Thursday, December 9

The Hurdal platform is nowhere near the change we promised


– I could not sign this platform. He’s too far from us, says SV leader Audun Lysbakken.

– Too much gray and too little red and green, says SV leader Audun Lysbakken on the Hurdal platform. Behind SV Communications Manager Siri Gjørtz.

SV leader Audun Lysbakken carefully sways in comments to the Støre government’s political platform:

On the one hand, it marked the SV in the new role of independent opposition party in a Storting with a red-green majority. On the other hand, he emphasized that SV is looking forward to opportunities to contribute to a new red-green course.

– We recognize some main characteristics that were important reasons why SV entered the opposition. On this platform, there is too much gray and too little red and green, he says.

According to Lysbakken, SV will contribute to “a stronger policy of fair distribution and more environmental if the government comes to negotiate with us.”

– It is up to the government itself what it wants to be: a central government running slalom or part of a red-green collaboration with us, says Lysbakken.

He avoided specifically answering what SV will do if the Støre government does not comply with SV’s demands.

– Is SV still condemned to vote for the Labor Party budget so as not to reinstate Erna Solberg as Prime Minister?

– No. But we would like to vote through a budget in which we negotiate better solutions. So it’s probably the opposite: if this government is going to have the support of its own voters, then they must turn to us. Because the alternative is to go right, he says.

– That’s why we left Hurdal

Lysbakken believes that the platform has made it clear to everyone why SV was unable to enter this government.

– The Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party are not willing to go far enough when it comes to the redistribution of power and wealth. Not in matters of nature, climate and oil, he says.

– How would SV members react if you had come between the Labor and Social Democratic leaders and presented this platform?

– It would not be possible to enter the government on this basis. We would not be anywhere near fulfilling the change we promised.

– I am very confident that we can do a better job for those who have voted for us here in the Storting rather than in government.

– Did the oil and gas writing get worse after SV stopped exploration at Hurdal?

– I don’t dare say that on the fly. I would say that the main features of this were familiar to us. That’s why we left Hurdal, says Lysbakken.

The platform promises that “Those who earn less than 750,000 a year will pay less in taxes, while those who earn more will pay more. 8 out of 10 will receive a lower income tax with the Labor Party. “

– Better than Erna Solberg

The Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party also announce measures ensuring that “the wealthiest contribute a fair share to the community through the estate tax.” This will be done, among other things, by reducing the stock discount from 50 to 20 percent. This means that stocks, commercial real estate, etc. they are valued and taxed at 80 percent of value.

– Does Ap-Sp warn of fiscal changes that will reduce inequality?

– This is a fiscal policy that is better than Erna Solberg’s. But that shouldn’t be a criterion for the left. Because if we want to break down the differences, we need stronger bleach.

– The improvement can take place in two ways: first, the taxation of the richest in Norway must be sharpened and the income of those who have the least must be increased.

Second: then the government must collect much more from the Conservatives’ tax cuts. To be able to fund wellness reforms, for example the SFO and dental health reform, says Lysbakken.

The reason is that the Støre government has simultaneously written two concrete promises on the platform:

“Keep the general level of taxes and fees for people’s income unchanged.”

‘Follow a predictable and responsible tax policy towards the business community and keep corporate tax at 22 per cent throughout the entire Storting period.

Political explosives

But there is a phrase about oil and gas that contains more political explosives than any other: Permits will continue to be granted to explore for oil and gas in new areas.

It shows that the Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party are on a collision course on one of the great issues of the day. The Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party want the oil industry to develop and not be liquidated. They want to maintain high incomes and jobs and “facilitate a continued high level of activity on the Norwegian platform.”

SV wants to take stronger action and has proposed stopping exploration. They find support in the climate panel report and the UN Secretary General António Guterre’s statement that countries must “stop all new exploration and production of fossil fuels and transfer subsidies for fossil fuels to renewable energy.”

– If we want to solve the climate crisis and develop Norwegian industry, we must reduce dependence on oil. There will be no changes in oil policy. We do not agree with that, concludes Lysbakken.


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