'Government doesn’t believe in youth'
Newly elected leader of the Social Democrats, Stefan Lofven, is determined not to be blinded by the recent good polls (Red green majority after 's' increase with close to 10%!), showing increasing support for the earlier troubled party.
“I won’t rest until we have a Social Democratic government,” he said in preparing for the Scanian party congress in Helsingborg. Löfven was delayed by a snowstorm in Stockholm, but when he arrived in Helsingborg he was greeted by standing ovations. His speech centered on jobs, jobs and more jobs.
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“After six years, the conservative façade is coming apart. We’re going backward, not forward, which is what we want,” he said. Unemployment among the young is high in Sweden, and Löfven maintained it’s because the government doesn’t believe in youth. “If you put all unemployed young people in a line, it would reach all the way from Helsingborg to Möllevångstorget in Malmö.” A new employment politics, according to Löfven, has to do with orderly state finances, an economic policy worthy of its name, and a job market—and educational policy that makes it easier for young people to take what jobs there are. “A fifth of all businesses today have to turn down orders because they lack manpower,” Löfven said. The Social Democrats also want increased concentration of the infra structure.
“If the infra structure cannot keep up, the industry won’t be able to handle its transports. We don’t only build the country, we also bind it together in the right way.” The main goal for the Social Democrats is that everyone should have a job. But Löfven also believes Sweden ought to take more space on the international arena. And he feels that areas where Sweden could do more are Belarus and Syria: “Europe’s last dictator must go,” he said. “And the regime of Syria has lost all legitimacy.”
Löfven has been leader of the Social Democrats for about three months, but can already certify that his new job is tougher than that of being leader of the trade union IF Metall (which he was between 2006-January 2012). “But on the other hand I get to meet a lot of interesting people now,” he said.