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Interesting questions.

A neoliberal consensus dominates most of the big newspapers but there are some local leftwing papers and of course Aftonbladet which is (as is Expressen) an evening paper and therefore has more Britney and docu-soaps coverage.

Tv and radio is dominated by public service, SVT and SR. They have sort of a middle-of-the-road approach as they need to be perceived as objective. That tends to position them to the left of the press and they also act as some form of guidline to were the center is.

On the topic of how convinced the people is, I continue to note that the right bloc came to power by moving to the left and they are not moving out to the right with any considerable speed. Reinfelt seems to hold his party (Moderaterna, which dominates the right field) in very strict control and looks determined to keep them "the new workers party" which was their slogan this autumn. Of course they are to the right of Göran Perssons left wing government they replaced but not hugely so.

The socialdemocrats will choose Mona Sahlin as their next chairperson in March. All opponents has dropped out of the competition. She is generally considered to be in the right wing of the social democrats, however she is above all a skilled politician. In all likelyhood she will be the first female prime minister of Sweden (in 2010 or 2014). She would have been in 1995 or 1996 had she not been the target of a campaign probably in part directed from opponents within her party. This time it looks like she has everything under control.

What the social democrats strategy will be remains to be seen, but if she chooses to lead them to the left the election 2006 may very well be the year the swedish political spectrum turned left after drifting to the right for about two decades.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 12:42:30 PM EST
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looks determined to keep them "the new workers party" which was their slogan this autumn.

Their also? The Finnish Kokoomus, which is right of center, used that slogan also in the last elections. People laughed at them.

The socialdemocrats will choose Mona Sahlin as their next chairperson in March. All opponents has dropped out of the competition.

Is she the one whose credit card use came into scrutiny and was that part of the campaign you mention?

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 12:49:38 PM EST
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Is she the one whose credit card use came into scrutiny and was that part of the campaign you mention?

Yes. She was sloppy and used the governmental credit card for personal expenses. IIRC, the investigation launched reached the conclusion (long after she had dropped out of the race and Göran Persson instead had become the chairperson and prime minister) that she was far from alone in doing so both in the socialdemocratic and the previous right bloc government. And when every krona had been counted the government owed her something like a couple of hundred euros. The media hype around this and the backstabbing from party members (LTEs protesting and such) led me to believe there was a campaign against her.

However, against her does not imply for someone in particular. When she declined the stage became somewhat empty and there was a lot of speculation before Göran Persson finally emerged as the only candidate. Perhaps the party was simply not ready to handle having a women as the party leader.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 10:48:06 PM EST
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I agree with all of the above, except that the state radio, and especially the state tv are a bit left of center. They are probably doing their best to be objective, but since more than 70 % of Swedish journalists are leftists (and likely even more in the state media) they don't always succeed.

Also I believe choosing Sahlin as new party chairman for the socialists will be a disaster and mean the center right will win on walk over in 2010, due to Sahlins complete sloppiness, incompetence and fascination for the kind of issues (Sweden has no culture and all Swedes are inherently racist, there are no more important issues than gay and transsexual rights etc) which will send the socialist core voters (socially conservative industrial workers) into the arms of the center right and especially our own populist Le Pen light, Sverigedemokraterna.

It's unlikely we'll end up in a situation where they are the biggest workers party though, like in France...

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by Starvid on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 05:34:42 PM EST
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Most American journalists are lefties too. It doesn't make the media particularily leftist over there. Journalists are employees.
by Trond Ove on Mon Feb 19th, 2007 at 06:55:23 PM EST
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due to Sahlin's complete sloppiness, incompetence and fascination for the kind of issues (Sweden has no culture and all Swedes are inherently racist, there are no more important issues than gay and transsexual rights etc)

This kind of person is pretty common in USA as well.  A couple of years back, I went to a meeting that was supposedly organized by the Greens of Minnesota.  It lasted over three hours.  Over a hour was spent debating how we could get behind the demand for reparations for slavery.  I wondered how we could extract money from people whose families had not even been in USA while slavery was still practiced.  Got me dirty looks.

BTW, in three hours there was NO discussion of environmental issues at all!!!

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by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Tue Feb 20th, 2007 at 01:48:55 PM EST
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