Well it looks like the campaign for the Norwegian Parliament Election has officially started. The first couple of party leader debates have been aired, the ads are up everywhere, and it's basicly all over the press. I find it interesting (me being a pol sci student and all), but I'll be glad when it's over. There is just so much bullshit going on. Not nearly as much as the circus in the US, but enough still. I already know where my vote will be going. I'm voting for SV (socialist left wings), just like in the local elections a couple of years ago. I far from agree with everything on their agenda. IMO they are too set on everything being "equal". Equal is good, but I'm a fan of diversity. But they are the ones closest to what I would want, so my vote goes there. For me that means:
- Better welfare (more money to schools, health care ++)
- Better enviromental politics (stricter, and also more money to public transportation)
- More resources to development aid (heart cause of mine)
- They are very anti discrimination both when it comes to racism, sex and sexual orientation. It would have a good influence on Norwegian education for example. And they want full equality between gays and straighs. It's close now, but not 100%.
- Better immigrant policies (less strict)
- More peace oriented foreign policies
- Less support for elite private schools, more resources to public schools instead. Especially stricter with religious private schools.
That's what I got from the top of my head, and also what matters the most to me. They might actually end up sitting in Government after the election. The plan is to team up with the more right wing, but still red AP(labour party). If they get enough votes together, they might even get a majority, which would be the first since the time after WW2. AP is a lot bigger and would be more influential, but still this would mean a lot. A lot more power to act.