Elisabeth Svantesson (foreground) economic spokesperson for the Moderate party debating with Finance minister Magdalena Andersson.
Elisabeth Svantesson (foreground) economic spokesperson for the Moderate party debating with Finance minister Magdalena Andersson (social democrat). Credit: Christine Olsson/TT

Opposition criticises government for not doing more during good times

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Monday's presentation of the government's spring budget and its opposition debate in parliament laid the grounds for the eight parties' election manifestos ahead of the September general election.

Finance minister Magdalena Andersson of the Social Democrats painted a rosy picture of a strong Swedish economy with national debt as a percentage of GDP at its lowest level since 1977. The government plans to spend SEK 2.6 billion on key election issues such as healthcare, the police and the environment.

The economic spokespersons for the four parties of the centre-right opposition Alliance were quick to criticise what they called the government's "apathetic" handling of a number of issues during its four years in office, with failings in healthcare, lack of jobs for newly arrived immigrants and law and order.

Elisabeth Svantesson of the conservative Moderates told parliament that the government should have done more with the benfits of low interest rates and an economic boom abroad.
 
"We have double the amount of waiting times in healthcare, we have fewer police and added problems with integration, despite the economic boom," she said.

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