September 13, 2005

Not all countries are like the U.S.

Take Norway, for example, which just voted out the conservative government that had run the country for the past four years. But what's really telling is why the Norwegian left has come back to power:

The opposition bloc won the vote on its promises to spend more of the oil-rich country's money on its already generous welfare system. Offshore oil platforms have made it the world's third-largest oil exporter, after Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Much of the election debate focused on how to use the oil income, and [center-right Prime Minister Kjell Magne] Bondevik's campaign was hurt by claims that his tax cuts had only helped the rich. [Emphasis added]

Via UK Guardian.

Posted by Magpie at September 13, 2005 01:08 PM | International | Technorati links |