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'Abolish Sweden's monarchy': Juholt

Published: 11 Apr 2011 08:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Apr 2011 08:46 GMT+02:00

Newly installed Social Democratic party leader Håkan Juholt thinks Sweden's monarchy should be abolished, he said in an interview on Sunday.

Juholt also argued that Sweden should re-introduce some form of wealth tax and that the country also needs a new model for levying property taxes.

He added, however, that he wasn't opposed to another round of income tax cuts.

Juholt made the comments during an interview on Agenda, a current affairs new programme broadcast on Svergies Television (SVT).

In the interview, which included six questions to which he could only answer yes or no, Juholt took a long pause before answering yes to the question of whether the monarchy should be abolished.

He also said the licenced hunting of wolves should be continued, and that petrol taxes should be raised.

However, Juholt did not think that headscarves which cover one's entire face should be prohibited in Swedish schools or that parents should be forced to share parental leave benefits equally.

He also doesn't think Sweden should adopt the euro.

When asked for his views on Sweden's household services tax relief (RUT-avdrag), Juholt said that taxpayer money should be used as effectively as possible.

"Household services tax relief is, at this time, not a priority for us Social Democrats," he said.

Juholt's newly appointed economic policy spokesperson, Tommy Waidelich, has said previously that his wife had used the tax-relief programme, which makes it cheaper for people to take advantage of household services ranging from housecleaning to babysitting.

He explained that the tax break made everyday life easier for his family.

Juholt didn't rule out that his party, like the current centre-right Alliance government, would carry out a fifth round of tax relief under the government's in-work tax credit programme

However, he emphasised that such a step would be taken only if it was seen as the best way to foster growth in the economy, jobs, and investment.

He pointed out that Sweden's tax system is currently the subject of an internal review by the Social Democratic party, adding that, should his party resume power, it would push for a reintroduction of the wealth tax.

"Yes, some form of taxation for those with the highest wealth," he said.

In addition, Juholt said his party is reviewing possible reforms to Sweden's property tax system.

"The old system of property tax was no good; let's see if we can come up with a new model," he said.

Juholt also attacked the government's reforms to Sweden's system of sickness benefits.

"It's not right that people who are worried about their illnesses also have to worry about supporting themselves," he said.

He added that Sweden's unemployment insurance funds (a-kassa) require that those who lose their jobs actively seek employment, but was hesitant in his answer to the question of whether there should be an additional limit.

"People shouldn't be able to stay on a-kassa for an unlimited time, but society as a whole, not only the individual, must take responsibility," he said.

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09:17 April 11, 2011 by the fonz
Same old socialist drivvel. Sweden's economy is being held up as a model for the rest of Europe, proving that lowering direct taxes and allowing wealth creation actually increases the overall tax take, jobs and well being of everyone.

So how does this relatively uneducated person think that increasing taxes would benefit the country? It didn't work before did it?
09:32 April 11, 2011 by isenhand
increasing well being of everyone? With poverty on the increase in Sweden?

And yes, the socialist policies did work well before the 1990s, in fact far too well!!!
09:37 April 11, 2011 by Kevin Harris
One unelected leader wants to abolish the office of another unelected leader because - wait for it - he is unelected. Brilliant!

The rest of it is the usual dogma twice rejected by the electorate. If this is the best Juholt can do, the Moderates are laughing all the way to a third succesive election victory in 2014 . Come on the Social Democrats, change, or Sweden is going to revert to a one-party state.
10:44 April 11, 2011 by technoviking
Yes, more taxes are the solution to everything you communist dinosaur.

Punishing employers and successful entrepreneurs is most certainly the way to create jobs.

Or perhaps to force them to leave.
11:19 April 11, 2011 by johnny1939
Yea, Yea "punish the rich!!!! How dare they think out ways to make money and hire people? They should just get off their high horses and be poor and miserable like the rest of us. Also, we must have more taxes so that we can take in many more immigrants to make our country more diverse and if it all works out we will open reeducation camps for Swedes that dare to be Swedes and believe in the Swedish ways Usch då!!
11:20 April 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Why is it that everbody always askes if they should abolish the Monarchy and nobody ever questions if we should abolish theMarxist idiot????
11:42 April 11, 2011 by flintis
Oh no not another neo-communist socialist twit.

Yeah redefine the property tax so that only the very rich can afford to by somewhere to live.

Abolish the Monarchy & watch tourism drop by 50%, but then they have another excuse to raise taxes.

Sweden are still paying the price of Palme's politics.
11:54 April 11, 2011 by Nemesis
His statements should ensure that the Social Democrats don't get into government again.
11:59 April 11, 2011 by swedejane
Why would tourism drop by half if the monarchy were abolished? What is this based on? To me, the monarchy represents the worst kind of welfare. Off with their heads and return that money to its rightful owners: the taxpayers.

Yes, this Juholt fellow would do well to rethink his views on raising taxes. A "rich" tax may be fine, because how many people would actually be affected by that? A minority, and it has a populist attraction to it (and give me a break with the Ayn Rand drivel...most rich people are not "job creators," they're parasites living off shielded investments or inheritances)...all the other crap though forget it. The math doesn't add up if you're going to have a liberal immigration policy, with increasing unemployment because of unskilled workers entering the country, but then a generous public welfare program. It's noble and commendable, but also naive and unworkable in the long run. Swedes will/have begun demanding more control over their finances because they're seeing a decrease in their quality of life.

The times they are a changin'...
12:10 April 11, 2011 by Jes
This one of the reasons this man would never be the Prime Minister . He is not smart enough .
13:37 April 11, 2011 by Mib
Yes!!!! I thought that when Sahlin resigned, that the Socialists had a chance at the next election. But now they have someone just as bad...so I either expect an outright win for the Alliance or a coalition with the Swedish Democrats holding the key to power :(
13:38 April 11, 2011 by xguild
As an American living in Sweden I can tell you that the stupidest thing I ever did since moving to Sweden was getting a job. I literly made more money as an unemployed foreigner than I ever will as a Swedish Software Developer (my current job) and that is the traggedy of Sweden economics.
13:50 April 11, 2011 by jackx123
wow. this guy is a real marxist with not so well thought through politics like abolishing the monarchy. this is something sweden should be proud of and does carry a lot of clout in many countries. guess who will receive better reception in saudi - this fat slob or the swedish king........
14:09 April 11, 2011 by RobinHood
The King called today for the abolition of Håkan Junholt and the Social Democrat party. He said "They are an unelected anomaly with no place in modern Swedish society. They cost huge amounts of public money, but give us nothing in return except archaic dogma from a time long since past. Hunholt and his party should be replaced with a democratically elected party that properly represents Swedes true values. They just don't represent us anymore."
14:14 April 11, 2011 by Syftfel
Dear Juholt; If this is all you can do, heaven help us. Abolish te monarchy? What a pathetic piece of verbal diarrhea! It does demonstrate, with desired clarity, what you are all about though(as if we didn't know already?). You are looking for a Wilhelm Pieck-style proletarian paradise where the State(capital 'S') controls every aspect of our lives, just like in the good old days under a certain W. Ulbricht, and which your idol O. Palme, thankfully, was denied the opportunity to complete. But by all means Juholt, go on and spew forth your socialist filth. It helps the rest of us. I don't think any decent Swede can take you seriously, and will not even give you a chance in hell. I think I'm gonna go puke!
14:14 April 11, 2011 by foordranata
To this date, the light of ingeniousity has not shed it´s light on me, why Sweden was/is still allowed to play around with it´s krona, not being a part of EMU.

I am the first to establish myself as an idiot, for even to speak of this subject, but how long can a country slip & slide of EMU, like some goddamn piece of swedish summer soap?

I mean, even Estonia finally got the EURO-currency.

There must be some higher, good doing purpose for common good to all EURO-area about letting Sweden go on with their own currency (NOT!)
15:08 April 11, 2011 by eton75
This guy is a stupid twit and will never get elected . I am surprised that his party would choose someone who is so obviously out of step with the rest of the country . Bloody Marxist !
15:08 April 11, 2011 by Rishonim
I agree with him on abolishing the leaches. The rest can be debated.
15:12 April 11, 2011 by JulieLou40
How to win friends & influence people, eh? Juholt is crazy...
15:24 April 11, 2011 by swedejane
@xguild

Can you be specific? Just out of curiousity, as I worked in software dev back in the US but am currently "taking it easy" here in Sweden doing freelance work here and there. What is it like working in the industry here?
16:32 April 11, 2011 by McChatter
Ah, back to the good old days! Joseph Vissarionovich will be proud of you! After all, you nearly look like the Great Leader!
17:26 April 11, 2011 by Åskar
The Liberal party (Folkpartiet), which is a right wing party (I think this should be pointed out for Uessians who have the notion that the word means leaning to the left) also has the abolishment of the monarchy on its party program and the chairman of the Republican club is a parliamentarian for the Christian Democrats.
17:47 April 11, 2011 by Brtahan
As i see here there are lots of haters and anti immigrants , immigrants who are maybe morally or physically supporting Sverige D ! Well i have one answer for all of you, be happy when SD will kick all of you it doesnt matter if you are American or from Europe or with blue eyes and blond hair as long as you are a foreigner you will be soon kicked , beaten or treated like 3rd class citizen ! As For Juholts Ideas , thats great increasing Tax for the extremely rich they will be still rich! , and they dont represent a huge part of the population , Sharing is caring after all , if they like it or not. For the normal people it wouldnt make a huge difference but it will help them have better society to live in.Abolishing the Monarchy which has been a symbol for sweden maybe thats not a great idea , Sticking to kronors is a good idea why should they pay debts of other EU countries?
19:41 April 11, 2011 by Carbarrister
Here we go again. "Tax the rich, feed the poor till we have no rich no more." As Margaret Thatcher stated in the 1980's, "What happens when you run out of other peoples money to confiscate".
20:04 April 11, 2011 by Tanskalainen
If they abolish the monarchy Princess Madeleine can come live with me. I won't mind, honestly.
22:54 April 11, 2011 by Ivan Juric
I have nothing against a monarchy but funding them should be abolished, if they want to remain royal let them pay for it...see how long they hang around for then.
23:33 April 11, 2011 by technoviking
This guy is an idiot, but don't count him out.

Bush got elected twice. You never know...

Sometimes the idiot you underestimate has the last laugh.
01:14 April 12, 2011 by GLO
This guy is an Idiot, Idiot, Idiot!!!! Done....
01:57 April 12, 2011 by Frank Lee
A wealth tax? Isn't that the most discredited idea in all of economics?
05:56 April 12, 2011 by Arcticeric
long live the King and monarchy!
10:04 April 12, 2011 by wenddiver
@Brthan- be happy when SD will kick all of you it doesnt matter if you are American or from Europe or with blue eyes and blond hair as long as you are a foreigner you will be soon kicked , beaten or treated like 3rd class citizen !

We are guests, not here to conquer your culture or replace you in your home, if you want the US Citizens out have your government tell the nearest US Embassy and the US Marines will chopper them out to the Fleet.

As to SD physically attacking US Citizens, I don't think they have a problem with us, besides when a Mutt goes out into the world, thereare two two things he is prepared for to be kicked at by snobs and to defend himself. My Dogs are more than capable of defending themselves, if it comes to that.
12:53 April 12, 2011 by flintis
@swedejane:- tourism dropping by 50% was a generalism, but funnily enough a vast majority of tourist come to Sweden because they have a monarchy, like the yanks going to see Buck Palace & Lizzy II.

Software developers in Sweden, expats earn substantially more than locally employed.
13:06 April 12, 2011 by Åskar
@flintis

Show us the statistics behind that claim, please.
13:36 April 12, 2011 by Jes
The general consesus here is that the man with Hitlers moustache is not smart . He obviously does not know that when he accepted to be the leader of an historical political party , he lost some of his private rights to offer personal opinions on public issues .

So , the next question should be : is his position the same as that of the party that he leads ? Does the Social Democtric party think that the monarchy should be abolished or not ?

If yes , why have they not suggested so all the years they have been in power

If not , what kind of relationship will there be between Prime Minister Juholt`s government and the King who happens to be the Head Of State ?

Surely , Juholt will not be ready to work under a Head Of State whose institution he does not respect .

The Social Democratic`s secretariet needs to come out with a clarification on this one .
00:28 April 13, 2011 by bira
Yeah that's it, drive the rich Swedes out of the country again. That's healthy for the economy. Same old retarded socialist drivel and one of the main reasons I left Sweden.
14:33 April 13, 2011 by cogito
@flintis #32

If monarchy draws tourists, how do you explain that France, which guillotined its royals over two centuries ago, draws more tourists by far than any other European nation?
14:46 April 13, 2011 by Jes
@cogito , what attracts tourists to one country is never the same as what attracts them to another country . France has got other things that tourists like . food , fashion , romance etc . Also , Monaco is popular and successful thanks to its monarchy .
17:13 April 15, 2011 by Catarin
Most Americans are impressed by monarchies and want to visit the "castles" where they live and learn the histories. The upcoming wedding of William and Kate in England has caused a frenzy among some young women here. A teenager in Texas went on a hunger strike and said only an invitation to the wedding would save her. Other girls are planning to move to England to see if they can ensnare Harry because they want so badly to be princesses. Monarchies do thrill some people, that's for sure.

I'm retired and live in Minnesota and for years I had the Sweden/Switzerland identity mixup. We are taught little geography here so we have to learn it on our own. I finally learned it. The Swedes have a lot of blonds, so do the Swiss and maybe that's part of it.
17:47 April 15, 2011 by zoroastrina
The morally excrementitious Ayn Rand was a Nietzschean without ever having read Nietzsche. The Nietzschean overman (Übermensch) despises such ideas as are embodied in Shakespearean sonnet on mercy.

(Line 5 is a lie.)
03:12 April 23, 2011 by registeredb1b
It was a good day till I stopped by at Local...Turkish "Håkan Juholt " would probably want to have instead his ata Turk.
22:37 April 25, 2011 by rumcajs
Most of you dont know what you say. Sweden is OK now coz people have lived and live well and are able to consume (even in the middle of a crsis) and that's something very old, not because the moderates did a great job just now (and I'm not saying they did a bad one).

For most of you paying taxes is painfull lke a kick in the balls coz you say they're gonna pay lazy people's biills, but if it's for supportng a lazy royalty then it's fine.... why? They are the same lazy or even more..... even worse, they are also extravagant.

The faxt that a country's economy is OK doesn't always mean that people are ok .... people = you and I.

Think a bit before writing.
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