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Mast3rofPuppets VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

I voted for my first time a few minutes ago. It was a weird feeling that I can't explain. It felt that the choice you made really meant something and whilst I was standing in the booth I was thinking of all the people around the world that would die to put those 4 colored pieces of papers in the envelopes. Other GF'ers are more than welcome to describe how it felt the first time they voted :).

On with the thread: I was thinking of setting up an Swedish election here on Gamingforums. I will copy and paste some brief info about all 7 parties that's currently in the Riksdag then you will vote on the one that you would've voted on if you lived in Sweden.

Lets get started (ranked after how big they were in the 2002 elections):

Swedish Social Democratic Party

The Swedish Social Democratic Party (Swedish: Sveriges socialdemokratiska arbetareparti, commonly referred to as Socialdemokraterna; literally, "Social Democratic Workers' Party of Sweden" and "Social Democrats") is a major political party in Sweden. The party was founded in 1888. (In 1917, a schism occurred when the communists and revolutionaries left to form what is now the Left Party). The party's ideology is social democracy (some mention democratic socialism as well). Its base primarily consists of blue-collar workers, public sector employees, un-emloyed, intellectuals and immigrants. It derives much of its power from strong links with the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), which represents around 90 percent of Sweden's blue-collar workers.

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Moderate Coalition Party

The Moderate Coalition Party (in Swedish: Moderata samlingspartiet, commonly referred to as Moderaterna) is a Liberal conservative party in Sweden. The party states that its ideology is a mix of liberalism and conservatism. The party emphasizes personal freedom, free markets, privatization and reduction of the public-sector growth rate, while still supporting most of the social benefits introduced since the 1930s. The party also supports Sweden's membership of the European Union. They campaigned for the euro in 2003 referendum. Since Fredrik Reinfeldt became party leader, the party has moved to the center and much of the libertarianism has been replaced by a more centrist policy. It is largely expected that this shift will favour the party in the forthcoming elections.

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Liberal People's Party

The party advocates social liberalism and is considered to be centre-right in the context of the generally left-wing environment of Swedish politics; although in a broader, international context it may be considered centre-left. The official party ideology is "social liberalism", which translates as a strong ideological commitment to a free-market economy combined with support for comprehensive social welfare programs. In the party platform the party calls for "social responsibility without socialism."

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Christian Democrats

Ideologically it is a centre-right Christian Democrat party, having a big part of their voter base among those who belong to evangelical denominations, known in Sweden as free churches - Pentecostals, Methodists, Baptists, etc. These churches have many followers in Småland, which is the region where the party is strongest. Other important voter groups are senior citizens and young families. Party's political message has been called 'neo-liberalism with a human face.'

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Left Party

The Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) is a socialist and feminist political party in Sweden, from 1967 to 1990 known as the Left Party - Communists (Vänsterpartiet kommunisterna; (vpk)). On welfare issues, the party opposes privatizations. Moreover, the party opposes Swedish membership of the European Union and advocates increase public expenditure.

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Centre Party

The party maintains close ties to rural Sweden. The ideology is sometimes called agrarian, but in a European context, the Centre Party can perhaps best be characterized as social liberal focusing on agricultural, environmental, and rural questions. Longterm key issues have been opposition to nuclear power and proposals to decentralize governmental authority. The party was founded in 1913 as Bondeförbundet (Farmers' League). In 1922 it merged with Jordbrukarnas Riksförbund (National Farmers Union).

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Green Party

The party was founded in 1981 emerging out of the movement opposing nuclear power in a referendum held 1980. It won seats in the Parliament of Sweden for the first time in 1988, failed to enter in the following election in 1991, but returned again in 1994. The Green Party is an environmentalist party that attracts young people. The party takes a strong stand against membership in the European Union and wants a new referendum on the issue. The Greens support a phasing-out of nuclear energy in Sweden and hope to replace it with alternative, environmentally friendly energy sources.

The Moderates, Liberal People's Party, Christian Democrats and the Centre Party formed an alliance in 2004 called the Alliance for Sweden. If the Alliance for Sweden wins the leader of the Moderates, Fredik Reinfeldt, will become the Swedish PM.

The social democrats will cooperate with the Green Party and the Left Party if they don't get enough votes to get a majority in the Riksdag (which is VERY unlikely). If they win the current Swedish PM, Göran Persson, will stay PM.

Experts thinks that this will be the closest election in decades. The Alliance is leading in most "opinion polls". We will see who wins when the polls closes in a few hours.

I choosed between the Liberal People's Party and the Moderates. I ended up voting for the Moderates. I don't have that much against the idelogy of social democracy but I think they've been on the "throne" too long and need a kick in the ass. And as long as Göran Persson is their leader and as long as they're cooperating with the Left and the Green party they wont get my vote.

Let the voting commence!




Karst

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#2 12 years ago

I voted for the first time about a year ago, and it was very early in the morning. It was kind of exciting, and my first thought was if i had missed the right column and voted something else. I voted Green Party on this poll, because that's what i vote in real life.

Though i suppose i wouldn't have in Sweden, after reading the description. Your Green Party seems quite different than ours.




GOD111

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#3 12 years ago

After having a discussion over MSN with MoP, I can do nothing but say that this poll is un-serious. Why? He leaves partys who is outside the "riksdag" but is very close to come in. To be able to come in to the "riskdag" in Sweden, you have to get 4% of the votes.

Most partys who isn't in the riskdag is lying around 0.5-2%. However, there is one party that has over 3% (3,5% two days ago). They critisize the immigration policys of Sweden and are there for considerd an anti-immigration party by the media. Media haven't done their homework, and neither has MoP in this perticular subject. For you Danes and Norwegians, its a party based on the same values as Dansk Fokepartiet and the Norwegian Fremskritspartiet. So you be the judge wetter they are un-democratic or not, or if it's MoP who has decided to censor the largest party outside "riksdagen".

Anyway, that is why I'm not voting in this poll, since I think he has done the same thing as the media, judged them without reading their partyprogram.




[CoUk]niu

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#4 12 years ago

Well,even I got my arse there this time.




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#5 12 years ago

*SW3D3*After having a discussion over MSN with MoP, I can do nothing but say that this poll is un-serious. Why? He leaves partys who is outside the "riksdag" but is very close to come in. To be able to come in to the "riskdag" in Sweden, you have to get 4% of the votes.

Most partys who isn't in the riskdag is lying around 0.5-2%. However, there is one party that has over 3% (3,5% two days ago). They critisize the immigration policys of Sweden and are there for considerd an anti-immigration party by the media. Media haven't done their homework, and neither has MoP in this perticular subject. For you Danes and Norwegians, its a party based on the same values as Dansk Fokepartiet and the Norwegian Fremskritspartiet. So you be the judge wetter they are un-democratic or not, or if it's MoP who has decided to censor the largest party outside "riksdagen".

Anyway, that is why I'm not voting in this poll, since I think he has done the same thing as the media, judged them without reading their partyprogram.

I made a decision to only include the parties that was in the Riksdag. No one knows how this years election will end. Sverigedemokraterna got 1.5% of the votes in 2002 and that's far away from the 4% they need to get into the Riksdag. Calling it censorship is outragous, my personal opinions about parties has nothing to do with this thread (if they did the Left Party wouldn't be in it). If Sverigedemokraterna would've been in the Riksdag they would've been in the poll. It's as simple as that.

I wont discuss this more and I beg you to not derail this thread any further.




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#6 12 years ago

It seems that the Alliance for Sweden won the election. This means that Sweden will get a new PM: Fredrik Reinfeldt. Göran Persson also announced that he will resign. I think a new PM and being in the opposition will do the social democrats good.

I think this will be very interesting, Sweden really needed some change on the political arena.




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#7 12 years ago

If nothing else,Göran is history. Good riddance.




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#8 12 years ago

I never vote...I find its a waste of time I view them as lairs...so therefore I don't vote


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GOD111

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#9 12 years ago

I feel appauld over the political climat in Sweden. Never ever will I vote on one of the "established" parties. The hipocrycy among them is disgusting if you ask me.




[CoUk]niu

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#10 12 years ago

Well,Swede,why does it bother you so much?You have emigrated,after all.:)