In Halmstad visits from leaders of political parties are not commonplace. Nonetheless on this day Halmstad on Swedens west-coast is visited by Lars Ohly, chairman of "Vänsterpartiet" (Left-party). Halmstad, Sweden. 06/09/2010
I arrive at my old school Sturegymnasiet, in small-town Halmstad on Swedens tourist-rich west coast. Halmstad is a town with a larger amount of richer citizens. With this in mind, todays speech was well received and many times applause rippled through the locale.
Mr. Ohly arrived a little after midday and was received by young activists from "Ung Vänster" (young left) and several members from the Left-Party.
After a short interview with the school's internal Tv-channel, the school he visited has a very well respected media department, he started his speech. His speech was in all very well performed and the main focus of his speech was on feminism and jobs. The latter being an obvious choice for any party, feminism on the over hand is a speech topic that is often brought up by specifically The Left Party.
After his speech he went on to letting the public ask questions for a short while. Questions asked where sometimes critical and aimed at "catching Ohly out". This is not strange as the school has a larger concentration of members from youth-organisations of the political middle-parties and conservatives.
All in all the speech and questions where both handled well by Ohly that earlier has had problems with saying the "wrong" things at the wrong times, causing the more middle-oriented members of the leftist party to object and critique the party leader. With this said Ohly is not unpopular within his own ranks, he is a radical, non-radical option to the often moderate and careful representative for the Left-party and the more radical members of the party see him as a fresh wind in a moderate world filled with compromise.
Ohly proved this day that he was a true representative for the people, if you like representative democracy that is....