Politicians will do funny silly things to get voted into office and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg proved the point recently in a publicity stunt in his uphill task to get re-elected.
He donned dark glasses, a uniform and went behind the wheels of a locl taxi to listen to his potential voters.
Imagine a Goodluck Jonathan, a Paul Biya or a Uhuru Kenyatta taking such an unorthodox method to get votes.
The Prime minister later said he will always remember the shock when some people learnt the talkative guy behind the drivers wheel was the Prime Minister. His opponents will need to raise their game now.
The jury is still out on this one.
Norway’s prime minister has revealed he took an unconventional approach to finding out voters’ concerns – by going undercover as a taxi driver.
In a video posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Jens Stoltenberg said: “It’s important for me to hear what people really think. If there’s one place where people say what they think, it’s in the taxi.”
The video was released while campaigning is in full swing for the September 9 general election, which Mr Stoltenberg’s ruling leftist coalition appears likely to lose, according to the latest opinion polls.
Mr Stoltenberg wore an Oslo Taxi uniform – complete with a badge – one afternoon in June and picked up passengers in a black Mercedes in the Norwegian capital.
A hidden camera fitted in the cab recorded reactions from the passengers, including one who remarked: “From this angle, he really looks like the prime minister.”
An elderly woman who also recognised the politician urged him to do something about “the salaries of bosses”, complaining that “they should not make millions like that”.
Beyond revelations from the clients, Mr Stoltenberg himself had one to give away, admitting to a passenger who recognised him that he had not driven in eight years.
Asked by tabloid Verdens Gang if he would like to be a taxi driver if he lost the elections, he said: “I think that the country and Norwegian taxi passengers are better served if I were a prime minister and not a taxi driver.”
According to the newspaper, the passengers did not have to pay for their journeys