In the United States, after winning the Super Bowl, World Series, or other major sporting event, fans are often eager to get their hands on the winning team’s merchandise. To meet this demand, manufacturers and retailers are producing and stocking two sets of hats, t-shirts and other memorabilia declaring each team a winner.
Today in Denmark, the political parties are preparing in the same way, without even knowing if the game is being played.
Since Radikale urged Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to call a general election five days ago, the Gripsign printing house has received thousands of orders for election posters from all major parties, the company’s chief said, Steffen Floe, at CPH POST.
“Everyone wants to book now and have their campaign ready. Lately it was the Tour de France, and now this. We have been working like maniacs for a year!
Radikale calls for elections before October 4
Radikale’s demand for a snap election came following a statement by the Mink Commission, which harshly criticized the Prime Minister for ordering the slaughter of 17 million mink without legal authorisation.
Sofie Carsten Nielsen, the chairwoman of Radikale, said the prime minister should call an election as soon as possible, and no later than October 4. Otherwise, Nielsen said, his party will call for a vote of no confidence.
“New air and new oxygen is needed for Christiansborg,” Nielsen told DR. “And voters must be allowed to participate in the debate on, and ultimately tick off, who they want to lead the country in the future after an election.”
It is unclear whether the PM will respond to requests
However, as election posters are printed, political commentators disagree on whether the prime minister will comply with Radikale’s demands.
Noa Reddington, expert and former Socialdemokratiet adviser, said Frederiksen had no choice.
“We are now in the situation where we know that there must be legislative elections. It will be a choice that will bear on the perfection of power. It will be an election about how to govern Denmark,” Reddington said, according to TV2.
Peter Morgenesen disagrees.
“I am absolutely certain that the Social Democrats will do everything possible not to go in the direction of the Radikales,” the economist and political commentator told TV2.
“An election following the mink affair would seem to suggest that the government’s handling of the affair has been something of a Ragnarok. This is not the best basis for an election.