EU Elections

The last few weeks have been a little bit odd.

For the first time since I was 18, I have failed to vote in an election.

And it’s not down to eligibility: as EU citizens, we’re perfectly entitled to vote in EU (and local) elections in Sweden. We’re also – I think – eligible to vote at our old UK address. For the latter, as we’ve removed ourselves from the UK body politic, it didn’t feel right continuing to vote there. This is also why I won’t be voting in September’s Independence Referendum even though it’s something I’ve been passionate about for 25 years and more.

Given how I’ve argued for political engagement and using the hard won right to vote for a long time, it seems a bit odd not using it. But I didn’t feel like I had a firm enough grasp on Swedish political realities to cast an informed vote. I did however keep an interested eye on the electoral posters that went up around the city, and found some views that would certainly have an impact on my likelihood to vote for/against the party in question.

First thing that struck me: there’s a lot more positive rhetoric for Europe here than in the UK, where it’s more a case of how strongly to word the anti-EU-rhetoric. And it didn’t seem to have an obvious left/right division.

So here is a quick roundup of the posters I saw and managed to take a picture of.

Nya Moderaterna

Looks like they’re pro-european business, a bit like the Ken Clarke wing of the Tory Party. Definitely using a I believe in Europe position.

Folkpartiet

Also strongly pro-EU. I love the Right Aunt for the Job line.

Centerpartiet

Some Euro scepticism here, closer to current Tory orthodoxy.

Sverigedemokraterna

Ah, the UKIP of Sweden with their DOWN WITH THAT SORT OF THING disapproving line. I rather like that their posters have been ahem amended.

Socialdemokraterna

Swedish salaries for everyone in Sweden Vote for fair conditions and more jobs Think jobs matter?  That’s why the EU election matters
Swedish salaries for everyone in Sweden
Vote for fair conditions and more jobs
Think jobs matter?
That’s why the EU election matters

Miljöpartiet

Politicians must become warmer Not the climate
Politicians must become warmer
Not the climate

Piratpartien

This was the only poster I saw for this once feted party.

Free filesharing on a free internet
Free filesharing on a free internet

Kristdemokraterna

It says something about the standing of the journalism profession in the UK and Sweden that a Swedish politician can stand on the platform of being a journo, and that that looks very strange to my eyes.

Send a stubborn journalist to Brussels EU will help families on the run, but won’t protect our parents’ insurance
Send a stubborn journalist to Brussels
EU will help families on the run, but won’t protect our parents’ insurance

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