The hard-hitting Mr. Metal Stefan Löfven strikes back at Fredik Reinfeldt. He says that it’s “a bluff unworthy of a Prime Minister” and that “Reality seems to be increasingly Fredrik Reinfeldt’s worst enemy”
In other words, Mr. Löfven is assuring us of his own sterling Prime Ministerial quality, is assuring us all that as Prime Minister, he would never sink so low and secondly that he himself will always face reality squarely and not deny, distort or become an enemy of reality, since that would not be worthy of him.
If we equate reality with truth, then in these political circumstances Mr. Löfven is perilously close to sounding a little like the South African bulldog, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, the main difference being that Mr Löfven has not come out, outright to accuse our Prime Minister (his prime minister and mine) of lying or of telling the most “transparent calumnies”
It’s easier to go on the attack when you are in the opposition. You can always ask this sitting government “Why is it only now that you are announcing some new measures? What have you been doing all this time? Why haven’t you accomplished any of this during the past eight years?”
It’s not only Prime Minister Reinfeldt’s record that’s on trial; it’s also the Prime Minister’s vision of the still unforeseeable future that Mr. Löfven says is at variance with reality. And so the Empire strikes back: In case you’re thinking “Which Empire” let me put it this way: Sweden’s Social Democracy is an institution, and a very established one at that. They have been Sweden’s government for most of the last century and right up to the first six years of this century, and true, “Power Sweet”, so they have been licking their wounds after the last two election defeats and are determined to displace the Alliance or face the very unpleasant reality of returning to the political wilderness/ the opposition benches for another four years only to watch the Alliance complete the next round of the privatisations that they started eight years ago
The leader of Sweden’s biggest Party, the Social Democrats gives some hitherto unknown facts – here he is in his own words making a strong case for being elected Sweden’s next prime minister in today’s Dagens Nyheter, in his debate article entitled:
in which he outlines a programme that should ensure that Sweden will have the lowest unemployment rate in Europe by 2020…
This morning I learned some new facts and also listened to the propaganda aspects to this very informative STV FORUM programme featuring Swedish Russian expert Stig Fredriksson (Part 4) and came to the conclusion that as Kiev, the EU, NATO and the United States and Sweden face and come to terms with the new realities being created on the ground in Ukraine, it seems more than likely that the Swedish Government’s response – joint exercises with NATO etc. – the media discussions about the pros and cons of Sweden joining NATO and – who knows – “a friend in need is a friend indeed” for which reason, in his zeal, activist Carl Bildt who says that he has “always been proud of his reputation for being anti-Soviet” might even want to dispatch or commit a Swedish battalion or two to help his folks in Kiev …. All this could have an impact on the coming elections. About the prospect of any Swedish military involvement in Ukraine – well it’s easy to begin a war, even one that will make the Balkans look like a picnic.
In my view the Eastern Ukraine should be permitted to hold their referendum and if they want a divorce from the criminals in Kiev, they should be granted one….