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Swedish press question Sahlin's call to resign

TT/The Local/dl · 11 Nov 2010, 11:49

Published: 11 Nov 2010 11:49 GMT+01:00

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The independently liberal Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily writes on its leader page that responsibility for the party’s dismal election results is creeping closer to Sahlin.

Mona Sahlin probably knew where things were heading. So instead of gradually being forced to retreat and finally giving in she on Wednesday afternoon, instead made the demand her own. In so doing, she thus opened up for an appraisal of also whether she is the right person to lead the party,” writes DN.

However, many newspapers agreed that Sahlin made a good decision.

The social democratic-leaning newspaper Folket writes, “It feels quite positive that Mona Sahlin yesterday removed the tape from her mouth and challenged all the members of the Social Democrats’ party board and executive committee to resign their seats.”

The liberal Göteborgs-Posten (GP) writes that “Sahlin has taken the initiative” and that “yesterday Mona Sahlin took the bull by the horns”.

The social democratic Dala-Demokraten is more doubtful, arguing that the Social Democrats’ poor electoral results ought to result in consequences but that the party’s culture is different than that of the other parties and that party leaders usually hang around until they die or retire.

Lena Mellin, a columnist for the independently social democratic tabloid Aftonbladet warns that anything can happen.

“Now it’s total chaos,” she writes, adding that party members may now engage in mean-spirited games to reposition themselves ahead of the Social Democrats’ upcoming extra party congress.

“Social Democrats are good at stabbing one another in the back. This isn’t going to be a pretty spectacle,” writes the independently moderate Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

The paper adds that “Now the pressure in the power struggle is ratcheted up” and “the renewal of policy has been placed on the back burner”.

Meanwhile the results of a survey conducted by the Sifo polling firm, and published in Aftonbladet on Thursday, reveal that former justice minister Thomas Bodström, who recently abandoned his Riksdag seat to live with his family in the United States, is the Social Democratic politician in whom voters have the most confidence.

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The poll showed that 23 percent of respondents had confidence in Bodström, compared to only 18 percent indicating they had confidence in Sahlin.

However, the poll also revealed that more than one in five voters, 21 percent, had no confidence in any Social Democratic politician.

And among respondents who indicated they were Social Democratic sympathisers, Sahlin faired slightly better than Bodström, garnering support of 34 percent of respondents compared with 30 percent for Bodström.

The results are based on responses from 1,000 people.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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13:03 November 11, 2010 by snowwolf
Sweden Sweden, how much more pathetic can you be?
13:45 November 11, 2010 by Syftfel
"21 percent, had no confidence in any [socal dem] politician". Gee, Aside from the fact that the number is probably substantially higher than that, wonder why? Mona, you and your ilk, has supported your last tax hike. Face it honey!
14:20 November 11, 2010 by McChatter
Well done Mona Sahlin!

A truly genial and well executed sidestep to put yourself alongside the traditional socialist voters and demand that the leaders vacate their functions!

Now you can watch the inevitable bloody civil war in the party and then triumphantly launch your New Plan at the extra congress next year. The Plan you have been working on in the utmost secrecy for the past 4 years. This the mark of the experienced political tactician. The mark of a Great Leader.

The top is in chaos after the huge defeat this year and no-one will realise that you deliberately lost the elections in order to settle accounts with any would-be rivals. Lenin would have been proud of you. Maybe Stalin too.

I look forward to many years with you at the helm of the party. You are indeed a Great Leader!
18:13 November 11, 2010 by BCR
Even her name sounds evil. What more do you want?

Why can't someone just get rid of this blithering idiot already?
00:14 November 12, 2010 by thebittertruth
@ BCR your question : "Why can't someone just get rid of this blithering idiot already?" resonates like a statement I read in T.S Elliot's Murder In The Cathedral where King Henry's lament "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" was taken literally and Becket was assassinated.

I think irrespective of our political ideologies, we understand that NO SINGLE HUMAN can bring solutions to our problems. So making statements about wishing someone to GET RID of your opponent is simply CRUEL..Vote her out if you wish, but dont EXPECT someone to do your DIRTY BIDDINGS..It is CRUEL
09:07 November 12, 2010 by RobinHood
The quicker the Social Democrats get their inevitable night of the long knives over with, the quicker the survivors can get on with the business of building a party that has a chance of winning an election.

The Swedish electorate is clearly moving right, the party has been clearly moving left. The first to go, need to be those that supported the alliance with the Communists and Greens. I am afraid that seems to include Mona. They have a natural home in the Left Party, they can pass into electoral obscurity with Lars, and we will never hear from them again, except to laugh at their latest loopy idea.

The Social Democrat youth wing seems quite aggressive. Do they have a fresh-faced young thing who might be able to turn things around in eight years time? By then political gravity will have pulled the Moderates back to earth and it should be hard to lose against them.
12:07 November 13, 2010 by ameribrit
I fully believe that the Social Democrats and their alliance would have won the election if Mona Salin had not been at the helm. I for one lean social democrat but can not bring myself to cast a vote that would make her Statsminister.
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