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Government parties gear up for election

TT/The Local · 11 Aug 2010, 18:25

Published: 11 Aug 2010 18:25 GMT+02:00

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Moderate Party chairman Per Schlingman and his counterparts from the Liberal, Centre and Christian Democrat parties presented the Alliance’s joint election election campaign posters at a press conference in Stockholm on Thursday.

The posters claim that Sweden is at a crossroads, and use slogans such as “Bakåt eller framåt?” (Backwards or forwards?) and “Bidrag eller fler jobb?” (Welfare or more jobs?).

The election campaign will include a nationwide bus tour. The coalition government has rented a bus that will visit all Sweden’s major cities. Cabinet ministers, party leaders and regional representatives of the parties will join the tour at different points.

The four parties will each run their own television and radio adverts, and will have a joint iPhone app.

Liberal Party secretary Erik Ullenhag said a large part of the campaign was about mobilizing party sympathizers. He said the Alliance would be helped by the fact that Sweden is facing a historic moment:

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“If we win the election we will properly break the Social Democrats’ dominance, and Sweden will become more like other countries,” he said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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22:33 August 11, 2010 by bulletts67
From my perspective here in the USA, Sweden should not aspire to be more like other countries. The Swedish model is one that other countries should try to emulate. If the Social Democrats are largely responsible for this they should be congratulated. As we in American are finding out, lower taxes and cuts in welfare programs do not necessarily produce more jobs.
00:15 August 12, 2010 by Rebel

What part of the "Swedish model" should the US take? The high tax rate? The whole men and women are the same -- and differences are due to societal conditioning -- thing, or the pampering of violent criminals thing?
01:11 August 12, 2010 by glamelixir
@ bullets67

I agree with you , but it is scary to be here and see that swedes do not realize that they can't try to play shark as they are all sardines. If the model changes this country will go to hell.
03:21 August 12, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth

I agree with you, The Swedish should not try to be like the US. Living here in Chicago, one of the most criminal and violent cities in the US, I see first hand how bad our government is. Our Congress is in the back pockets of corporations and will do anything to please them as long as their pockets are stuffed with cash, that also goes for our mayor here in Chicago and I lost count of how many of our former governors are in prison. The Swedes government is one that my country could look up to.
05:12 August 12, 2010 by bulletts67
@Rebel...How about for starters a health care system where you don't have to go bankrupt if you get seriously ill. How about guaranteed pensions after a long life of work that can't be cancelled because a CEO needs a bonus. How about family leave for parents of newborn children, well financed schools, free college education, how about an economy that is doing better than ours...with a better balance of trade, better GDP growth and lower jobless numbers.

You want low taxes, you get what you pay for! For our low taxes (really low for rich people) we get none of the above plus a crumbling infrastructure. Our states are all broke...and last time I checked our tough on crime policies have not exactly made us more safe either, but it sure hasn't hurt the private prison industry. We incarcerate a higher percentage of our population than China.
05:55 August 12, 2010 by Mahoney

I agree with you, Sweden should not try to become like the US or the like. More and more it seems that political integrity is compromised by voting fears and gifts/contributions by corporations. Here in Las Vegas, we were scarily the second fastest growing city four years ago. Now we have a 14.4% unemployment rate as a result of greed, lack of regulation, and a plutocratic government. Unless the wedge is removed that is driven through our partisan Congress and put an end to corporate bribing to restore higher morals, I fear that we will only continue this spiral downhill. Sure corruption and problems are seen in every country and government, but it just seems more prevalent here.
09:29 August 12, 2010 by hpunlimited
It is very dangerous to compare Swedish politics with American. You have to rememeber that the Swedish Moderate party(that is in power right now) are like super liberal leftist American Democrats. Where do you think Social Democrats are on the scale then?

Sweden have survived with Social Democrats in the past because the citizens have been so damn honest and responsible. The country is changing and its citizens. Nowadays people are not as honest and abuse the wellfare system to the hilt. This is bringing the nation to its knees.
12:25 August 12, 2010 by miss79
changing to capitalist will be a disaster in sweden..
20:28 August 13, 2010 by Syftfel
@Bullets67: And look what happens to the US when Obama tries to emulate the Swedish model. Societal failure. Economic breakdown. Utter disaster. I for one am one of those Americans with Voters Remorse right now. But we'll get it back at the mid terms.
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