essay on party politics in Denmark from 1963 to 2000
- The VS emerged at the end of 1967 as a
splinter group from the Socialist People's Party (SF).
The SF, after suffering from internal dissention over
cooperation with the Social Democrats (SD), finally split
in the waning days of 1967, with a third of the SF
delegation turning the balance to bring down the
Government. After a special party congress, the "right
wing" of the party held a fractional majority, and the
left wing walked out and formed the VS. Quickly
mobilizing, they succeeded in getting on the ballots for
the January 1968 elections, though the party never
managed to obtain more than two or three percent of the
seats in the legislature. In a symbolic attempt at
ideological purity, the VS took the original name of the
Communist Party (DKP) before it was changed after joining
Comintern. Though the VS had not been directly
represented in the legislature after failing to obtain
the two percent minimum in the 1988 elections, it has
resurfaced as part of the Red-Green Unity List
(Enhedslisten-de Rød-Grønne--ERD), composed
of the VS, DKP, and the Socialist Workers Party.
The ERD has taken three percent of the seats in two
successive elections, in 1994 and again in 1998.