18 September 2006
Sweden’s centre-right opposition bloc has defeated the ruling Social Democrat party in the country’s closest-fought general election for decades.
Minutes later, Prime Minister Goran Persson accepted defeat and said he and the government would resign, ending 12 years of Social Democrat rule.
The centre-left party has led Sweden for all but 10 of the past 89 years.
Mr Reinfeldt, who had promised to cut taxes and reform Sweden’s cradle-to-grave welfare state, took to the stage in front of supporters with his arms raised.
The opposition says changes to Sweden’s rigid labour market and high cost welfare system are long overdue, and promises to cut both employer taxes and unemployment benefits.
It also wants to cut the large social sector, which currently employs 30% of the Swedish job force.
Could this be a bit of a fightback in Sweden against the feminist socialist state? Feminism goes hand in hand with high-welfare and high-taxes, both of which are necessary for what are laughably called “independent” women of a Matriarchy. Likewise a Matriarchy needs a vast civil service, invariably made up of Marxist work-shy flexi-time-working women.
What Britain sorely needs is a similar government, one that will slash taxes and welfare benefits, but this won’t happen so long as women have the vote, because they love nothing more than a big Daddy Government to dish out benefits and preferential treatment to them. Threaten to take these benefits away and no politician can win an election.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 5:17 PM
At 3:34 AM, HAWKEYE said…
this sounds very good .just what we need here in oz,slash the welfare and useless government jobs.
i agree it is very hard for a government to take this stance because the useless ones know the paycheck is in danger,maybe they should load them all onto a spaceship like on hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous said…
It does look promising, I must admit. It’s just a shame that it was only a narrow victory, which could mean the new government has a hard time pushing for change in parliament. This problem will be compounded by the fact that the ruling government is a four-party-coalition. View the chart on the right of this page for the final results http://www.thelocal.se/
On the upside though, the simple fact that they were voted in, indicates that the population do not approve of the bloated welfare system, and high unemployment – estimates vary between 4.8% and 17.9%
Overall, I’m not going to count my chickens on this one. Once some solid policy changes come into effect, then it may offer some hope for other (if somewhat small) nations.
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous said…
From what I understand (and I confess this is just from reading the same online research that most people outside Sweden have access to) Sweden’s political consensus – particularly on social matters – is supported by all the major news outlets, political parties, businesses and labour unions. Dissenting voices find it very difficult to be heard.
This new government will be lucky to do more than tinker at the edges of the economy. The election result is an encouraging sign – but don’t expect meaningful change any time soon.