• Sweden edition
 
Ministers take the train to counter opposition

Ministers take the train to counter opposition

Published: 04 May 2010 18:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 May 2010 18:42 GMT+02:00

The ministers, who also include Finance Minister Anders Borg and the leaders of the three smaller governing parties, are taking a train to Gothenburg to clarify the government's platform after the Red-Green opposition announced its economic policies on Monday.

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund believes public opinion will favour the Alliance government now that the Red-Green coalition has presented its budget proposal.

"Let's get the election campaign started," he said. "Now there are two clear options: one for jobs and enterprise and one which wishes to increase subsidies. We will stop in several cities along the way and tell people about our vision for our platform."

A cabinet meeting was held on board the train during the trip. Björklund believes that it will be easier to reverse the government's gloomy opinion figures now that the Red-Greens have laid their cards on the table.

The four party leaders, Reinfeldt, Björklund, Maud Olofsson of the Centre Party and Göran Hägglund of the Christian Democrats, first went to Norrköping to take the city's famous tram and held a public hearing. The party leaders also participated in a joint appearance in Borås in the afternoon before arriving in Gothenburg. Some of the ministers on board were already in Södertälje, while others got off along the way.

At Stockholm's Central Station, party leaders met with demonstrators who protested that too little is being done to reduce youth unemployment. Employment Minister Sven Otto Littorin took the opportunity to criticize the opposition for proposing the reversal of a reduction in payroll taxes for young people.

Olofsson called the Red-Green proposal a "penalty tax" on the young.

"It dramatically reduces the opportunities young people have to find jobs," said Olofsson.

At a press conference on board the train, the Alliance government presented its own report on its efforts to fulfill election promises from 2006. According to the government, it has implemented 103 of its 131 manifesto promises. Another 23 are being implemented, while five have not yet been met.

Among the five are abolishing compulsory military service, reducing the maximum rate for luxury taxes and transferring the tax cost of road traffic injuries to motor vehicle insurance.

Olofsson gave herself and the government high marks.

"We have carried out what we promised, we have accomplished what we wanted to achieve, but there is more to do," she said, referring to the conservative alliance's upcoming election manifesto in mid-August, when its new proposals will be presented.

In order to show the differences between them and the Red-Green opposition, the four party leaders also singled out nine campaign promises of what they would not do. For example, they will not introduce a kilometre tax on heavy traffic nor a quota on parental leave, as well as make it more expensive to hire young people, they said.

Related links:

TT/Vivian Tse (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:56 May 5, 2010 by Jan M
The Opposition announce spending plans for the rail system and then the Government decides to conduct their business on a train. If the Opposition announced spending on cycle lanes would the Government meet up on unicycles? Pathetic. The only message it sends is if you want a bunch of people who can think for themselves and not be swayed by the Opposition then this lot aren't it. To compound that by giving themselves top marks is even more ridiculous. I hope they're proposing that pupils will be able to write their own reports and then simply get the teachers to sign them off in future to cut down on admin. Sad, sad, sad.
14:09 May 5, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Jan, I think this rail tour of Sweden, involving 14 busy ministers, was oganised many months ago, and certainly not the spontaneous event you seem to think it was.
18:49 May 5, 2010 by Harry Lagman
Why are they all travelling on the same train?

What happens if it's in an accident and they all get killed?

Clearly these people do not even read the news about what happened in Poland recently.

The Swedish government does not seem to have heard two important words: "risk management".
23:07 May 5, 2010 by wxman
Politicians in all nations are a bunch of showboating, substance-lacking assclowns. I'm disgusted with the lot of them.
Today's headlines
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Photo: TT

Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains

Torrential rains in western Sweden have left some towns submersed as water levels have risen to 1.5 metres above normal for the season with forecasts indicating that is worse to come. READ  

Ebola crisis
Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund
Photo: TT

Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund

Sweden has offered a new sizeable contribution to the fund set up by UN chief Ban K-moon to fight the Ebola outbreak. READ  

Society
'Dark forces' target refugee hunting scheme
Photo: Lars-Göran Thuresson/Älgriket

'Dark forces' target refugee hunting scheme

The Swedish hunting association runs a project to encourage young asylum-seekers to learn about hunting, a move which has proved controversial among some far right groups. READ  

Business & Money
American sales squeeze Ericsson profits
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg presents the third-quarter earnings report at the company's headquarters in Kista. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a decline in net profit in the third quarter despite an increase in sales, boosted by business in emerging markets. READ  

Interview
'Too many concerts feel the same'
Sofar hosts secret gigs in Swedish apartments. Photo: Sofar

'Too many concerts feel the same'

Kattis Bjork founded Stockholm's secret gig scene - Sofar - a year ago. The Local caught up with her as she prepared to celebrate the project's anniversary this weekend and revealed the concept will spread to other Swedish cities in 2015. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Ships are returning to shore in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder. READ  

Business & Money
US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks
Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts on a truck engine on an assembly line at Volvo Trucks' powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, March 2014. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets. READ  

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
Cigarettes and beer photo: Shutterstock

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police. READ  

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water
A Swede loads a car with alcohol in northern Germany. File photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Swedish police say they will pay a man 16,000 kronor ($2,200) in damages after much of the alcohol they confiscated from him was stolen, while many of the bottles they returned were filled with water. READ  

Diplomacy
US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
File photo: Athena Center for Leadership Studies

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
Blog updates

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 

24 October

Is darkness weather? (Blogweiser) »

"I try very hard not to talk about the weather. This has come after a decade..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

974
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN