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Social Democrats to hold extraordinary congress

TT/The Local · 25 Sep 2010, 14:02

Published: 25 Sep 2010 14:02 GMT+02:00

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At a party executive meeting on Wednesday, top Social Democrats discussed the need to hold an extraordinary congress before the next scheduled one in 2013. Party leader Mona Sahlin said no, pointing out that the Trustee Council will convene in December, according to news agency TT's sources.

However, at a press conference following the meeting, Sahlin did not rule out holding an extraordinary congress.

And on Friday's meeting of the party's executive committee, the issue was raised again, resulting in a decision to recommend that the party's executive decide on holding an extraordinary congress. The decision was confirmed later on Friday by Sahlin's political secretary Stefan Engström on Friday was made the

Party Secretary Ibrahim Baylan would not comment on the recommendation.

"It would be out of place for me to quote or refer to the executive committee's discussions," he told TT.

Baylan said that the party often holds congresses and that it would not be out of the ordinary if there were an extra congress.

The party's crisis commission's timetable may dictate when the congress will take place, Baylan said. The commission's role is to analyse the party's policies.

"That is what we are discussing, when we will hold it so that we have enough time to put together the work and the proposals for action from the commission's conclusions," he says.

On Wednesday, a supporting argument came up for the extraordinary congress, suggesting that Sahlin and Red-Green cooperation may need a congress decision to back them up after their stinging election defeat.

However, at the same time, Social Democrats are aware that an extraordinary congress could kick start a debate about who should lead the party.

According to Ulf Bjereld, a Social Democrat and professor of political science at Gothenburg University, it is likely that party members need to check in with each other after the crisis commission's report.

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"If the crisis commission's findings have the possibility of becoming concrete policies, they may not be enough time with only the regular congress," he said.

Sahlin did not comment on the issue on Friday night.

The Social Democrats have regular congresses the year before every election. When government terms were extended from three to four years in 1994, the party introduced the Trustee Council, which can convene between the annual congresses. However, it cannot decide on new party leadership.

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19:32 September 25, 2010 by LuxVeritas
An interesting piece investigating whether democracy is so great:

21:18 September 25, 2010 by Rebel
21:21 September 25, 2010 by Syftfel
It is a good idea for the social dems to hold a congress. It is my opinion that they should simply vote to disband, and cease to exist. Either that or join the communists. That's where they belong! The've lost because that failed to put Sweden first. Let's move Sweden forward to a bright future without social dem intervention. Goodbye Mona. You made your point. And it was not well received by Sweden.
21:41 September 25, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
After a very comptent electioneering campaign in which she articulated crucial Social Democrat positions so very well, the post-election Mona Sahlin's compusure and gracefulness has been astounding.

It's called character.

Meanwhile, back in Merry England, hearty congratulations to the environmentally friendly Ed Miliband who's just won the contest for Labour leadership to the glory of multiparty democracy and party politics in the Monarchy of Great Britain!

The youthful Miliband's potential to reinvigorate New Labour after some of the disasters of Blair and Brown should be a source of inspiration to the Social Democrat Party ( never to be con-fused with the guys who have a name that almost sounds like that of the SD ( Swedish Democrats) :

00:10 September 26, 2010 by Beavis
Have they decided to run the lampost instead on mona in the next election. It makes more sense as the lampost spouts outs less crap than she does and has a better idea how to run a country, and its what the voters want.
07:47 September 26, 2010 by miss79
i should say Social democrates should change the leader..sorry mona, ur smart but not tough
08:53 September 26, 2010 by LuxVeritas
An interesting documentary at youtube, search for this title: EndGame HQ full length version
11:09 September 26, 2010 by Kevin Harris

Please, please, please tell us you were being ironic about Mona.
12:35 September 26, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Göran Persson is certainly a better orator than anyone currently in the Swedish Parliament. Unfortunately, he suffered the same fate as Neil Kinnock. The Moderate Party Ltd has won twice before and just at the time when people wanted a change (like from Bush to Obama). Around the time of Carl Bildt - I remember him speaking at Kungsträdgården about the wind of change blowing over the Soviet Empire – and then later, Reinfeldt vs. Persson was a time when the dominant mood in the country once more was that of wanting a change from “He who decides everything” (Mr.Persson) to Reinfeldt who promised more freedom from state control of everything…..

Me being sarcastic or ironic about the valiant Mona Sahlin?


She is a great woman, capable of taking care of business. The main criticism has been that she is too mild – as someone here says, “smart but not tough”. That too is not true. She is smart and tough enough - comes off better when she is calm and collected as she mostly is, than when she is clawing out Fredrick Reinfeldt's soulful eyes, at which point I've felt sorry for poor Fred who tends not to hit back, perhaps because gentle men don't hit ladies. Of course it's a matter of temperament and tradition and therein lays the difference between British political theatre as witnessed in the House of Commons and the correctness in the Riksdag - the Swedish Parliament. As leader of the opposition the last three Conservative leaders have been on the warpath, relentlessly, incisively, aggressively, from day one, even wounding with words and ideas; as leader of the opposition David Cameron was a veritable fox terrier - even more effective than the traditional pudgy British bulldog. In the Swedish Parliament discussions are less colourful much more academic - and in that department the “sakkunnig” expert, the Social Democrat's number two man Leif Pagrotsky impressed me most - when he was Minister of Trade

David Cameron as opposition man


Another David:


Earlier on Mona Sahlin was quoted as saying that “It's like an American presidential election”. If that had been the case then her sterling qualities and character that is now even more evident, would have come into play.

Needless to say she is infinitely more intelligent, politically astute and knowledgeable about Sweden and the whole wide world than the likes of Sarah Palin.

She seemed relaxed, humorous, took part in the discussion without any hang-ups – Skavlan asked her a lot of questions which she acquitted @A plus. Questions such as whether or not her husband Bosse had voted for her, to which she replied that, now she would have to go home and ask her husband whether he had voted for her.

PS. In the other thread, I'm patiently waiting to hear from “BunnyOlesen” so that the other discussion can really get going…….I mean really get going.

You ain't seen or heard anything yet (only about 5% of what I can come up with when it's necessary. So Bunny, honey, bring it on! Mind you I've gone through the SD's 99 theses and if I were a Sverige Demokrat MP, I'd love to take on Nyamko Sabuni - just for argument's sake. The Riksdag would never be the same again, after such a debate….
14:04 September 26, 2010 by Rebel
Mona has everything a politician needs. She has...uh...well...come to think of it a bit, she is a loser. However, that being said she does reflect the general character of the Social Democrats.
15:27 September 26, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
She does not wear her emotions on a sleeve and

“Valentines can't buy her”

She's graceful and gracious in defeat….

She's not a racist

She is not a sour grapes loser or bitter about it.

She is not mean-spirited.

Yes, she's got CHARACTER … if you know what that means.

Yes, you could sing,

“She's got everything she needs

She's an artist, she don't look back”


“She knows there's no success like failure

And that failure's no success at all."

Eliza Cook did say

'Tis a glorious charter, deny it who can,

That's breathed in the words, "I'm an Englishman.”.

No harm in SD taking pride in Swedish nationality either

Nor is there any racism in this:

“This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This other Eden, demi-paradise,

This fortress built by Nature for herself

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in the silver sea,

Which serves it in the office of a wall

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands,-

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”

18:50 September 26, 2010 by Lostaussie
Mona should take the walk. Useless leader.
15:08 September 27, 2010 by Syftfel
My dear litte Cornelius: I've told you before. You must learn to write in shorter paragraphs. I don't think anyone has the stamina to plough through your endless invective. I, and probably many others, have stopped reading them alltogether.
21:42 January 22, 2012 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Dear Syftfel,

I just got your message. I know that you have good intentions. Yes, you've told me before and will probably like to tell me again?

It's possible that you are bigger than little me or even microscopically tiny and immeasurably beyond measurement despite which you had better better take my advice and get this into your "skalle" whatever size it may be - as Steve Biko said, " I write what I like"and as I like, as you will soon be made to understand. I've had many great teachers and they too could not teach me how to write. William Faulkner destroyed me.

I'm glad that you have stopped and through lack of stamina, given up trying to plough through "endless invective" - although I'm at a loss as to what you mean by invective since I don't notice any as coming from me in this thread.

Anyway, since you don't have enough stamina to read this. I won't be expecting another churlish reply from you, but should you have the stamina to reply, I'll do the fit and proper thing : I'll just ignore you.
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