Popularising the Party program
1999. At a specially called annual conference in January 1999 The Sweden Democrats re-examined their Party program. The Party abolished its demand to nationalise the banking system, removed demands for the death penalty to be reinstated and removed the so-called 70’s-rule (the rule meant that anyone who arrived in Sweden after 1970 would be kicked out).
Johan Rinderheim later explained that these were ideas that had “kept many good forces from joining the Sweden Democrats”. He was SD’s main candidate in the European elections, but has now left the party. He took credit for the changes:
“There were still some peculiar qualities to the party program, but it became a much easier to sell after these changes were voted through at the annual conference.”