My peaceful morning was marred when Dagens Nyheter finally arrived this morning and I took in the front page headlines that Prime Minister Reinfeldt’s speech about us opening our hearts has had “no effect” on the Alliance’s popularity according to the opinion polls.
What has Mr. Reinfeldt said to merit no effect? It’s amazing that his appeal to our sense of compassion/empathy/ solidarity has had no effect – although he did not preface his appeal with something like
“You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome…”
Cheer up everybody, today, fifty one years ago on the 28th of August the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a Dream” to the over 200,000 Civil Rights demonstrators who had marched with him to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The Martin Luther King spirit will be surveying the dark things that are happening in Ferguson, Missouri right now.
I feel that it’s the same “open your hearts” spirit that was speaking through our PM Fredrik Reinfeldt and although the opinion polls remain constant, the reality of our prime minister’s appeal will surely sink into our hearts a little further, as we watch the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq and Syria.
Faith in prophecy yes, but all this yada yada about Gaza does not increase one’s optimism about the immediate future.
Back in time: It’s gonna take a miracle
Things are moving so fast now that it’s difficult to keep abreast of events. Yesterday’s news gets so rapidly outdated whether it’s about School Reform, Health Care or the Unemployment Figures, with the army of the unemployed so steadily on the rise.
Let’s give another round of applause for the next slew of desperate election promises (like the traditional Swedish Christmas Ham) this time with the party leaders acting like Santa Claus and asking the electorate what they would like for Christmas. What is next on the agenda? A Free garage for everyone who wants to park his car? Free Viagra for the old lechers? Zero taxation for pensioners? A doubling of student loans repayable without interest?
This is what I’m listening to right now: Boogie Stupid
If the Alliance kicks the bucket this election the post mortem report will begin like this: That they did too little, too late. After sitting in power for eight years why did they wait till such a late date to be taking out new promises? What had they been doing all this time? And then a question that could haunt them forever: Would things have turned out better if Anders Borg had been elected party leader to lead the party to a third term? But it’s not just the Moderate Party that is suffering at the opinion polls – if they’re not careful their Alliance Partners, the Christian Democrats and the Centre Party could be deserted for the Greens, thrown into the dustbin, left in the lurch…
I’m not a racist and considering my humble background, I hope that saying out loud that in my opinion Jimmie Åkesson & the SD have given us some reasonable budget proposals does not make me a xenophobe in the eyes of those who ought to know better.
The prissy Polonius advised, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” and someone else said, that “gambling is a way of buying hope on credit”, however, for those who want to try their luck at making money at Ladbrokes about the Swedish Elections, the news is that the odds have changed but as they say about every election in the US, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” – and this applies to Little America too. All the Alliance can do – short of singing “We shall overcome” at Rinkeby with Birgit Friggebo is to pray for a good wind in their sails the remaining days in the countdown to the Armageddon and their uncertain fate
It’s the countdown to 9-14. Seventeen days to go. Between now and then we will begin to see pouches and bags under the eyes of some of our politicians – bags of worry, bags caused by sleepless nights worrying about the future, since some of them will have to report to the unemployment office or in any case be looking for a new job, if they don’t make it to Parliament due to the people’s verdict on 9-14 (not to be confused with 419)