The Swedish government budget proposed today could be sabotaged by
the opposition. The Finance minister is getting politely annoyed
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
The reaction to the Swedish government's budge proposal announced a few
hours ago by the minister of Finance, Anders Borg has started coming
in, and it is not good for the minister. The Minister is thus reacting
by getting really annoyed.
There has been a visible row between the government and the opposition
when bits of the budget were being released last week. The Opposition,
Red-Green parties had been critical of some policy stance the
government was proposing in the budget and now they are bent to
The Red-Green has decided to go ahead with its plans to cut part of the
government's tax package and this is something, Finance minister,
Anders Borg is not happy about.
The opposition strategy had been to stop part of the government's new
tax package in parliament. Now, they have decided to start working to
undo the tax policy straight away.
According to news agency TT , the Social Democrat - led opposition
coalition on Thursday will submit a proposal to the tax Committee to
ask the Finance Committee to reject a fifth earned income tax credit
and the higher tax threshold for state tax being proposed in the budget.
The two proposals (earned income tax credit and the higher tax
threshold) will, according to the Left Party's economic policy
spokesperson, Ulla Andersson to be treated separately.
This means that the government lacks a majority in parliament in regard
to the increase of the threshold, as even the far rights, Sweden
Democrats oppose a higher limit for state taxes.
The Red-Green behaviour has aroused great anger in the governing
Alliance coalition, accusing the Social Democrats and its coalition for
breaking the budget law and making up with the far rights, Sweden
On Wednesday, Finance Minister Anders Borg accused the Social Democrats of engaging in a tactical game.
"It can have serious consequences if the Social Democrats abandon their
practices. I think you should take responsibility for Sweden's economic
policy. I think you should cherish a unified budget process across the
block boundary and do not make plans for a political game, "he says.
However, some people are asking whether the Conservatives put in
policies in the budget, which they knew the far rights would reject and
so if the Red green side with them, they will be accused of working
with the far right. It is also a tactical game from the government.
More interesting and exciting game to follow