With parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in Norway on 9 September 2013, this article in thelocal is interesting in more ways than one, mainly because I do not recall it receiving much, if any, mention in our media. It relates to a call from Norway’s Conservative Party (Høyre) for the construction of rudimentary jails for foreigners.
“If the Conservatives win next autumn’s election, foreign prisoners can still expect to be given food and shelter, but very little else, newspaper Aftenposten reports. [be warned: its in Norwegian - Ed.]
”We don’t need to expend resources on the rehabilitation of convicted criminals who will not be reintegrated into Norwegian society, but will be deported from the country,” deputy party leader Bent Høie told the paper.
”Nor do we need to offer them education or any other assistance to prepare them for a life in Norway,” said Høie, the chief architect of the Conservatives’ draft parliamentary policy programme for the next four years.”
Needless to say this suggestion did not go down too well with the socialist element of Norwegian politics.
Neither is it any good for us in the UK to wish the force of conservatism be with Theresa – but I digress.