In tomorrow's issue of LO-Tidningen, the trade union movement's weekly newspaper, I have an article on Labour and Gordon Brown. It's in Swedish, but I'll summarize it for my English-speaking readers:
- The Conservatives had a rough time on both Sweden and the UK after the ERM crisis in 1992.
- The support for both the Swedish Social Democrats and Labour dropped in 2003-04, in Sweden because of a failed economic policy and in the UK because of the war in Iraq. Labour won despite of that in 2005 as the Tories didn't succeed to exploit the disappointment the war created.
- We both face new and dynamic Conservative leaders. We lost in 2006, Labour still has a chance if Brown can distance himself enough from Blair and open up the party for its "loving critics".
- The deputy leader race is important, Jon Cruddas is the dynamic candidate that can rebuild the connection between grass root members and the leadership.