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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 September 2006

Sweden:

Right victory punishes Social Democracy

THE RIGHT-wing coalition of the Liberal Party, Centre Party, Christian Democrats and New Moderates won the 17 September elections in Sweden, threatening attacks on working conditions and public services.

The Social Democrats had ruled the country for over 65 of the last 74 years and were convinced that they would maintain power, especially in a period of 4% economic growth.

But Sweden's Social Democrats have followed the trend of former workers' parties moving dramatically to the right and forcing through social cuts. Many voters were so disillusioned that they voted in the right-wing, pro-cuts coalition.

This shows the pressing need for a socialist alternative to Sweden's capitalist parties for working-class people in Sweden.

This is highlighted also by significant increases for the Sweden Democrats (Sweden's biggest fascist party) A new workers' party needs to be built to show the way forward in combating the attacks on social welfare, and to provide jobs, homes and services to combat racism.

The election of eight councillors from RŠttvisepartiet Socialterna (CWI Sweden) will lead the way in showing that it doesn't have to be like this. They will show that another world is possible - a socialist one!

Glyn Matthews

Three new CWI councillors

ON 17 September, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (RS - CWI Sweden) made important gains in local council elections. From five council seats in the 2002 elections, RS has increased to eight seats.

Laurence Coates, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna, Stockholm

Where a clear, fighting socialist programme is presented, as opposed to the pro-big business, neo-liberal record of the outgoing social democratic government and its two support parties, the Left Party and Greens, a working-class alternative can make gains.

RS fought on a programme of opposing all cuts in services and privatisations, for a revolt from the low-paid, especially women and public-sector workers, and for a major expansion of employment in schools, childcare and other council services.

RS also highlighted the threat from the extreme right Sweden Democrats (SD) with anti-racist demonstrations organised in all three cities where RS contested council seats.

The vote for the RS list in Haninge, a suburb of the capital Stockholm, increased almost five-fold from the last election to around 1,240 votes and Mattias Bernhardsson and Lina Thornblom were elected to the town council.

In LuleŚ in northern Sweden the RS vote rose by 25% from the last election and should result in an increase from two to three seats in the city council. In Umera RS looks set to defend the three seats it won in 2002 (up from two in 1998).

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