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Reinfeldt declines Juholt debate challenge

TT/The Local/kh · 10 Apr 2011, 14:14

Published: 10 Apr 2011 14:14 GMT+02:00

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In a bold move, Juholt, the new front man of the Social Democratic party, challenged the Moderate Party leader to debate healthcare issues before voters in Västra Götaland head to the polls for a re-vote on May 15th.

But Reinfeldt declined the duel.

“We are more than happy to debate Håkan Juholt but the Social Democrats must first begin to introduce formed policies," Roberta Alenius, press officer to Reinfeldt, told the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

She also pointed out that there are already two debates scheduled for June in the Riksdag.

Social Democrat party secretary Carin Jämtin wrote in a statement that she is surprised that Reinfeldt declined the party’s debate invitation.

"On May 15th, 1.2 million voters will go to the polls. They are entitled to know where the country's two main parties are on the central issues, not least important the healthcare issue," stated Jämtin, who also mentioned that his decline demonstrated his preference to "retire into his role as prime minister."

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It is still not too late, she said, and calls on the Prime Minister to accept the challenge.

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

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17:04 April 10, 2011 by Syftfel
Aftonbladet, fishwrap of record, will have a field day with this. It will include the customary socialist invective of klasskamp, inequality, egalitarianism, and all the rest of the meaningless cliches, and with some anti-americanisms thrown in for good measure, For these social dems to try to make this seem like an ultimatum is offensive, and I'm glad Reinfeldt did not fall in to their trap. Someone should inform this Juholt that he and his party is not in charge!
18:03 April 10, 2011 by Rebel
It would be somewhat amusing if the left wing leader (Fred Reinfeldt) would debate the far left leader Håkan Juholt. But hey, Reinfeldt is far enough ahead in polls to be as arrogant as he wants to be.
20:56 April 10, 2011 by Markus D
Good for you, Mr Reinfeldt!

The socialist party still thinks it´s running Sweden and can call the shots.

It needs to wake up to the real truth - Sweden has decided that long years of ultra-socialism has not produced the goods and the Alliance is steering us the right way.

Håkan Juholt and his moustache will have to learn the hard way, Mona was Mr Reinfeldt´s best weapon and it looks like Juholt will end up the same.

Keep going Håkan Juholt!
21:56 April 10, 2011 by Great Scott
Reinfeldt and his loony cronies are running scared. Since Reinfeldt got into power in Sweden unemployment especially the under 25's has gone through the roof, hospital waiting times have doubled and poverty has increased. If Reinfeldt has any guts at all he will stand up and answer the questions. We have all seen how the corrupt Olofsson has got herself into a mess and with Reinfeldt saying nothing can only mean he supports her. Time for these right wing corrupt fools to go.
22:18 April 10, 2011 by Brtahan
Or He doesnt dare to argue what are the real problems the normal people are going through i am not talking about the rich who afcourse doesnt have to rely on Govt hospitals educations benefits etc or anything from the govt because they own the Govt they can do whatever they want. Why they dont talk about the Unemployment of youths ,Poor hospital treatment, higher Fuel prices, look at the food prices it became much higher everything is becoming expensive , I know you might say look at the positive Side , people are paying less tax and saving money, well the reality is different ,who realy benefits from this offcourse the Rich ,Privitazing everything, who benefits ??? the rich , they can put what ever price they want !!! hospitals ,schools ,pharmacies , etc . They peole are not seeing the long term of this . Wake Up!!! SEE capitalism a love story. Look what other are into already of this , poor getting poorer and rich get richer .
23:00 April 10, 2011 by McChatter
Why does everyone still call them social democrats? The "election" of Juholt reminded me more of the good old CCCP times. When Capt. Kangaroo has got together a policy, then he can debate with Reinfeldt!

Youth unemployment can also be attributed to the unemployability of today's youth, i.e. they haven't the skills that today's Sweden needs. Too many fun packets in the schools.
02:18 April 11, 2011 by Syftfel
@Brtahan: Thanks kid. You just confirmed what I said in #1. Run along honey, to your next SSU meeting.
07:53 April 11, 2011 by RobinHood
It's 2011. Why should Mr Reinfeldt dirty his hands talking to an unelected Social Democrat party leader, appointed in some dodgy backroom deal. If Mr Juholt wants a debate with other party leaders, he should get himself properly elected, just like they did. Democracy is unsafe in his hands.

Some posters here seem to prefer Swedes have their government appointed for them by people who think they know best; the same way Mr Juholt got his job. Those days are over, except in the democraticaly challenged Social Democrat party.

Adapt or move to socialist paradises where that sort of thing is acceptable: China, North Korea, Cuba. Not here in 2011! Thank you very much. Sweden has moved on; the Social Democrats have not. Bye!
09:21 April 11, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
Doesn't this paper have any decent proof readers?

Check out the grammar and typos.
10:27 April 11, 2011 by aaww
don't joke yourself Juholt.

the guy can only answer, ja ja, nej....on TV and debate?
11:42 April 11, 2011 by miss79
reinfeldt is coward..real politicians should debate and take critisism..
07:12 April 12, 2011 by prince T

dis is an english site for swedish readers. moreover it is a talk forum pple are allowed 2 play with words and english. u talk as if grammar will put food on your table. wake up to 21st centurey @PONTygarreg
03:41 April 22, 2011 by No Haram Done
It's APPALLING to see that SWEDEN'S economic situation now matches that of the US!

Swedes are now willing to give up a kidney for cash?!

It makes me think I'm reading about people in the American states of Ohio & southern California!

ALL so-called "royal" families need to give up their unearned status & wealth!

They have the "right" to struggle to make ends meet like ANYONE else!

ALL elites' current status is PASSE, whether they're bankers or "royals"!
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