Influence only in opposition

Social democrat Lennart Nilsson has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag for 30 years, longer than any other member in the current parliament. He is interviewed in today’s Metro:

Which period have you enjoyed the most?
– Acutally when we were in opposition in 1991-94. I was part of the parliamentary party under Ingvar Carlsson. I then felt that we had influence over politics.

(Då kände jag att vi hade inflytande över politiken.)