As regular readers will know then I’m not a friend of the argument that politics in European countries is about persons: In terms of polls and elections, party leader effects have more often that not proven to be elusive (Latest case in point: Villy Søvndal).
But here is a thought for the week-end: Let us imagine that the challenger to Fredrik Reinfeldt for the office of Prime Minister in Sweden had to be chosen though some kind of primary and we had Håkan Juholt and Jonas Sjöstedt as the contenders
A) Who would win?
B) Who would Reinfeldt’s team see as the more dangerous opponent?
The thing is: I can ask the question without being considered completely crazy and the answer – well, maybe the answer is obvious to most readers.