From Iceland — Fluorescent Light Bulbs “EU Nonsense,” Says MP

Fluorescent Light Bulbs “EU Nonsense,” Says MP

Published August 27, 2013

A member of parliament for the Progressive Party simultaneously denounced the use of fluorescent light bulbs as “EU nonsense” and showed support for a Norwegian political party often accused of racism.
DV reports that Progressive MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir, posting on her Facebook page, linked to the Norwegian political party Fremskrittspartiet (Progress Party) with the status, “A party that has repealling the ban on incandescent light bulbs in their platform – that’s proper!”
Here Vigdís refers to a European Union ban on the selling of incandescent light bulbs, in favour of longer-lasting, more environmentally friendly fluorescent light bulbs.
However, the Progress Party of Norway is not all about light bulbs. They are also a far right, anti-immigration party that has often been accused of racism.
Nationalist and anti-immigration attitudes have also been associated with the Progressive Party in Iceland. In 2011, members of the party openly criticised Progressive chairperson and now Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson for stirring anti-immigrant sentiment by putting undue attention in parliament on crimes committed by foreigners.

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