The previous socialist-led government was wracked by one backtracking after the other.
It was the political reality in parliament, which forced Helle Thorning-Schmidt to break the ocean of the promises she had given, before she formed the government. She had no majority for them.
It was annoying for Thorning-Schmidt, laughable for us, but it was not devastating to her work and maneuverability.
The current socialist prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, is in danger of falling as løftebryder, but in a far more dangerous version.
Mette Frederiksen gave several times ‘his word’, in the prime minister’s question hour on 25. February, to the other parties to negotiations under her leadership, must be conducted in confidentiality. She gave especially the Liberal party president, Jacob Ellemann-Jensen, and the Danish people’s party chairman, Kristian Thulesen Dahl, his word, that it was not in her spirit, that was leaked papers from the confidential negotiations.
She went personally into the case of the socialist kampmail that as a manual described how the party in the ministry of Finance would negotiate with one hand, but with the other would exhibit the negotiating parties.
When the prime minister takes the matter so personally and guarantees with his word, that it will not happen again, it is clear that the fall is so much heavier when it happens.
Now there have been leaked the papers to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten – from negotiations in the ministry of Finance. An ‘internal ministerial staff working document’, written the day AFTER Mette Frederiksen’s promise, is let out.
It is devastating to break its promises, and this time it is the prime minister’s words, that has been broken. And unlike the previous Thorning-government this ‘leak’ mean that Mette’s government less able to maneuver. Poorer conditions in order to get his policy through.
Finance minister Nicolai Wammen has since tried to paddle out of the crisis, among other things, a police report, that just exhibits the total hypocrisy. Two weeks ago he planned even to break confidentiality now report he other to the police for the same. The person or persons who leaked the material have either been whistling indifferent to the prime minister’s words – it is very bad – or even have the same people wanted to harm both the prime minister and the negotiators from the other parties. It is just as bad.
It is a serious crisis for Mette Frederiksen, who has only just begun. The government must thank the coronavirussen for the complete has taken the agenda of all media here in the country.
But there will be a bill to pay for the prime minister’s broken promises, and do not disappear with the corona.
B. T. suggested in connection with the first case, that Mette Frederiksen had to fire two counselors. It rejected the she from his seat in folketingssalen, because it was just a mistake. She should have listened to B. T., for it is evidently not enough that she gives her words. There need to be tougher funds to, if her and the government’s credibility must be restored.
Guy them, Mette, your words are not enough.
Michael Dyrby Editor-in-chief, B. T.
Michael Dyrby is editor-in-chief of B. T. He is a former nyhedsdirektør on the TV 2