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Social Democrats eject Sahlin old guard

TT/The Local/pvs · 21 Mar 2011, 07:49

Published: 21 Mar 2011 07:49 GMT+01:00

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The nominations committee has presented its proposal for consideration at the upcoming party congress and the ejection of Östros and Johansson has been taken to mean the party seeks a fresh start from the Sahlin era.

The committee has proposed that former culture minister Leif Pagrotsky, and early contenders for the leader ship post, Veronica Palm and Mikael Damberg, make up the powerful national executive committee.

Damberg has previously held a deputy position on the committee.

"They want a new line-up and show the voters that they are taking this crisis seriously, that there is something new, fresh and there are new ideas being brought to the party hierarchy," said political scientist Jenny Madestam.

Veronica Palm, is proposed as a replacement for Carin Jämtin who has been proposed as a new party secretary.

"I'm really looking forward to more responsibility and being involved in the major regeneration work that this party needs," said Palm.

Ylva Johansson, the party's labour market spokesperson, is set to vacate her deputy post on the committee as there is only space for one person from the party in Stockholm and this place is to go to Palm.

"I would have liked to continue on the executive committee. It is a sad moment for me to have to leave, but I don't think it is that dramatic," said Johansson.

The proposal of Veronica Palm and Mikael Damberg indicates a generation shift in the party, with both being under forty-years-old, although it is ideologically more difficult to interpret as they are polar opposites.

"The ambition seems to be to unite the party. They want to show that this new leadership will consist of many different Social Democrats," said Jenny Madestam.

The make up of the committee will also have an impact on the appointments of spokespersons in the various fields. These appointments are made by the parliamentary party and not by next week's congress.

This indicates that Ylva Johansson and Thomas Östros are likely to also lose their positions as labour market and economic policy spokespersons respectively.

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According to Sveriges Television, Mikael Damberg is proposed as the replacement for Thomas Östros in the heavyweight role of economic policy spokesman.

Leif Pagrotsky has previously said that he is not interested in that position.

A further executive committee deputy - a woman - is yet to be presented.

Other positions on the committee are filled by trade union congress leader Wanja Lundby-Wedin, as well as the party leader and party secretary - Håkan Juholt and Carin Jämtin (subject to congress approval).

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Your comments about this article

09:01 March 21, 2011 by Nomark
How about asking individuals to campaign for a seat on the all-powerful committee ? Also, how about asking individuals to campaign to be leader ?

It is ironic that a party which is clearly in crisis talks about renewal whilst clinging to its old non-democratic ways.
09:45 March 21, 2011 by procrustes
I wonder if the Social Democrats are wise enough to drop the old class warfare meme for one of social responsibility. Swedes are taxed enough--the debate needs to be about how resources are allocated.

Sweden has become more and more war-hungry. This must be stopped, otherwise the country will see horrible war injuries (mental as well as physical) begin to hobble their society.

Lastly, there is a HUGE section of the voting public to be won by rejecting the regressive policies of B. Ask & company. Social Democrats need to make individual freedom and privacy a major objective of their policy. Sweden's Moderates have done a good job of making the middle class self-sustaining, and the new SD can give them credit for that, which will sever their old class warfare links, regain voter defections lost because of regressive tax policies and gain credibility for real change in the SD.

Declare the wealth tax as obsolete, recognize strides made in making the middle class more self-sustaining and step out strongly differentiating themselves from the anti-liberty, anti-personal freedom, anti-privacy policies of the Right, and the SD will once again be the majority party by a large margin.

Unfortunately, I doubt anyone in the SD power structure reads this blog.
10:45 March 21, 2011 by krrodman
President Clinton said it best when asked about his reelection chances in 1986. The Republicans had taken over Congress in the midterm elections but Clinton was very confident of his chances. In a now famous line he said to the reporter,

"It's all about the economy, stupid."

He was right. The citizens of the USA were not going to toss the President who brought them a good economy. The same holds true in Sweden. The SD, the party of social justice and class warfare, are not relevant in the new Swedish post-industrial economy. Sweden is no longer a country of assembly lines and factories. The new entrepreneurs of Sweden do not need the government to protect them from the pit bosses of greedy corporations. On the contrary, the new entrepreneurs need the government to get out of the way so that they can create new economies.

At this moment in time Sweden may very well have the best economy in the industrialized world. What Clinton said remains true today, "It's the economy, stupid." The SD, the party of the moral high ground, are irrelevant in the new economy, and will remain so until the economy turns sour, at which time people will reject the Moderates reelect the SD.

And, by the way, the same analysis applies in the USA. At this moment in time Obama has the lowest approval rating of any president in US history. He is a totally inept politician (Will someone please tell me why Obama is on a "meet and greet" in South America while Japan is melting down and Libya is in turmoil?" He is clueless). But, if the economy improves, all will be forgotten and he will be reelected.
13:05 March 21, 2011 by Syftfel
Not only should the social dems eject the old guard, they should vote to disband completely, and abolish themselves. No decent Swede is yearning for their type of surreptitious marxism any more. - Tax the rich. Egalitarianism above all. Redistribute wealth. More social programs, and other leninist boiler plate invective - The social dems outserved their usefulness long ago, and have become a pathetic reminder of how things should not be! The party of Palme and its immigration debacle is but one example of the destructive forces they unleashed on Sweden against her will. Sweden, a once great Nordic nation, must look forward to renewed Nordic greatness, free from Brusselsian oppression and free from socialism.
19:23 March 21, 2011 by Muff
''one example of the destructive forces they unleashed on Sweden against her will.''

And here I thought that the Social Dems were elected by the swedish voters...
21:07 March 21, 2011 by Syftfel
@Muff: One would hope that you are correct, the social dems were elected by the Swedish voters. One might of course disregard the, leninist, Swedish union thugs and their forced affiliation with the left. The left has always been known to manipulate votes, availing themselves of unorthodox and spurious voting procedures. Tax payers lose. Unions win. But in any case, look what the social dems have done to Sweden, beginning with that West hating rottweiler-in-chief, dictator Palme, democratically elected or not. Let's keep Sweden free from such moronic dreck and move the country forward to newer and better things.
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