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Left Party calls for municipal hairdressers

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 15 Jun 2010, 07:57

Published: 15 Jun 2010 07:57 GMT+02:00

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"If they are serious about free choice then they have to want it in all sectors, otherwise it is just rot," said Lucas Lennartsson, chair of the Left Party in Sjöbo in a challenge to the Alliance coalition majority.

Furthermore Lennartsson and the Left Party don't want to stop with a public haircutting service, releasing a long list of business sectors that they argue should be in the public sphere, such as adult education and mobility services.

The Sjöbo Left Party leader meanwhile concedes that his outburst should be seen more as a challenge to the centre-right and their "free-choice" rhetoric.

"Hopefully they can take it a little seriously and meet us halfway. Or they will just have to admit that they are just out to privatise and then we will fight them every step of the way," Lennartsson told the newspaper.

Lennartsson underlined that the Left Party would rather that "everything" was in the public sector and returned to his hairdresser proposal.

"I believe in introducing public hairdressers in, for example, homes for the elderly, who charge what it costs and nothing more."

But the Left Party initiative has been met with scorn by the governing Moderate

municipal commissioner, Stefan Lundgren:

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"The council should not busy itself with solariums and hairdressers. That is the sort of thing that goes on in collectivized countries."

While Lundgren defended the municipality's privatisation drive, which he claimed provided jobs and tax revenues, he stressed that publicly-owned services would be considered "where necessary".

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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09:14 June 15, 2010 by calebian22
"The Sjöbo Left Party leader meanwhile concedes that his outburst should be seen more as a challenge to the centre-right and their "free-choice" rhetoric."

I love how government run and controlled is more of a free choice stance than privately owned. Leftists really do live in a fantasy land.
09:56 June 15, 2010 by tgolan
the left are facists
11:01 June 15, 2010 by apostolos1975
"existing private "monopoly""

Are these guys on DRUGS? Quick someone tells us what do they take? Complete and total retards!!!
13:33 June 15, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Another 10 000 votes to the Moderate party.
14:21 June 15, 2010 by Great Scott

Please "Fascists" not "Facists". Fascists are right wing supporters and oppose communism or Marxism. All this talk about "Leftists" etc, is there a lot of 15 year olds writing on here.

So what is wrong with public hairdressers, it may keep prices low and provide a better service. Many services that have been privatised don't work and / or are expensive, for example transport systems, utility companies and health care especially regarding the elderly.
14:38 June 15, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
I really can't get a grip on this kind of inane s--t. Doesn't the whole idea of a hair-cutting salon smack of decadent bourgeois elitism? But say I do go into "The Peoples" barber, can I get a free Chairman Mao cut? Can I get only a Chairman Mao cut? Why disturb the happy workers, upsetting discipline, with false choices?

I could go on, but I'm starting to tire of this; luckily we've got Lucas Lennartsson to carry on the fight.
15:08 June 15, 2010 by DAVID T
He has a point - I pay 200 sek for a frigin haircut that takes 5 minutes - they had to put the price up for mens haircuts because all the raving feminists complained about womens haircuts being more expensive
15:21 June 15, 2010 by Swedesmith
My wife cuts my hair. Am I in violating any law? OMG I hear someone knocking on the door...maybe it's the hair police.
15:27 June 15, 2010 by voiceofreason
I am going bald so I go skinhead anyway. I cut my hair myself and I have never paid anyone a dime to do it for me in Sweden.

I wish everyone were like me, we could save ourselves lots of money :)
16:55 June 15, 2010 by RobinHood
"The council should not busy itself with solariums and hairdressers. That is the sort of thing that goes on in collectivized countries."

Just out of interest, does anybody know how hairdressers are operated in North Korea? The NK football team all have identical crap haircuts. Is this a glimpse of the future of hair in Sweden?

The Local - can we see a picture of Lucas Lennartsson's hair please?
18:52 June 15, 2010 by reason
This is the information age. The internet would not be complete if one could not find a picture of Lennartsson's hair: http://www.skane.se/Services/_representative/get_representative.asp?nr=103504
19:03 June 15, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
"Yes, I'd like the Stalin Flattop, #4, high and tight, leave the hitler 'stache and fade on the neck, must look good for the Poliburo"

Great Scott, you can't be serious. You think state run hairdressers might keep 'prices' (yes, those are scarequotes) low, and quality high? Quite the opposite is true. Maybe these lefties need to channel thier inner entrepreurial spirit and open thier own barber shop and charge a slightly lower rate. Oh wait. They would be paying taxes and off the welfare rolls...That wont work! What about doing sidejobs for black money? Foolish!
20:10 June 15, 2010 by RobinHood

Thanks for the link to a picture of Lucas Lennartsson and his hair. Do I detect a receding hairline on the young Lucas. Could there be something more sinister behind his desire to nationalise hairdressers than simple politics?

Does he secretly want us all to become prematurely spamheaded like him, thus making him more attractive to hippy chicks? I think we should be told. Put your finest investigative journalist on it The Local, there is a hairy scoop here somewhere.

Photoshop experts out there in Local Land, I would love to see some examples of what Lucas might look like in a Mao, or a Kim or a mullet? Get to work people.
21:01 June 15, 2010 by wxman
If hairdressers are only viewed as for the rich, then only the rich will have hairdressers. Power to the people! ;~)
21:26 June 15, 2010 by diegoveggie
these swedish leftists are so into the way they look that they want to gov. to offer haircuts for the working man and woman..hahah what about make up artsits?
22:15 June 15, 2010 by DAVID T
i wonder if they would do balls
22:26 June 15, 2010 by tysklampa
Am I in some sort of twilight zone, and have ended up on the other side of the iron curtain? I have always wondered how life must have been in the DDR (communist Germany), but I don't want to re-live it... Next will be the choice, depending on your rank in the Politburo, sorry, riksdagen or whatever it is called, to see if you get a Saab or a Volvo, in about 10 years... Is this maybe one of the conditions or clauses in the sales agreement of Volvo to the Chinese??? Can you actually eat those Köttbullar with chop sticks? Sometimes it seems that the lefties, commies or whateveries don't want to win the election... Crazy my friend, totalt galen kompis!
00:27 June 16, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Why is it so expensive to get a haircut in Sweden? Here in the US I can get my haircut for $10.00 US Dollars every month. It is insane some of the prices for things.
03:46 June 16, 2010 by Larry Thrash
We are looking at fascism in the face. There are liberals and leftist (fascist), leftist are fascist and liberals are their "useful idiots".
06:58 June 16, 2010 by rymagnusson
Wow. Do people really not know what the word "fascist" actually means or are they all confused by that Jonah Goldberg nutjob?
07:38 June 16, 2010 by flintis

But does your barber pay tax?
07:50 June 16, 2010 by RobinHood
@Dizzymoe 33

Tax which works about at about 50% of what he takes?
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