“Does anyone actually miss Jacqueline Badran?” SVP National Councilor Andreas Glarner (59, AG) recently blasphemed on Twitter about his left-wing council colleague, who took a month-long break for health reasons. The tenor on the social media channel was surprisingly clear even for Glarner: yes, she is missing.
And from Monday Glarner will have to deal directly with the politician again. Politically. In Bern. In the federal building. Because SP National Councilor Jacqueline Badran (60, ZH) is returning fully to political life.
Back in the summer session
“I’m back. Starting tomorrow I’ll go back to all my political duties during the summer session,” she tweeted on Sunday. And: “I would like to thank everyone for the great support and the many good wishes.”
On her Facebook page, she went on to say that each individual could improve things for themselves and those around them. “I’ve done as much as I can over the past few weeks,” said Badran. And further: “But we can only change most of our living conditions together in a collective decision-making process within our precious direct-democratic system.”
In view of the huge problems that have to be solved together, “my personal condition is completely unimportant and I find any public attention to it rather uncomfortable,” Badran concluded.
On February 14, it sounded like this: “I’ll be gone then,” Badran tweeted at the time and announced that he would take a break at least until the summer session. Her family doctor had recommended such a break.
Badran had had a strenuous and successful campaign against stamp duty abolition. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The many “defensive battles” in recent years, into which the SP has been forced time and again, have affected it physically and mentally, according to Badran. The many political challenges left her “too often at a loss and tired”.
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A tweet now and then
Since the announcement of her political break, the economic politician, who otherwise likes to be provoked and is rarely at a loss for a saying, has become very quiet.
However, she could not completely keep her hands off the political debate. A few times she made her opinion known via Twitter. For example, when the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine began. «One must never remain silent in a war of aggression. Never,” Badran tweeted.
And in March she resented the lack of crackdowns on Russian oligarchs. “What a miserable neo-feudalist buckling policy,” she complained about the hesitant Zug SVP government councilor Heinz Tännler. This “would have been the first to bow before Gessler’s hat”.
The announcement of an SRG halving initiative also got her blood pumping. “I’m in politics to make the world a little better, to solve real problems for real people,” Badran tweeted in early March. “Not to fight defensive battles against distraction bogus problem constructors. Give me a break!»
Two weeks ago, Badran was in high spirits given the SP’s success in the cantonal elections in Graubünden. She congratulated the Graubünden comrades on Twitter on their election victory.
It’s getting hot again
Badran is going full throttle again in Bern on Monday. And there are some important issues on the program that should be of particular interest to the Zurich native, who has been a member of the National Council since 2011 – from the health insurance premium initiative to the pension fund reform.
And in the fall, two templates that are particularly important for the SP will come before the people. The increase in the retirement age for women to 65 and the partial abolition of withholding tax. The left has launched a referendum against both. And with both, a heated voting battle is guaranteed.