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Note to Self: Among the 75%

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Found out

The problem is that square blues are technicians, not academics. So if this test is anything to go by, I’m in the wrong line of work, just like 75% of all … Britons.

Where did it all go wrong…?

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March 29th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

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The Swedish Social Democrats published the results of the election post-mortem today.

The executive, executive summary:

  • Failure to win employment as an issue
  • Also failure to present a credible policy for the creation of jobs in the future
  • Too much emphasis on negative campaigning against the centre-right on social insurance
  • Self-complacency on previous performance

(The full text of the analysis is here)

Journalists of cause wanted to know why Göran Persson as a person didn’t get any of the blame. (Answer by political scientist: Because issues matter in politics. Duh!)

Topic for discussion: How does the analysis fit with the observation made by my colleagues Camilla Sandström and Torbjörn Bergman that the Social Democrats ran on a very leftist platform in 2006 compared with 1998 and 2002?

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March 29th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

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I’m Fairly Green

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Energy Profile #1

My result of the emissions test 1 ton mindre – nick-named the Connie-test by a colleague – prepared by the Danish Environment and Transport Ministries. In order to participate, I had to pretend that I lived in Copenhagen. The test doesn’t allow for the fact that hydroelectric and nuclear power produces a large part of the electricity used in Sweden.

I can only note that a) not owning a car – in fact I don’t even have a driver’s license and b) not flying has a positive, or negative if you like, impact on my contribution to human CO2-emissions.

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March 29th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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