“Connecting with the electorate” is that weirdly vague phrase politicians use when they want to appear in tune with those they govern. Largely it is mere campaign puff, but one Nordic MP has really taken it to heart, by posing as a taxi driver to hear the issues of the man and woman on the street.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg commandeered a taxi, and donned an official driver’s uniform and shades before ferrying people around Oslo for an afternoon.
Claiming that people only share their true views with anonymous cabbies, he engaged his passengers in conversation and only revealed who he really was if they recognised him.
His conversations were captured on a rear-facing video camera mounted on the dashboard, which can be viewed above.
"It is important for me to hear what people really think," Stoltenberg told Norwegian media.
"And if there is one place people really say what they think about most things, it's in the taxi."
The Norwegian premier admitted that it was the first time he’d been behind the wheel in eight years. His passengers – most of whom unsurprisingly wanted to talk politics – were not charged for their rides.
The stunt will be used to create a video to be used in the PM’s forthcoming election campaign, in which he is lagging behind the opposition, despite enjoying popularity amongst the people.
Would you like to have a private one on one with our PM David Cameron? If you had a ten-minute cab ride together what would you want to talk about? Have your say below.
August 12, 2013