Jensen has reason to celebrate

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With her revised national budget in the box, her Progress Party doing well in the polls, her minority government’s coalition remaining intact and her leadership of her party unchallenged, Finance Minister Siv Jensen had reason to celebrate on Wednesday, and not just because June 1st is her birthday.

Siv Jensen says she's found her own style as leader of the Progress Party for the past 10 years, and finance minister for nearly three. PHOTO: Fremskrittspartiet

Siv Jensen says she’s found her own style as leader of the Progress Party for the past 10 years, and finance minister for nearly three. PHOTO: Fremskrittspartiet

Jensen is turning 47 just as Norway’s Oil Fund is turning 20. She was extending congratulations to the fund on Tuesday just before being congratulated herself. The Oil Fund, she wrote on social media Tuesday evening, “gives us enormous possibilities to build out welfare, and in today’s situation when unemployment is rising, jobs can quickly be created when we use extra oil money for buildings and facilities, maintenance of hospitals and for building new roads and rail lines.”

She’d advocated using more oil money for years, to invest in needed infrastructure improvements within Norway instead of simply investing the fund’s proceeds abroad. Now she’s doing so, and catching some criticism for dipping into the fund like never before. At the same time, however, she hasn’t come close to actually tapping as much money as she could under the rules for Oil Fund use. She claims she’s just temporarily using “extra” oil money to lubricate the state budget.

Good poll results
Despite the criticism Jensen can also be comforted by some recently solid public opinion poll results. Her party has not lost voters by being the “little sister” in a minority government with the Conservatives, like many predicted. The most recent “party barometer” conducted for newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) by reesearch firm Sentio showed Jensen’s Progress Party up 2.9 points to claim 17.6 percent of the vote, more than the 16.3 percent that won the party government power for the first time in the last national election. While polls go up and down, the Progress Party has maintained an average of 16.8 percent over the past six months, which DN described as “a stable expression that Siv Jensen is managing to hang on to voters, so far.”

She’s pleased, and credits hard work on the part of government ministers. She thinks the solid poll showings reflect “high visibility, high activity and a budget that takes unemployment seriously.” Her budget won approval from the government’s two support parties in Parliament after a round of weekend negotiations.

Valgnatt 2013

Progress Party leader Siv Jensen caught a lot of attention for wearing a tight-fitting dress adorned with photos of lipstick when the party finally won government power in 2013. She told newspaper Aftenposten this spring that she hasn’t worn it since. “I thought the dress was a bit tough, and it sold out in all the stores after that evening,” she said. “But it’s hanging in the closet.” Jensen said at the time that all the buzz about her dress suggested discrimination against women.  PHOTO: Fremskrittspartiet

Election researcher and professor Frank Aarebrot also claims Jensen’s Progress Party also had some “good timing” with the refugee crisis. “Norway suddenly had a refugee problem and the Progress Party managed to stem the influx,” Aarebrot told DN. “That increases loyalty to the party. The paradox is that when they succeed with their asylum policies, they may disappear from folks’ consciousness and lose support.”

Jensen could also celebrate 10 years as leader of the Progress Party this spring. She told newspaper Aftenposten in connection with her party’s annual meeting  that she felt proud, touched and an enormous sense of responsibility when she was elected in 2006 as the party’s first female leader and following the legendary Carl I Hagen as party boss. “The most important thing for me was to fill the role in my way, not being a bad copy of others,” she said. “It’s something you can only develop over time. I think I’ve done that.”

Her workload is enormous and the pressure “higher than ever,” she concedes, and there are days, she told Aftenposten, “when I just want to pull the covers over my head and let the world move forward without me today.” She always gets up and goes to work, though, and claims to remain highly motivated. “The day that motivation falls, I’ll have to find something else to do,” she said.

That day isn’t likely to come anytime soon. She thrives in her role as finance minister in Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government, but is quick to note that it will be another tough election campaign next year and after the election, all agreements will need to be renegotiated. Her long tenure as a politcian in opposition has left it’s mark, and the opposition politician within her “is still alive and well.”

Jensen and her sister Nina, who heads the environmental organization WWF in Norway and often spars with the finance minister, are both proud descendants of the historic Norwegian feminist Betzy Kjelsberg. The author of a new biolgraphy of Kjelsberg published earlier this year claims that Kjelsberg “built bridges. She talked with everyone, with workers, labour organizations, industrial leaders and women’s rights activists, and expanded their knowledge of one another.” Jensen has learned a lot about that during her time in government, needing to negotiate with three other parties. There may be some cake at the office on Wednesday, but there will also be a lot of work to do.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

  • inquisitor

    I was informed through a series of frank discussions back in 1998 by someone I would label a billionaire “elite” who was somewhat “in-the-know” as to what the future would hold.
    He informed me of many, many things ten to fifteen years in advance that eventually came to fruition.
    I was fortunate enough to have another conversation with this person in 2006. He indicated that the agenda of groups like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, certain UN groups, NGOs and think tanks were working to create instability within western nations for further an agenda toward diminishing prosperity of the middle class, increasing a surveillance police state and a run-up and prodding to go to war with an alliance of China-Russia-Islamic Jihadists. A form of neo-feudalism within a globalist socialist-communist and a simultaneous fascist form of ruleship over the populace. After the next major war, all nations would be weakened and malleable to accept a new world order.
    .
    Race war between the black, latino, muslim and white populations to occur within the US was part of his prediction as one of the manipulations engineered to create strife.
    For Europe, it would be the present immigrant crisis.
    These occurrences are not accidents, but where being strategically talked about and planned twenty years ago.
    We are now experiencing this reality in the present.
    This is actually a purposeful invasion.

    This person informed me of the Hegelian Dialectic being a part of how history was formed, but how this would be used in the political future.
    He said…”The liberal policies of the manipulated progressive left will be used to manipulate the right into an environment of fascism. With fascism, the governments and authorities will grab more control and implement more tyranny.” “It is all a pre-planned strategy where nothing happens by accident.”
    So, now we will see the popularity of the political right begin to rise as a reverberation of the appalling policies of the left that have dominated policies and social engineering for decades. But the solution is not to be found within the left or the right. They are merely used to manipulate toward a pre-determined destination. “Identity politics” is a form of mental brainwashing.

    In relation to this article, this elite person in year 2006 informed me that the political right in Norway would begin to become more popular and gain more acceptance with the Norwegian people. Immigration would be the tool to achieve this social change of perspective.
    He also indicated that certain elite groups were advocating Siv Jensen to eventually become prime minister of Norway.
    When I suggested this rise of the Frp party many years ago to Norwegians they thought it was a ridiculous suggestion and it would never happen.
    Now it has become a reality.
    When I suggest that the Bilderbergers wanted Siv as prime minister they replied that was crazy and would never happen in a million years.
    But now that potential is looking to be quite probable.