Photo: Politicians' Week in Almedalen, Flickr


Climate and equality in focus

In Monday's speech, Jonas Sjöstedt clarified that equality and the climate are the basis for the Left Party's policy. Sweden must be an open country, a Sweden that does not build walls but welcomes and includes people fleeing crises, says Jonas Sjöstedt and attaches clear importance to the ideology and emphasizes international socialism.

A large part of Sjöstedt's speech is about the climate and describes it as the great fate issue of our time. He points out that the 10 richest percent account for half of the world's climate emissions - which means that he wants to see a progressive climate policy where the strictest demands are made on those who emit the most. If the companies that are responsible for the emissions do not do their fair share, a hopelessness will appear in many with a growing environmental commitment and who strive to eat less meat and fly less. The fight against climate change must be a joint project.

He believes that there is a global elite that must bear the greatest cost of the climate but also satisfy equal working conditions between the sexes. Supporting trade unions is an area that is mentioned, but we believe that it is something that could be given more space as it does not describe how the Left Party actually wants to work to create equal international working conditions.

Sjöstedt mentions that those who call themselves "friends of Sweden" paradoxically want to give the image of "a country in disintegration", and in this way damage the country. He emphasizes that the difference between the right and the left is great. He believes that he, like many voters, wants to talk about something other than the right's horror images of the suburbs and immigrants. Beyond the Sweden Democrats' alarmism, there are talks about what is real, Sjöstedt says.

It was difficult to get a place in Almedalsparken and the atmosphere was expectant before the speech. Although Sjöstedt sheds light on global climate and migration issues, neither PGU nor Agenda 2030 are mentioned. We would have liked more important foreign policy issues to be discussed and important frameworks mentioned to increase the public's knowledge and interest in these issues.

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