Under the pressure put by the Alliance challenge, the Social Democratic party finds its way back to its roots. This has happened gradually during the last couple of years, but in the end of this heated election campaign the turn to the left is clearer than ever.
During the current crisis within Volvo, Persson has said that he wants the public pension funds to grab control of Volvo to avoid risk capitalists taking over. Only to be followed by the opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt, who is quoted saying that Volvo needs long term owners to avoid "exploiting capitalism". This is a very very special election campaign!
In the last week, the focus in the Social Democrat election campaign will be on the change of system that would be a result of a victory for the right wing alliance. In his speech in the Stockholm central station Friday, Göran Persson said that the Conservative policy to privatize hospitals would lead to that "those who pay best go first". He said that politics should be in charge, not the market, and that "politics mustn't be the cleaning lady of the market".
In Uppsala county, the Conservatives want to divide and partly privatize our university hospital, Akademiska sjukhuset. Börje Wennberg, Social Democratic chair of the county board, said:
To divide and perhaps sell parts of Akademiska sjukhuset would mean a drainage of the hospital. We won't accept that. University hospitals ought to be big and have a big range of specializations. The Conservative proposal is a threat to all the important things Akademiska stands for. It shall be the county that owns and manages the hospital, also in the future.
The most important campaign measures are not done in the media, though. During this election campaign, doorknocking has returned as a key campaign method. This is not only because of experiences from British elections, but it's an important factor behind its coming back to fashion. This week is plainly about getting out the vote, stressing the importance to vote to preserve and improve the Swedish model and to avoid a right wing change of system.
This is the closest election in Sweden in 25 years. Turnout will decide, and it's mostly Social Democratic voters who stay on the sofa on polling day. It's time to get out the vote!