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Sahlin criticises Social Democrats' job policy

TT/The Local/vt · 5 Dec 2010, 18:59

Published: 05 Dec 2010 18:59 GMT+01:00

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"We were not successful in washing away the image of the Social Democrats as the party for benefits and the Moderates as the party for jobs. We must have a job policy without reservations. Anyone who can should work, it should always be worth it to work," she said.

"More jobs come before benefits. Unemployment insurance is an adjustment insurance," she added.

Sahlin said she never again wants to knock on doors and meet people who say, "Yes, yes, we will vote for you even though we live in a house, have jobs and earn a good living."

In addition, she was critical that Social Democrats cooperated with the Left Party for the September election.

"I am not bitter, but very emotional today," she said on Saturday.

She reiterated that while the Social Democrats won the support of 22 percent of voters with a job, the ruling Moderates won 32 percent of the vote among the employed.

A total of 120 delegates from across the country participated in the party's advisory committee in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, on Saturday.

"Cooperation with the Green Party or with both the Green and Left Parties signals two completely different paths. The Swedish electorate realised this and so did I," Sahlin said in reference to Red-Green cooperation.

Sahlin gambled with cooperating with the Greens, but was forced to backtrack and bring the Left Party into the fold as well, she claimed.

"Give my successor a clear mandate. Let him or her lead and rely on the choices he or she makes. This will go well," Sahlin urged the party.

Social Democratic MP Veronica Palm, who is mentioned in speculation as Sahlin's successor, defended cooperation with the Left Party.

"I think it was necessary as it appeared and the way the political climate was. We had a right-wing that was well formed," she said.

Sahlin hopes and believes that the party's crisis awareness lingers longer this time than after the 2006 elections.

"It can result in a much stronger and more modern social democracy. I wanted to contribute to that today. For sure, I did not say what everyone here wanted to hear, but I am convinced that if I do not say it, few others will say it," she said.

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Miguel Odhner from Gothenburg said it is time to challenge the party's culture and suggested that the nominating committee choose five to six names, then let members have their say in a referendum. The proposal was defeated.

Party secretary Ibrahim Baylan argued against the proposal on the changes that were brought forward.

"We must have processes that are well organised," he said.

Subsequently, the nominating committee unanimously chose 11 MPs, with Berit Andnor as chairwoman and six alternates.

The Swedish Social Democratic Youth League's (Sveriges socialdemokratiska ungdomsförbund, SSU) proposal to have a call-in member was also dismissed.

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Your comments about this article

23:07 December 5, 2010 by Tusker
Mona you had many years to give us your views. Now it's time to go.

You were the weakest link.....Goodbye
09:54 December 6, 2010 by miss79
yep ur right sahlin, anyone can work , should work..dont force them and these working people need benefit too..after all they are contributing to the swedish economy
11:51 December 6, 2010 by here for the summer

what do you mean by don't force people to work ? On one level it seems reasonable that no one should be forced. But giving people as much money/benefit for doing nothing that contributes to society ( i.e. work ) as those actually doing the work is not rational nor viable. This is what Salin is saying and I agree her idea on this and her idea that cooperation with the Swedish left was a bad idea. It is possible the social democrats can do well in the future by dropping the left and attracting a few of the other smaller parties to replace the votes. The green and the red never went together.
12:49 December 6, 2010 by Syftfel
Don't listen to this treacherous woman! She says one thing but really means unbridled socialistic marxism. With her at the helm we would all end up as obedient, pure, indoctrinated, proletarian lackeys. Remember Walter Ulbricht? "Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu errichten". I do wish we wouldn't have to hear from twofaced woman and her SSU henchmen again. She's a gonner Baby! Finished! Regally rejected. She is definitely not for Sweden. She should retire in Havana.
17:12 December 6, 2010 by Muhammad Yousuf Soomro
she is an outstanding politician against all odd....
20:48 December 6, 2010 by miss79
@here for summer wat i am trying to say is LIKE SICK or RETARDED people..should they FORCED to be work?like wat sahlin said

"Anyone who can should work, it should always be worth it to work," she said.
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