• Sweden edition
 
Juholt slammed for 'failing' Social Democrats

Juholt slammed for 'failing' Social Democrats

Published: 02 Jan 2012 06:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Jan 2012 06:52 GMT+01:00

"It is a serious failure of Social Democracy and of our party leader. The confidence in Håkan Juholt was down to a catastrophic 16 percent shortly before Christmas. Our awful position and low trust cannot be blamed on anyone else."

Ex-minister Johansson wrote on her blog that the former giant Swedish political party now seems to be stuck at 25 percent of voter support, which she is not satisfied with.

"It is the party itself and our leader who have messed up," she added.

However, despite the stinging criticism Johansson doesn't wish to see Juholt step down.

Maintaining that she believes Juholt has failed in his task, she said that it is now up to him and the party to make it right again.

The object of writing in the blog was to highlight how this is a problem for the party to solve together, that the blame can't be passed on to someone else, she told news agency TT.

"This is a very serious situation. Month after month we get historically low results in polls both for the party and for the party leader," she said.

"What I want to say in the blog is that we can't blame this on anyone else and that it is in our own hands."

Despite the harsh words, Johansson claims she still has faith in Juholt, and that she simply wishes he is able to turn the situation around.

"I hope so," she told TT.

Ylva Johansson is currently the deputy chair of the Riksdag Committee on the Labour Market, and has held a number of ministerial position throughout her career as a Social Democrat politician.

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

09:08 January 2, 2012 by johan rebel
Ha ha ha ha, this is even funnier than American wrestling. Sweden is not exactly world-famous for its stand-up comedians, but S are doing their best to rectify the matter.

Please keep going until the 2014 elections, guys and gals. By that time the only people still voting for S will be those who believe it is the duty of other taxpayers to provide them with an income for life. Unless even they have defected to V.
10:07 January 2, 2012 by RobinHood
I am certain the electorate will soon recognise Mr Julholt's as the right man to lead Sweden to a better future. The Social Democrat party must stick with him and the policies that have served it so well these past two elections.
10:11 January 2, 2012 by Douglas Garner
Johan... I disagree with alot of what you have to say... but not this time!

Perhaps this is a well laid-out plan by S. To undo the damage to their image created by Juholt would be an uphill battle. But, if they let Juholt remain until the economic or other parts of the political system display significant strain... THEN pull a new leader in to rally the troops and gain dissatisfied members of other parties they would appear much more attractive.
14:21 January 2, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Either Mr Juholt will lead the Social Democrats to victory in the 2014 election (as Robin Hood suggests) - or he will fail, quite possibly resign, and a new leader take over with new window dressing - sorry policies. Lol!
21:47 January 2, 2012 by swedejane
Any man with a moustache like that is a born leader.
Today's headlines
National
Swedish man beats bus in video challenge
Busses in Sundbyberg could be targeted by copycat runners. Photo: TT

Swedish man beats bus in video challenge

After a video of a man sprinting between underground stops in London went viral last week, a Swedish runner took up the challenge of beating his bus in Sundbyberg in north west Stockholm. READ  

National
Flood and high wind warning in east Sweden
Stockholm experienced heavy rain on Sunday. Photo: TT

Flood and high wind warning in east Sweden

After heavy rain broke off the September sunshine in eastern Sweden on Sunday, forecasters warn more bad weather is on the way. READ  

Tech
World car record on Malmö bridge

World car record on Malmö bridge

The longest electric car parade on a bridge between two countries was formed on the Öresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark on Sunday, with environmental campaigners breaking several other world records in the process. READ  

National
Two hurt in Helsingborg ferry crash
The damaged ferry is being inspected on Monday. Photo: TT

Two hurt in Helsingborg ferry crash

UPDATED: A ferry crashed into a pier in the port of Helsingborg in southern Sweden on Sunday night, with two people taken to hospital following the collision. READ  

Elections 2014
Waiting game for Social Democrat leader
Stefan Löfven will return to parliament on Friday. Photo: TT

Waiting game for Social Democrat leader

Stefan Löfven, who has been tasked with forming Sweden's next government, is facing an anxious few days ahead of his next crucial meeting with Parliament's speaker on Friday. READ  

National
Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Summer has come to a definite end in Kiruna as residents of the northern town were greeted with a blanket of snow on Sunday morning. READ  

Elections 2014
Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart
Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. Photo: Leo Sellén/TT

Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart

Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson has said that the election success of the Sweden Democrats is a "slap" in the face for the Stockholm establishment. READ  

National
Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis
Somali nationals taking part in a demonstration against deportations in Stockholm. File photo:Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/ TT

Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis

Three young men in southern Sweden suspected of attacking Somali refugees with stones and screaming "sieg heil" have been indicted on charges of racial agitation. READ  

National
Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Sweden is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report. READ  

National
Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune
Eric Westerberg's homemade submarine Isabelle. Photo: PS.nu

Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune

A Swedish submarine enthusiast who spent over 3,500 hours making his own vessel has sold his prized possession for 705,000 kronor ($98,500) in an online auction. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: September 20th
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Blog updates

20 September

How a Frog Can Save the Environment (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"What we do we imagine when we think of children enjoying nature? Perhaps it’s fishing, marveling at lightning bugs on a muggy July day or blowing on the wispy petals of a dandelion to make a special wish. But perhaps most iconic of the playful innocence in childhood is hopping after and trying to catch..." READ »

 

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
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

846
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