MDG’s oil ultimatum was acquitted at the previous AIBN. Now the party will go back to delve into the explanations of how it ended up splicing 2,000 votes below the exclusion limit.
Arnhild Aass Kristiansen
Throughout the year, the Green Party has been above the threshold of the average of opinion polls. In August, when the UN Climate Panel released its report and warned that we were on code red for humanity, the MDGs averaged 5.5 percent in Survey of polls.
Therefore, the disappointment in the party was great on election night, one finally had to realize that it did not last. The MDGs ended with 3.9 percent support.
– It was great, says Deputy Director Arild Hermstad.
The latest counts show that the party lacked less than 2,000 votes to reach the limit that gives access to the equalization mandates.
At a meeting of the central board on Thursday afternoon, the party decided that it would lead a work to evaluate the electoral campaign.
– The main objective is to learn to be better equipped for the next time, says Hermstad, who will lead the investigation. He points out that the party has come out ahead and held the best parliamentary elections in its history.
– However, I understand that many are disappointed and I think it was annoying that we did not reach the limit of the barrier.
Both commentators and party profiles have already come out and expressed their frustration. Several have pointed to the ultimatum of the MDGs: At the start of the election campaign, the MDGs make it clear that they will not cooperate with a government that continues to search for new oil fields. Party veteran Jan Bojer Vindheim is one of those who has criticized the ultimatum in an interview on Class struggles.
He also believes that the party leadership has been too polarized in tone.
Criticism of the MDG ultimatum was also on the agenda even after the defeat in 2017, when the party ended with 3.2 percent support. Then, as now, several thought it was a mistake. But the investigation he did not give any clear indication that this was decisive.
One of the conclusions at the time was that it appeared that the party did not have a clear plan to replace the income and jobs of the oil industry. Another explanation was that the party did not appear to be a clear guarantor of a change of government.
– I think it’s about more things, more options, says Hermstad.
– Is this something to evaluate?
– Strategy is more than an ultimatum. We will evaluate the decisions that were made, whether they were correct or followed. That’s the whole strategy we want to analyze, says Hermstad.
Reject the leadership debate
After the 2013 elections, Rasmus Hansson, who was one of the party’s two national spokesmen, decided to resign. He had gambled on being elected from Akershus, but lost his Storting seat. The current party leader, Une Bastholm, was the only one who entered.
The role of the party leader in the election campaign will be part of the evaluation, but not the position of the party leader. She’s sitting safely, Hermstad thinks.
– There are no such discussions in the party. There really is no one who sees a reason for that. She was elected a leader in 2020 and she is safe. It is not on the agenda.
This year, the MDGs will receive three direct mandates.
Bastholm, along with Oslo profile Lan Marie Berg, has been chosen for a direct seat at the Storting. The same was Rasmus Hansson, who is returning to the Storting.
– will not disappear
– It was an electoral campaign where the climate really dominated. Was it a historic missed opportunity for the MDGs?
– Although the climate report hit like a bomb in the election campaign, it is not surprising that the situation is precarious and extraordinary for the climate. It will be in the local elections in 2023 and also in the next parliamentary elections in 2025. It will haunt us and it will not disappear, says Arild Hermstad.
He says the MDGs are also happy that many other parties have shown their climate policy in this election.
– This means that we put the climate on the agenda and that a new government must treat the climate crisis as a real crisis and act accordingly, he believes.