A GOOD STRATEGY?
Earlier I wrote about how the Danish centre-right parties have
moved to the left in their economic policies, and worried about whether the Swedish opposition
would follow suit, inspired by the good election results in Denmark. And with Liberal Party leader
Lars Leijonborg promising a tax roof (instead of a much needed tax cut) this weekend these worries
seemed well placed. And today, as Fredrik
Reinfeldt, leader of the Conservative Party and head of the opposition alliance (though the other
party leaders won't explicitly say so), wrote an article in Dagens Nyheter another step has been taken
in the wrong direction.
In the article, titled (my translation) "We take LO's worries about lowered wages seriously", Mr Reinfeldt
makes a serious attempt to impress LO - the biggest union in Sweden, closely linked to the Social Democratic
party. He calls a report they've published "interesting" and seems to now seek their approval for his economic
policies. I'll give him a small hint: he won't get it.
LO is the second half of the Worker's Movement in Sweden, the Social Democrats being the first half. The government
funnels loads of tax money to the union, apart from giving them a veto on all important decisions, in return for
their support come election time. It would be more than a little surprising to see LO, the worker's union, to
abandon this incredible position of power - the Social Democrats has ruled since 1932 almost without exception -
in favour of supporting the Conservative Party. Perhaps Mr Reinfeldt knows something that I don't. Or perhaps he's just
making a silly mistake in an attempt to win voters from the Social Democrats.
What about the suggestions themselves? Well, they're generally about making it cheaper to employ people, lowering the
Employer's Fee and making extra big cuts to the fee if you hire people that have been unemployed for a long time. They
may very well be good suggestions, but they should be directed straight to the voters. Not to the union bosses.
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