't have been a part of it.
The opposition, the Social Democrats, is incompetent. The leader, is possibly one of the worst opposition leaders in history, if we thought John Kerry didn't strike hard enough on Bush's weak points, well Mogens Lykketoft of the social democrats practically licks the government. They are the only left-wing party big enough to form government. I do not predict good results for them. But hopefully I'm wrong. If they had chosen Frank Jensen for leader instead of Mogens Lykketoft, I would've voted for them, despite the fact that I don't even like them.
All of the centrist parties are irrelevant, De Radikale will lose votes, The Christian Democrats will go out of parliament, and the Center Democrats are never going to get back in. This would be my prediction.
The left wing party, the Socialist People's Party, basically the little brother of the Social Democrats, has been moving to the right for a decade. They are useless, during this decade they've also been losing more and more votes as well.
The party I support, the Unity-List, a conglomeration of socialist and anarchist parties, is the only left-wing party that made progress in the elections last time. I think they will make progress this election as well, because the rest of the left-wing, unfortunately, is hopelessly impotent.
Just thought I'd give you all a lesson on Danish politics.