Swedish 2010 elections don't deliver Green Promises!
The swedish elections, held last sunday, were dissappointing to every respect possible. The last somwhat progressive country in Europe fell ultimately to right-wing populism and centre-right nonsense. Sweden served as a role-model for much of Europe’s Social Democrats as well as people dreaming of more equal societies. The question Europe now has to answer is not only, why one of the main political model of the 20th century – Social Democracy – has failed, but how to move on and back and towards an increase in solidarity again.
- Fascists Islam-hating, anti-immigration, nationalistic „Sweden Democrats“ entered parliament for the first time, making it impossible for any fo the two main political blocs (blue and red-green) to govern. They are led by some young, studentish looking wannabe-step-son who succeeded in turning his party’s image in society into something less radical, yet being anti-establishment. My advice: Ignoring them gives them more attention and strengthens their anti-elite role. Try to implement programs for better immigration and education (for Swedes, esp. in Southern Sweden). The symptoms cannot be cured without the strong medicine of better policy.
- The Social Democrats used to govern Sweden for one million years (except some minor incidents). Now, the party almost went below the 30% mark (sounds familiar, Germans?). It did not gain any popularity during the years of opposition. On the contrary, they ratings fell even more. This might be due to the little alternatives presented to the liberal political Zeitgeist in Europe. Europe was hoping for Sweden, and the SD let it down. My advice: Time to change something!
- The conservative (Alliansen) bloc around with Fredrik Reinfeldt in the middle did a big effort to turn back the wheels of time and privatize the country, getting back into nuclear horror and denying rights to immigrants. For all this, the party was rewarded with even more seats in the Riksdag, the impressive parliament of Sweden. It is the first time, that a conservative intermezzo is re-elected in Sweden. Usually, the short times of pro-market rule help the society to see what is really important: solidarity, common sense, Social Democrats. Not so in 2010! My thought: The Alliance-bloc grew under the leadership of Reinfeldt’s Moderate Party, which by now is primus-inter-pares. Maybe, the other parties (liberals, christians, farmers) revolt one day, as they get closer to the 4% threshold.
- The Greens have gained 2%. Congratulations! But they were up in the polls at almost 10% last year. So the 7,2% now are nice – not wonderful. Further, it has to be asked whether some SD-votes were taken. Nevertheless, the Greens are now an even more established element in Swedish politics… let’s hope they can co-govern again one day. My advice: Go get them all! Go Green!!! 🙂
Conclusion: It could have been a wonderful Red-GREEN-Red coalition with strong sustainability policies. It could have been a return to a more jsut Sweden. It could have been… so nice. It is not. All left parties stayed below expectations. There is much to do until 2014! (But not a black-green(wash) coalition!)