Friday, December 15, 2006

Danish People's Party fires Minister in Danish Government

The Danish People's party which is the parliamentary basis of the Fogh Rasmussen liberal-conservative government has cut the life line to minister of Family Affairs and Nutrition Lars Barfod.

Lars Barfod har been under mounting criticism after a number of revelations of heavy food security risks. The inspectors of food and nutritional standards in the ministry have not visited and sanctioned all production and distributional facilities in the Danish food sector, resulting in serious problems with the quality of meat in some sales outlets around the country.

It's a bit hypocritical, however, to fire the minister, because the problems are due to a shortage of funds and too few inspectors, after cuts in funding in which the Danish People's Party have contributed with their votes.

The dismissal of the conservative minister has angered the Conservative party which is the coalition partner of Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The latter is being criticised for succumbing too easily to pressure from Pia Kjaersgaard from the DPP. The affair may shorten the life span of the Fogh Rasmussen government which is already suffering greatly in opinion polls. The latest surveys of voter intentions show stronger support for the opposition Social Democrats. The latter will be able to form a government after a general election.


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