The right won the debate
In the end it was a matter of finding firewood.Updated: September 12, 2022, 01:19Published: September 11, 2022, 4:30 p.mAfter a hectic 2010s with dreams of beautiful wind turbines on the horizon, solar cells on every roof, electric motors in every vehicle and emission-free blast furnaces in Norrbotten, there was suddenly a shortage of wood. Small house owners are now filling their stores with split birch. A stool at Blocket costs SEK 7,500 for pickup in the Stockholm area. It lasts about a month. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency appeals to burn properly – and points out that burning wood is one of the biggest sources of health-threatening air pollution in Sweden. The electricity companies say that we should put aside two months’ wages to afford this winter.It swings quickly in Sweden. The migration paradigm blew away in one morning in Rosenbad. The dogma of non-alignment quietly melted away in two spring weeks. The reduction obligation died out as a political vision when the diesel price rose above SEK 25 per litre. Nuclear power went from phase-out to expansion over the summer. When the price in electricity area 4 went over seven kroner, the Social Democrats called SVT and wanted to change their answer about new nuclear power from “quite bad” to “quite good” in the electoral compass. They got it. That the extreme party Sweden Democrats would win the climate debate nobody saw coming, but in the 2022 election campaign it happened. The Social Democrats are still treading a little cautiously, but in reality have embraced SD’s agenda outright. A year ago, the S-led government broke because the petrol tax would be reduced by 50 öre. Now it is a social democratic obviousness to try to lower the price at the pump and preferably send a diesel subsidy afterwards.No matter which one side of politics that won on Sunday, the next government-former will work on the issues of the right. During the time that the left in a broad sense has spent arguing about SD, the right in an equally broad sense has thought and written. The policy work in the parties, at think tanks and on leadership pages that lean to the right has come a long way in comparison to the opposing side. A trice in press meetings at the Riksdag on Wednesday was telling. First, Gunnar Strömmer and Johan Forssell from the Moderates invited and presented detailed proposals on gang crime. Then came Jimmie Åkesson and Henrik Vinge from the SD and presented a concrete plan for how the next government should work with tougher penalties. Then Annie Lööf came and spoke about two S proposals about pre-school and after-school which C has now adopted. The September sky outside was innocently blue. Pre-school and after-school are two important institutions. But they stand and go. Customer satisfaction is top notch. The next government will not have its reform focus there. It will work with Strömmer and Åkesson’s proposal.It’s the same in several areas. On the right-hand side, there is a developed plan for how the energy market should be reregulated so that major types of power such as nuclear power can be financed. Here are ideas about how the defense should grow to fit into NATO, how the alliance government’s line of work should be implemented in the great exclusion that lives outside both the labor market and the social insurance system, and how the tax system should promote diligence, thrift and capital formation. On the left side, there are mostly scoldings and glaring warnings of a fascist takeover. One can almost believe that the Minister of Defense will request UN troops on Helgeandsholmen as protection for democracy.When Magdalena Andersson is at her best and commands the most respect, she acts as deputy right-wing leader while waiting for the regulars to speak. She usually says that she sees reality as it is and does what is required. She would just as easily say that she now sees the proposals of the right and makes them her own, one after the other. This year, she reigns for the third time on the right-wing budget without blinking an eye. “I agree with Ulf”, was her most common line in the election debates. But she goes further than that. She has quickly appropriated the flag, love of country, private cars and wolf hunting. She can at any time propose to exempt Blekinge county from the eel fishing ban. Like M, KD and L, she has finally understood why SD is growing. Ten years of excuses about angry men have fallen. One of the most revolutionary changes in Swedish political history is due more to the fact that the SD is conspicuously often the first to say that the emperor does not have a thread on his body. There is always a scandal, as it should be in a nervously obedient kingdom with an attraction to bullying, but when DN and Strandhäll have completely collapsed, it often turns out that SD is right. It was not possible to have immigration without volume control. It is not possible to post fuel prices above SEK 30 per litre. You can’t shut down reactors and just hope for the low pressure from the North Sea. It doesn’t work to have over half a million people in vulnerable areas and not have police on the streets and cameras on the walls. There are a bunch of typically Swedish values that are worth protecting. The Swedish right is to be congratulated. When this text is printed, there is no final election result. It is only expected on Wednesday. The right side leads with two mandates. But the right won the issues and will dominate the next term. It is a lesson for the left who should think through the meaning of political life.Autumn will be turbulent. Ukraine’s offensive this weekend has gone surprisingly well. No one knows how Russia will deal with its coming defeat. Swedish democracy must gather quickly after the election. The major parties have a special responsibility. Andersson and Kristersson have had a respectful tone towards each other. It is one of the more important events of the election campaign.