A thought about VG

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I like to consider myself an environmentalist. So I was not especially happy to see VG do so poorly in the municipal elections (though of course most Icelanders think of them more as communist than environmentalist, I like to pretend they have the same idea as I do about the necessity to prioritize corporate responsibility over profitability).

So if I may be allowed to spin that poor showing a bit to the positive side, it occurs to me that perhaps the leadership of VG was too busy dealing with pressing national matters in the Althingi and ministries to really be of much help to their local party affiliates. They did not have, or did not take, the time to promote VG as a label in a way that could help in municipal elections. It is a small party, and it is trying to do an awful lot all at once.

Comments

Jon Frimann said…
Vinstri Grænir eru minna umhverfisflokkur en þeir segjast vera í raunveruleikanum.

Verkin tala að mínu mati, ekki endilega það sem fólk segir og lofar í svona kosningum.
Lissy said…
Yeah, good points Jon. But I was trying to say something a little more analytical about the odd situation that VG finds itself in politically. I am not really very familiar with how this whole multiple party system works, so maybe it happens all the time that a small minority party fighting for recognition is simultaneously bearing half of the responsibility for governing a nation. From my perspective, that strikes me as two very different dances to do at once, and I am not surprised (nor disappointed) that VG decided to concentrate on the latter, rather than the former.
Anonymous said…
Tja jú þeir eiga fullt af góðu náttúruverndarfólki, ekki allir innanborðs en slatti. Þau hafa reynt að standa gegn stóriðju til dæmis en svo sem ekki alveg auðvelt þegar samstarfsflokkurinn á iðnaðarráðuneytið og lofar endalaust upp í allar ermar, orku sem er ekki einu sinni til og þegar umhverfisráðherra ætlast til að reglum sé fylgt er ráðist á hana af þvílíku offorsi að ég hef sjaldan séð annað eins!

Vandamál VG er fyrst og fremst ósætti innanflokks og undirlægjuháttur sumra við stjórnarandstöðu...

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