I could not help thinking of the british Labour party, when Ulf Kristersson on Friday told me that the designation ”New” is going away, and now it is only ”Conservatives” that, before the happily applauding local councillors on the party's Sverigemöte in Karlstad.
Fredrik Reinfeldt copied the Tony Blair. Labour leader wanted to wash away the vänsterprofilen, added ”New” in front of the chairman and steered the politics toward the center.
the Renewal proved to be a stroke of genius, and produced several valvinster. Anyway gnisslades it early at the grassroots, who wanted to have the real Labour party back. Successor Gordon Brown was not particularly fond of the name change, but also sounded the epithet ”New” still hang. It did not Ed Milliband, but it was largely a cosmetic change – a dramatic left turn he did not.
During reinfeldt's last years were complained it is sometimes the designation of ”New” among them, who preferred to instead add a ”classic”.
It has, however, Jeremy Corbyn made. Then fullblodssocialisten took over the helm, it is the old Labour party back.
as the Conservatives may be on the way to carry out exactly the same trip. Already during reinfeldt's last years were complained it is sometimes the designation of ”New” among them, who preferred to instead add a ”classic”. The successor Anna Kinberg Batra, let it still remain.
When Conservatives now discontinue the epithet, it is accompanied not by any högergir to talk about. On Sverigemötet spoke Kristersson warmly about the Swedish model and the social mobility. To the man, he did not, but smote on the contrary, fixed to hopefulness ”is an obligation”.
the Reason for this is that the M-leader despite all the talk about being ”liberal-conservative” is far more of the former than the latter.
It is actually quite telling what has just now been highlighted as the Conservatives conservative elements: distrust of the revolutions and the realization of the communities ' weight.
Reformismen characterizes not only conservatism but also liberalism, and for that matter social democracy. And as well conservatives understand liberals the importance of communities. The conflict is about whether they should be compulsory, and what role the state should have to maintain them.
described as ”New” and that the management profusely invoking the party's conservative tradition should probably be viewed primarily as a way to try to appease those who want to take in the way the Conservatives to the right. The same thing can be said about the article Kristersson published at Friday's DN Debate, in which he stresses that integration is all about to those who come here should adapt to Sweden and not the other way around.
It can of course be read as a position of ”assimilation”. But on the pressträffen that followed a century of Sverigemötet wanted M-leader does not even take the word in his mouth. At the same time, he stressed that the immigration to Sweden good to be able to retain their old cultural identity and pass it on to their children.
It creates a pressure to shift in the conservative direction, as the parts of the party probably also want to affirm.
Despite the fact that the epithet ”New” is dropped, so are the Conservatives so left on his liberal bones. The question is whether the party can manage to do it the rest of the term. And at the same time keep ahead in opinion.
of the elections in 2018 be noted that 6 of the 10 percentage points lost since 2010 have been lost to The sweden democrats. It is about the predominantly conservative voters. The same election assessment statement also notes that about 40 percent of those who voted on the M last year, choose that label to describe themselves. If them they now have competition from not only Jimmie Åkesson, but also by Ebba Busch Thor.
Then in the fall has a couple of percentage points have been lost – in particular, to the right, the Christian democrats. It creates a pressure to shift in the conservative direction, as the parts of the party probably also want to affirm.
But for the Conservatives to be able to function as a hub for a future reunited sphere must Kristersson stand by their liberalism – and the party in its leaders.
the Nightmare is that as well as Labour closes the circle. And find their very own M-branded counterpart to Jeremy Corbyn.