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Sahlin turns to party old guard for election surge

TT/The Local · 13 Apr 2010, 10:56

Published: 13 Apr 2010 10:56 GMT+02:00

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Party leader Mona Sahlin is joined by Ylva Johansson, Thomas Bodström, Sven-Erik Österberg, Ibrahim Baylan, Leif Pagrotsky, Thomas Östros and Carin Jämtin as the people chosen to lead the campaign for the election.

The eight leading party politicians will be backed up by an army of "election workers, bloggers, tweeters, mailshot dispensers, bill posters, local activists and cold-callers, and first and foremost all those who will cast their votes for the Social Democrats on September 19 to ensure the long-awaited change of government will take place," the party writes in a statement on Tuesday.

Mona Sahlin laid out the results of early negotiations with left-green coalition partners in an opinion article in the Dagens Nyheter daily on Tuesday.

The party presented four new policy goals - more jobs, more education, less child poverty, and less dependency on social welfare.

With regard to jobs, Sahlin presented a target of 80 percent employment among those aged 20 to 64. This will be achieved by special efforts for young people and those newly arrived in Sweden.

The education goal involves half of all young people starting higher education studies before the age of 25.

Child poverty will be cut by raising supplementary child allowances, student supplementary child allowances, and increased maintenance support for single parents. The goal is for the number of children in families dependent on social welfare will be cut by 50,000 by 2015.

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Finally the Social Democrats want to cut those on social welfare by 25 percent by 2015, with an eventual goal of cutting 2010 numbers in half.

The Social Democrats, together with the Left Party and the Green Party, have previously said that concrete costed initiatives will be forthcoming when they present their joint budget proposition on May 3rd.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:24 April 13, 2010 by zircon
And how much is going back into Welfare?
13:14 April 13, 2010 by cbeynch
So far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong) none of the faces above have ever worked a day in their lives! All of them are professional politicians fattened by, ill gotten, taxpayer funds. Why can we not get people to represent us who know what it's like to hold a job and work for a living? This pathetic, left wing, cabal all know better than you and me, in true orwellian fashion, and love to tell us what's best for us. It is up to all of to see to it that this sordid nest of leeches never again gets near a government building. Show them all the door in september!
13:44 April 13, 2010 by rugla
Could not agree more with you CBEYNCH, a waste of space that is what they are!
14:58 April 13, 2010 by Kevin Harris
The Moderates tried to introduce a few people from the real world at the beginning of their current term. Unfortunately few of us real world citizens can sustain the press investigation into our private and professional lives. Most of us have a blemish somewhere, and the slightest indiscretion is presented as a reason for being unfit for public office. With this attitude prevailing, only professional politicians, groomed from childhood, are pure enough to represent us. That's one of the reasons why most Swedish politicians, of all parties, are such a shoddy lot, anyone with any real competence keeps well away from politics in Sweden and does something more useful to society.
15:05 April 13, 2010 by Elton John
If young people and newly arrived should get jobs, then the Social Democrats need to abolish the minimum wage and LAS. But they would never do that.

Before people jump to conclusions, I know there is in theory no such thing as a minimum wage in Sweden. But the trade unions pretty much make it a reality. We all know the power these trade unions have. Just ask the Latvian people about Byggnads. Or how about searching for "Le Croissant" (Niklas Andersson) or "Wild´n fresh" (Sofia Appelgren).

We also know about the friendship between the Social Democrats and Kommunal (or LO for that matter).
15:11 April 13, 2010 by babychuma
Thats right Kevin, a mistake is only evidence that someone actually did something. When we elect people who have never made one we elect those who have never acomplished anything either, except being great at spending other peoples money they're completely incompetent.
15:15 April 13, 2010 by Scepticion
Target of 80% employment? Meaning the want 20% unemployment, a doubling of the current rate. What a program...

Well, I know the numbers are not to be interpreted like that, but one could...
15:36 April 13, 2010 by Elton John
cbeynch: Well, Thomas Bodström has a law firm.
18:24 April 13, 2010 by cbeynch
A law firm???? Being a lawyer is probably the least desirable profesion one can think of. But being a lawyer can be a good predatory tool to steal, cheat and lie, just the way politicians do. A lawyer today is a vulture with a law degree. Look at this pathetic Silbersky creature who has now taken on the Landskrona case, defending a lebanese national accused of murder. Yes, all criminals deserve a defense. Although this Silbersky snake oil salesman, like most lawyers, is more interested in self aggrandization than in justice. So if Bodström is lawyer, I rest my case. Has noone been a plumber, office worker or dental assistant?
02:26 April 14, 2010 by kzjh72
@Kevin Harris & @babychuma

There is one notable exception to the rule that politicians can't get away with mistakes and still keep their job. The current leader of the largest opposition party has done far worse mistakes than not paying her TV license and she will most likely be our next prime minister.
09:39 April 14, 2010 by bocale1
May I challenge your fascist fervor by asking you why good politicians should comes from other professions when this comment would sound totally stupid when talking about any other job (can you imagine someone complaining about a dentist just because he/she worked as dentist all life)?

And by the way, what is the profession that Reinfeldt and the major part of Alliance leaders excel in?

I am not aware of Reinfeldt as very successful businessman neither... but from the other side, in this moment, I cannot recall any businessman being a very good politician and viceversa...
11:08 April 14, 2010 by cbeynch
@bocale1; Spoken like a true, totally SSU-indoctrinated social democrat. You have just shown us all why socialist buraeucrats must never again be permitted to decide anything. They're only in it for themselves.
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