ten reasons to appreciate Göran Persson

So it’s election year again. Swedish campaigns are rather quiet events. Fewer scandals, less mudslinging, a more conciliatory tone. Still, there’s a lot of badmouthing these days. So here’s a challenge:

Find ten good things to say about your opponent!

Not trivial stuff like he’s got a nice shirt or supports the same football team. Politically relevant reasons to appreciate your opponent.

I’ve never voted for the Social Democrats and probably never will. So there’s my challenge and here I go. I made my top-ten list of positive things from a decade with Prime Minister Persson.

The countdown begins tomorrow.


stromsjo said...

Thanks for the comment but... well, so much for politically relevant reasons to appreciate your opponent.

I suggest you skip the irony and try again.

stromsjo said...

>A lot of people in Sweden are
>very upset by all scandals and
>other signs of the social
>democrats beeing to long in

I agree. And like I said I won't vote for them. But if we are serious about democracy then we'd have to respect the fact that someone we don't like gets elected and - God forbid - reelected. Which means that either most voters are morons (and then we're back to square one without much respect for democracy) or maybe, just maybe, this other dark side might have its occasional bright moments and possibly even some accomplishments.

But you're probably right, trying to paint the world in any other colors than black and white in an election year is... sort of naive.