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Oinking Sweden Democrat MP steps down

Published: 29 Nov 2012 11:11 GMT+01:00

According to Åkesson, Isovaara's "credibility is minimal at the moment", adding that the MP has "personal problems".

"It's very hard to have confidence in anything he says," Åkesson told reporters.

“We had no reason to question him initially. We reacted to the information we had, now we have other information.”

Isovaara reportedly oinked like a pig and spat at a security guard in the early hours of Wednesday morning after he had reported a robbery.

He called the Expressen newspaper himself and urged them to publish the story, however the paper later published information that suggested the robbery never took place.

Isovaara had left his belongings behind in a Stockholm restaurant.

Police on the scene reported Isovaara for racial abuse following his attack on the guards.

The Sweden Democrats withdrew their earlier statement claiming Isovaara had been robbed by two "unknown, immigrant-background men".

Isovaara will be replaced by 24-year-old Markus Wiechel, the district chair for the Sweden Democrats in Östergötland County, who has previously been convicted of slander.

Despite the conviction, Åkesson said that Wiechel could still represent the party.

“If you look at what he was convicted for it’s about things that were written on his blog. We don’t consider it to be so serious that he can’t represent the party,” Åkesson told reporters.

The party will also help Isovaara fight his personal issues.

"There are personal problems connected to these incidents, so our party will also offer him help,” Åkesson said.

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12:00 November 29, 2012 by dizzy09
At this rate, they may have no more MPs left in the future.
12:18 November 29, 2012 by gplusa
It's the height of bad manners to snuffle someone.
12:39 November 29, 2012 by Stolpskott
So... we have a person who invents a criminal charge to cover his own absent-mindedness (or possibly drunkenness, I guess) about the fact that he left his stuff in a restaurant, a party which then ascribes that criminal charge to immigrants (because of course a blonde Swede would never rob somebody), and a replacement who has been convicted of slander, but because it was slander on the internet he is still considered capable of fulfilling the duties of a Riksdag MP...

For all the work Jimmy Åkesson is doing to humanise and brush up SD, his colleagues seem to be working just as hard to undermine that and say "guess what, we are still a bunch of racist, mysoginist idiots who cannot walk, because we have one foot permanently installed in our collective mouths... mainly because if we take the foot out of the mouth, some unfortunate opinions seem to come out with it as well".
12:56 November 29, 2012 by Jes
The Devil cannot be corrupt
13:30 November 29, 2012 by RobinHood
Two working hours, and he's out. Jimmie's ruthless. No investigations, no inquiries, no reports, no party hearings - zap! He's gone.

For some reason, yet to be explained by the Swedish press or The Local, Jimmie and what's left of his party get even more popular as each scandal goes by.

The other Swedish parties take months to deal with this sort of thing, and even then, usually come up with a bucket of white wash finding that everybody behaved splendidly, and no rules were broken.

Until now, Jimmie's and the Swedish media's handling of these scandals seems to be working in the Sweden Democrats' favor. Why? The other political parties, and the media are in hyper-drive rubbishing the Sweden Democrats and despite everything they write and say, all that happens is that the Sweden Democrats get even more popular. Why? Something wierd is going on here, and no one is looking into it.

Oh well! Bring on the next drunken Sweden Democrat behaving badly.
15:47 November 29, 2012 by Jes
What are trying to say @ RobinHood ?
19:14 November 29, 2012 by SebastianLJ
@RobinHood: You forget that the next monthly polls won't be available for the next two weeks, which would give us a better impression of the damage the SD has inflicted upon itself. The last polls came out just as the Almqvuist/Ekeroth scandal broke, so it was too late to gauge the public's opinion on that. In mid-December, expect the SD to suffer from lower numbers, if not an outright collapse.
21:43 November 29, 2012 by RobinHood
@sebastian

I'm sorry to say a Novus /TV4 poll announced today put the SD's on 8.4 percent. 2.1 percent higher than Novus last poll figure taken in October. At least that's what the Local reported this morning.

It's only one poll, but it's a really wierd result. As you say, these recent shenanigens should have crushed them. Maybe other polls over the next few days will be more in line with expectations. If they aren't, what is going on?
23:42 November 29, 2012 by Enjoyourlife
Hahaha this party is really fun. it seems all its members need serious mental help.
00:58 November 30, 2012 by SebastianLJ
@RobinHood: I'm talking about the Sifo and Demoskop polls, which "The Local" usually reports on.

I'm studying in Finland, which has the True Finns party. The True Finns have been flagging in the most recent polls because of gaffes much less severe than the SD's. The party had a poor showing during the recent municipal elections. (The party gained only 12% of city council seats compared the 16% they were bombastically aiming for.) They will lose seats in upcoming elections if this is a trend.

Expect the SD to lose some or all of the voters it gained over the last year, before the scandals broke. The only people supporting the SD may only be its more loyal voters, and some of those may even bail because of Jimmie Akesson's handling of these situations.
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