Efter finanskrisen har det blivit uppenbart hur viktigt det strama budgetregelverket har varit. Som ledarsidan påpekade i går så har internationella bedömare gång på gång lyft fram Sverige som förebild; se exempelvis Washington Post och The Economist.
Så vad händer när oppositionen börjar nagga regelverket i kanterna? Jo, investerarna börjar omedelbart dra öronen åt sig.
”Swedish Haven Status at Risk in Budget Fight
Sweden risks damaging its status as a haven for international investors as opposition parties put up their biggest fight yet to block a key part of the minority government’s budget.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has staked the remaining three years of his term on further tax reductions after lowering income levies representing about 2 percent of annual economic output since 2006 and trimming payroll and corporate fees. The opposition, led by Social Democrat Hakan Juholt, has signaled it will reject the plan, which may provoke a new election and cut short a sitting government’s term for the first time since 1953.
’The situation is precarious,’ said Jenny Madestam, a political scientist at Stockholm University. The government has ’been caught by surprise,’ she said.
Sweden was one of two European Union countries to have a balanced budget or post a surplus last year — the other is Estonia — after delivering the bloc’s biggest economic rebound. That’s allowed the government to pursue tax cuts when much of the rest of Europe is trying to persuade voters to accept austerity packages. Juholt, who took over as party head in March, has derided lower taxes as ’passive’ and is lobbying instead for more spending on infrastructure and welfare.”
Läs alltihop och tacka Håkan Juholt…