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