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The Sweden Democrats the King Makers have struck a deadly blow! Cheers!
It serves Mr Löfven right. I can’t understand Mr Löfven’s reasoning since it’s not backed by the laws of psychological probability. They treat the Sweden Democrats, Sweden’s third biggest party with utter contempt, ostracise them as if they are lepers in their own country (Sweden) and on top of all that expect the Sweden Democrats to robustly support their immigration budget. In my humble opinion that is an unreasonable expectation on the part of our prime minister.
Not Just Israel: Swedish Coalition Dissolves, Elections Called
Compared to the Globe and the dramatic theatre that’s often what happens at the British House of Commons and even the Lords, the Swedish Riksdag is usually a boring affair, but not yesterday and the master of ceremonies, Speaker Urban Ahlin himself was supremely cool. It’s all there on yesterday’s SVT Forum and hopefully the protocols will soon all be available on the website of the Swedish Parliament.In between listening to some flamenco music, I watched it all on TV.
Yesterday, it was the mother of all battles. Ah, Anna Kinberg Batra ! She was pungent, sharp, sometimes vicious, no love for the enemy, the master of the moment and a new definition of repartee. They say that to be a real poet you have to have a “vass tunga” – a sharp tongue. She’s got it – and so has her King David. Birds of the same feather. But there is a danger. The underdog syndrome. If you remember the match between Vad- säger-de?-Jag-hänger-inte-med Thörbjörn Fälldin and Olof Palme (painful to see) in which Palme annihilated Fälldin, gave him such an intellectual thrashing and then tap-danced in triumph over what remained of Fälldin’s dilapidated carcass/ corpse sprawled on the floor right in front of everybody – and the unforgiving Swedish public felt so sorry for Fälldin that they voted for him and he became our next prime minister…
Surely, the kind of battering that Batra started with yesterday, can’t go on, is not sustainable without her having to pay the price, because the Swedish, just like the British, have this sense of sympathy for the underdog, and in this case the underdog is the beleaguered Stefan Löfven and his very defensive Mary Magdalena. You are permitted to hit, but not too hard. I don’t feel sorry for Stefan Löfven himself – he was so sure of himself and replying to the Englishman’s question in yesterday’s press conference it was a very composed Mr. Löfven sounding more confidently American (not Swenglish) and naturally not imitatively more in charge of his pronunciation than either Carl Bildt or Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt.
Yesterday, as impressive as Batra was the young and passionate firebrand Erik Ullenhag that emerged on the podium. He is not old enough yet, but I’m sure that after Birgitta Ohlsson, in his time he will be the leading contender for leadership of the Folk Party.
The 15th is the Ides of March, and if all goes well, at the heart of a turbulent Middle East currently awash with weapons and controversy, new elections in Israel will take place on the 17th of March, 2015. Hamas says that it’s a triumph for them. Hamas Hails Coalition Collapse as ‘Victory‘
I wonder what they say about the collapse of Magdalena Anderson’s budget.
What I say is that yesterday I was feeling sorry for Magdalena; she was on the ropes, taking such a battering from Anna Kinberg Batra and she was only moments away from bursting into tears. I’ve never seen anything like it. I would have much preferred that Iron man Löfven himself had taken the battering by the well trained and exceptionally aggressive Anna Kinberg Batra.
And that was only the first round. There are many days ahead till the new doomsday deadline of Sunday, 22nd March of the next Happy New Year for Swedish Social Democracy and the Climate Change’s Milieu Party without the support of Jonas Sjöstedt and the merry men of the Left Party who look upon Löfven as a traitor. The way I look upon Snowden.
Who knows, if Mr. Löfven, “He who decides everything” comes back as The Power, he might even want to give Khaled Meshaal asylum, if he wants to come here, maybe set him up in Hallands län, as the new Halal Land.
I say “He who decides everything” because unlike the other countries like the UK, France, who have debated the matter of state of Palestine – and taken non-binding votes on the matter, in the case of our own Iron Man without any such parliamentary debate he was quick on the draw bypassing what is constitutional law and declaring that “Sweden” recognises state of Palestine. I don’t have any objection to anyone recognising the contours of the sun or the craters on moon which are both out there, up in the sky for all to see and you don’t have to convene parliament to discuss, negotiate or debate or vote on their existence…
#Abbas Shuts the Door to Negotiations with Israel#
There’s seldom any excitement about elections in that Middle East – elections, such as they are, the people may or may not decide but usually, come what may, elections come and go whilst monarchs, presidents and dictators, democratically elected or not, stay, or better said, stay put. In the bad old days Iraq’s strongman Saddam polled 99% of the popular vote, not that it can be said that those bad old days have now been replaced by better days, with ISIL at war and declaring an Islamic State within the borders of Iraq, Syria and the whole region, over which they propose to erect or better said restore what in their apocalyptic vision will be the resurrected caliphate
For now Löfven and Wallström don’t have to worry about the Black Flag being raised over Stockholm, Sweden any time soon, right now they have other worries at the front and the behind of their mind and I guess that the future of their state of Palestine is not one of their main concerns. They are still the government of Sweden but have not been able to get enough parliamentary support for their very first budget and so the first budget of the so called Palestinian Unity government of Fatah & their brothers-in-arms Hamas is something that the Palestinians and not their financial backers will have to decide.
Weeks and months before the elections Fredrik Reinfeldt had repeatedly asked Mr. Löfven, are you sure that you and your coalition partners are sufficiently on the same page to be able to even pass your first budget? Now we have the answer.
Much can happen between now and 22nd March. All possible manner of scandals can hit the SD and the Social Democrats before that date. The fate of the KD Christian Democrats is also uncertain. The media is going to play a crucial role in determining who wins the next elections. Ever since Mr. Reinfeldt resigned the media has been loaded against Mr Löfven. But I think that Mr Löfven has taken the best of all possible options by putting the budget on trial with the Swedish electorate as the judge. It’s a sort of referendum on the budget – not on the state of Palestine. All the Arabs etc. are going to vote for Mr Löfven of course, along with all the anti-Zionists and anti-Semites , plus all the pensioners who his budget proposals guarantee a better deal (a few extra crumbs in the pocket) whilst all the xenophobes are going to vote for the Sweden Democrats – and they have a lot of wind in their sails just now with the kinds of serious concerns and discussions on immigration taking place in the UK and France among other EU places…
Hopefully, the pre-elections discussions will focus on Immigration,
on the continuation and viability of the Swedish Model which is an inspiration to many and the future of the Swedish Welfare State
Good news: The various parties are more or less all in agreement about the defence budget. One more secret submarine visitation, especially after Putin’s “Remember lessons we taught Hitler” address to the Russian Nation, should have succeeded in putting the fear of Russian capability into the hearts of potential enemies, to the extent that it will be sky’s the limit and all of Sweden’s parties from the extreme right to extreme left will agree to whatever extra astronomical sums of money must go to Sweden’s defence capability…
One last little thing: Voter turnout. For those who intend to wait until the 22nd March to cast their ballot, it may all depend on the weather. As for me, in principle I do not go out when it is more than 20 degrees below zero but if the temperature on 22nd March this year is anything to go by then in most of Sweden we will be experiencing early Spring weather, there are those who will be sitting on the steps of the Concert House in Stockholm, eyes closed, faces turned towards heavens, the rest of us may be humming Here comes the sun and if we all survive this winter which in these unpredictable days of climate change could very well be a nuclear winter, I’ll probably be listening, humming, singing The Curragh Of Kildare and missing Bert Jansch…
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