Carl I Hagen, the charismatic and demonstrably effective leader of the Norwegian Progress Party, has published his memoirs, "Speaking Honestly,' and by Aftenposten's account, it's a series of denigrating characteristics of fellow politicians.
Knowing Hagen, the characteristics are probably both sincere and accurate. The question is whether they do anything to elevate the political discourse in Norway. We'll see.
The main point seems to be that the Progress Party in general and Hagen in particular are treated as a fringe party, even if they currently rate as the second largest party in Norway. And here Hagen has a point. Whether or not he takes himself too seriously, a party that attracts this many votes clearly has a political mandate it would be contemptible to dismiss. Agree or disagree with the platform and positions, enough Norwegians stand behind it that it would be undemocratic to poo-poo it. And Hagen makes the point rather well by saying that the secret to his success is simply in taking seriously the attitudes of the Norwegian electorate, or at least a big segment of it.