Norwegian markets in everything

by on August 13, 2013 at 11:30 am in Political Science | Permalink

The multiple layers of deceit in this Shakespearean story are becoming increasingly strange:

Norwegian prime minister defends cab stunt as it emerges passengers were paid

An audacious election stunt where Norway’s Prime Minister worked undercover as a cab driver has backfired after it emerged that five of his passengers had been vetted and paid.

Here is more, via Yannikouts.

1 Ron August 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

This shouldn’t surprise anyone given how expertly filmed the story was. Sometimes knee-jerk cynicism is spot on.

2 Andreas Moser August 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

End of career.

3 James Oswald August 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Oh, Norway. Here in America it’s not even a scandal when our president kills and tortures innocent people.

4 msgkings August 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Man, Bush has been out of office for 5 years, leave it alone already.

5 Andrew` August 14, 2013 at 2:57 am

Kind of a shame our duality system makes it so we can’t believe both sides are evil and acting contrary to their own principles.

6 msgkings August 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Or we can understand that that’s how politicians always are and always have been. In a democracy you have to pander. It’s not evil, it’s just how it works.

Principled non-panderers get about as far in a modern democracy as Ron Paul or Ralph Nader

7 CBBB August 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

He could easily be talking about Obama

8 TMC August 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

He was.

9 We can do this all day! August 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Listen, friend, Jackson hasn’t been in the White House for 175 years. You Whiggish zealots need to give it a rest.

10 James Oswald August 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

For the record, I was talking about FDR’s internment of the Japanese.

11 C August 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Something is rotten in the state of Norway.

12 Steve Sailer August 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

My first thought upon reading about this awhile back was: “Wouldn’t the PM wind up mostly driving foreigners to the airport?”

It would have been pretty funny if he’d ended up giving Tom Friedman a ride to the airport, then made a speech about what he learned about the world being flat from an American with a big mustache, while Friedman writes a column about how a distinguished-looking Norwegian cabbie gave him some new talking points about what the man in the Oslo street wants for Tom’s next Davos speech.

13 Mr. Econotarian August 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I was wondering how they were handling the participant video/audio rights release issue.

Many people would be mad if they showed up in a taxi and were videotaped for (basically) a political ad without prior warning.

I’m not surprised they were “pre-processed” to some extent regarding this.

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