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Breivik's party is set to join Norwegian government

by Thomas Kvilhaug in Norway
Issue No. 2370

The Conservative Party has won Norway’s elections, with 27 percent of the vote. 

In chilling news the far right Progress Party could, for the first time ever, join a coalition government with them. 

Progress celebrated with promises of “tougher immigration policies” and tax cuts.  

In 2009 their leader, Siv Jensen, introduced Norway to the expression “Sneak Islamisation” while attacking Muslims’ rights. 

Just weeks after her former member Anders Behring Breivik massacred people in July 2011, she reaffirmed her position.  

Progress lost support soon after. 

But the main parties avoided politically addressing Breivik’s massacre, and let them off the hook. 

Their vote has gone down since 2009. Yet the political establishment is willing to form a new government with them.

The previous “Red-Green” alliance lasted eight years and was backed by the unions. 

But it forced through neoliberal reforms to health care, pensions and labour conditions. 

It also promised a “humane asylum policy” yet attacked asylum seekers harder than any previous government. 

This played into the hands of Progress. 

The Tory coalition will now dedicate itself to undermining union power, labour rights and benefits, while privatising and cutting public services. 

We need to prepare to fight their racism, and hostile policies towards immigrants and refugees.

Thomas is a member of Internasjonale sosialister 

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Tue 10 Sep 2013, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2370
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