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Leading Social Democrat calls party 'Stalinist'

TT/The Local · 8 Mar 2011, 17:25

Published: 08 Mar 2011 17:25 GMT+01:00

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Malm, who was chairman of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) between 1983 and 1993, is one of the representatives set to participate in the Social Democrats extra congress, which has been called to elect a successor to outgoing party leader Mona Sahlin.

But the party's closed nomination process has left him furious.

“It is completely unworthy of the Social Democratic party to treat people this way. We are elected to come together and choose a leader, not just to vote for what we are told in a purely Stalinist fashion,” he told the TT news agency.

Malm thinks the party should adopt a different leadership election process which allow attendees at the congress to choose between several candidates.

The various party district bosses who are currently blocking the selection process should face up to their responsibility and openly present their candidates.

“We look terribly old-fashioned. I've been part of this for almost a hundred years and never have I seen such ridiculous monkey business,” said Malm.

The chairperson of the election committee, Berit Andnor, refused to comment Malm’s harsh criticism of the closed leader election process, but several high-ranking Social Democrats have expressed similar views.

Former party leader Mona Sahlin has previously expressed a wish for a more open election process, but told TT that Stig Malm was not perhaps the best person to speak of openness.

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“I remember just how open the process usually is to elect a LO chair, she said sarcastically to TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:19 March 8, 2011 by Argentina84
I agree with Malm. This is terrible.

With all their red tape and bureaucracy the social democrats are destroying their own party. :(
21:03 March 8, 2011 by McChatter
Yep, the truth hurts!
04:58 March 9, 2011 by Silver-Ado
This type of selection process makes me ashamed of my Swedish heritage. Maybe that's why my grandfather left Sweden?
07:23 March 9, 2011 by ooh456
Social Democrats have to shake their reputation as the party "by losers for losers" if they want to get back in power.
08:26 March 9, 2011 by RobinHood
A bunch of old-school commies corrupting the democratic process when it suits them.

Unfit to govern Sweden, and now unfit even to govern themselves.
14:13 March 9, 2011 by Syftfel
Well, the social dems, with ideals like Lenin, Marx, Trotsky, Stalin, Palme, Ulbricht, and the rest of the sordid pack of lying communists, of course their tactics can only be expected to be "stalinist". Swedes would do well to remember that the difference between social dems and communists is virtually nil. They both strive for the same goal, i.e. total control by the State of all means of production and population. Both will steal, cheat and lie to achieve their totalitarian goals. The communists have the added caveat that they will commit violent acts and shoot you to reach their goals. Examples of this are; Mao, Kim Jong Il, Pol Pot, Fidel, Guevara, Honecker, and Hugo.
00:21 March 13, 2011 by rumcajs
C'on.... you don't know anything else but the same old story of the red side and the blue side and call anything purple COMMUNIST!!!

How old are you guys? 15? 20? ... 10?! I've been in many elections and it's always like that in most of CAPITALIST, communist and moderate companies, goverments, churches, etc. The 1st thhing people do is calling each other to "REMIND" them what they have to lose and to gain if they choose this one or that one, in some more hardcore cases they even REMIND each other that their sins are not so secret or forgoten as we all think and bla bla bla... all that in a veeery friendly tone... and it happens EVERYWHERE, no matter the colour.

Democracy does nt exist... don't be so silly and wake up. How come that Sahlin after saying all that crap of demanding US to close all its military bases aboad and bla bla bla, agrees with the goverment in sending more troops to Afganistan (with the left and ultra right againts, there was no way they could've done it) The S can still "block" maaany gov steps with the help of a usefull enemy and they don't do it.... why? All these guys (blue ones, red ones and all in between) are being controled by the ones who can buy them. It's all a theater.
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