– Vedum is backward, thunders MDG. – Completely unnecessary with insults, the Center Party answers.
The Center Party continues to rush forward in the polls, and in Nettavisen’s October poll, the party is about the same size as the Labor Party with a support of 19.8 percent. Thus, SP leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum is also emerging as a possible prime ministerial candidate.
But not everyone is equally happy about that on the red-green side. The Green Party (MDG) does not have much good to say about the party that may become dependent on their support after the election.
– I think the policy Vedum stands for does not help us here we are in the middle of the climate and environmental crisis. He is backward-looking when we need politicians who use knowledge to face the future, says MDG deputy leader Kriss Rokkan Iversen to Nettavisen.
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– He sells false security
In several of the opinion polls over the past year, the Labor Party, the Center Party and the Socialist People’s Party have been dependent on support from either MDG or Rødt to get a majority in the Storting.
But that does not mitigate the harsh criticism from the Green Party.
– Vedum sells counterfeit safe, where we need hope through action. It is not the case that the climate and nature crisis will disappear. It is a reality we must deal with. My experience is that he dulls people into a false hope that nothing will change, says Iversen.
She believes people simply must not be fooled by the Center Party’s four-leaf clover in the logo.
– One must not be fooled by the party logo, because the Center Party as it appears today, is an ash-gray, environmentally hostile party. They do not prioritize Norwegian nature, and rather compete with the FRP to be most climate-hostile, she claims.
However, the Center Party reacts strongly to the criticism. See the answer further down.
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– Will canned us
For the Center Party, district policy, and having public services where people live, is one of the most important issues. But MDG is not particularly impressed in that area either.
– They make it sound as if the climate has nothing to do with districts. I so strongly disagree with Vedum’s district policy: It looks like he will canned us and send us back to the past, says Iversen.
She points out that she herself wears the district boots, after growing up in Lofoten and now living at home in Harstad.
– But the district policy he presents to me does not resonate with the hope I have for the future in the districts in northern Norway, she says, and adds sharply:
– Then it is irresponsible that you can continue as before in an artificial Center Party bubble that does not relate to reality.
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– Vedum as Prime Minister?
– So you do not want Vedum as prime minister?
– MDGs are block-dependent. We have said that we will discuss with all parties except the FRP, but first the voters must decide next year, says Iversen, and points out:
– There is no relevant question. First, voters must decide which parties they want to form a government.
– But can you support Vedum as prime minister even if you disagree so much?
– We support a government where we get the most impact for climate and environment, then we will see who manages to deliver on it, she says.
In the October survey, which was conducted by Sentio, the MDGs received a support of 4.2 percent. In the poll, however, the three former red-green governing parties have a majority alone.
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– Petrol and tax populism
Iversen says she now puts her trust in the youth politicians and the green wing of the Center Party.
– I hope Senterungdommen and the grassroots take a stand against Vedum’s easy petrol and tax populism, says the MDG deputy leader.
She believes the key to the green shift lies precisely in the districts.
– I am also concerned about business policy, and that the green shift is based on the nature-based industries. Since the renewable natural resources are located in the districts, the district communities are the key to Norway’s success in the green shift. It is an enormous opportunity to solve the climate crisis and at the same time create jobs in the districts, she says.
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Arnstad: – Unnecessary insult
However, the criticism causes Sp’s parliamentary leader, Marit Arnstad, to react strongly.
– Such a general insult that MDG’s deputy leader is doing here, illustrates why it is not relevant for the Center Party to govern with MDG. I think it is completely unnecessary to insult each other like that, says Arnstad to Nettavisen.
She thinks they should rather discuss specific issues.
– It is true that the MDGs and the Center Party view climate policy differently, and it depends on which instruments you should use in climate policy. MDG largely wants to use bans, and we do not want to use bans, but contribute to green growth and not a climate policy that contributes to a social and geographical imbalance, she says.
Arnstad points out that in the party’s proposal for a new party program, they discuss where greenhouse gas emissions should be cut and where they should create growth.
– She can not have read our program proposal, because it is a big chapter on the environment, sighs Sp’s parliamentary leader.
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– That’s MDG’s problem
Arnstad thinks the MDGs just ignore other people’s suggestions, even though they may be good.
– MDG’s problem is that they do not think it is good climate policy if it is not exactly as MDG wants it to be. It is a way of discussing climate policy that the MDGs must abandon, because there are several ways to that goal of how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she says
She believes they must also stop attacking as they do in this case.
– I think they can stop attacking the Center Party leader as a person, because that is what she really does – and it is very unnecessary, says Arnstad, and adds:
– I perceive it as an insult, and I think that is a bad starting point for a sensible collaboration.
– But are you backward as she claims?
– No, we are not at all. We have our own solutions for what we believe is important for developing the whole of Norway. Then we have respect for the fact that other parties have other solutions, but it is a bad tone to just throw out that kind of label about other parties, she says.
Senterungdommen: – Gets angry
The center youth’s leader, Torleik Svelle, also does not have much good to say about MDG.
– I hope we get a change of government and a Center Party-Labor-based government, and then I think it will be difficult to bring more. The distance for us to MDG in particular is large, says Svelle to Nettavisen.
– Why can you not cooperate with MDG?
– There are some attitudes towards Norwegian farmers that make me both angry and sad. We are only talking about reducing meat consumption and driving down milk production. It is a reality that is far from the one I experience myself, he says.
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