Heavy weight political debate in Swedish television - Social Democrats Löfven vs Conservative Reinfeldt
Monday, 16 September 2013
It is just less than a year left before the general election in Sweden,
and a few minutes ago, completed a debate between the head of
government, Fredrik Reinfeldt and the head of the opposition, Stefan
Löfven. The debate was dominated by the economy, taxes, unemployment,
education, welfare and the direction of Sweden.
The debate had a unique characteristic in that there were no
participation of the other smaller party leaders, in what has been
described as a pound for pound political bout and it was the first time
in the Swedish political scene where Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Prime
Minister, and head of the Conservative Moderate party and Stefan
Löfven, head of the Social Democrat Party had a face-to-face debate
live on TV.
Stefan Löfven vs Fredrik Reinfeldt / image Swedish TV
Fredrik Reinfeldt starts by defending his persistent tax cuts
especially the fifth earned income tax credit, a tax cut that cost
Skr12 billion, and which also increased the tax threshold to
As Stefan Löfven was talking about the importance of investing in the
future of the country instead of lowering taxes especially by borrowed
money for that, the Premier shot back and boasted that "we are using
the strong Swedish economy, we do what we promised and to make a broad
groups of workers to have more money in your wallet while you want to
expand the benefits system."
"Are you happy, Fredrik Reinfeldt? " asks Stefan Löfven, referring to
the growing unemployment and youth unemployment that is getting out of
control and that the government was borrowing money to fund an
inefficient and costly tax cuts.
"You have to see the fact, unemployment is higher than when you took
office. Long-term unemployment is higher than when you took office,
youth unemployment is higher than when you took office, and you stand
here and seems quite happy, said Stefan Löfven.
"I have read these reports, they do not reflect what Stefan
Löfven describes. They say a higher take home pay when you work brings
more jobs. It is perhaps the most effective way to create more jobs
available, said Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Stefan Löfven vs Fredrik Reinfeldt in head of party debate/ Svt TV
He went on to day that "You talk about energy, but it is creating any job. How long should we wait?"
According to Löfven, Sweden need to be forward thinking in the global
economy. For this it requires "us to have a demand in the private
sector and it is only if companies can recruit, and thus we must have
an educated workforce."
"We are committed to the school, we will give all children a real
chance to go through school, and it requires investment," said Stefan
Löfven. You will never afford, Fredrik Reinfeldt, to both reduce taxes
and invest in school.
Fredrik Reinfeldt heckled the Social Democrats leader that he, and his
party are now rooting against keeping the fifth-work tax credit. He
told Löfvens to promise not to tear it up the policy at a change of
government next year. As most right wing politician are doing these
day, Fredrik Reinfeldt could not explain how the new tax cuts will
affect the high earners.
"It's a little placard politics, but today we have seen that you do not
want to give tax cuts for those earning over Skr36,000, "said
Reinfeldt, referring to the opposition's speech to the parliament
trying to stop the rising threshold for the state income tax.
He also wondered what the leader of the Social democrats government alternative is, and how it will look like.
Fredrik Reinfeldt should be careful when it comes to talking about
government alternative, counter Löfven and refers to both the Christian
Democrats and the Centre Party teetering on the verge of parliament
collapse according to opinion polls.
The fact remains that neither the government nor the Social Democrats'
budget options are quite clear on the table. Although part of the
government's budget to be presented on Wednesday is already, out. Part
of it held for example, held the government's proposal for a
fifth earned income tax credit, a proposal which Stefan Löfven
By Scancomark.com Team