Till then I’ll be keeping an eye on the forum pages of the The Local,
keeping tabs on the latest developments right up to D-day, 14th September 2014 – if we will all still be alive by then.
I paid a courtesy call on the international section this afternoon to check the thermometer on the Ukraine crisis from the forum contributors point of view, got excited when I beheld the thread Now Eastern Ukraine Wants To Join Russia started by Model T. Ford. I was expecting some fireworks and conspiracy theory paranoia to rhyme with Ukrainia, but this time, there were no surprises, not even any mention of Kerry braying and carrying on about “international law” – just what I was looking for to be revisited by Noam Chomsky on just that score.
About Kerry braying, the lyrics of this song came to the son of man: “My burden is heavy”
As the Swedish elections approach one cannot help but remember – the special relationship between the good old days Social Democrats and Cuba – here I am thinking of the Pierre Schori era of Sweden’s relationship with Fidel’s Cuba
From the onset have wanted to refer to these three matters:
1. Ingvar Carlsson and his wish that Sweden should change its electoral system and some of the fallout as discussed in this article
The conclusion is that if Mr. Carlsson’s wishes were fulfilled it would eventually lead to Sweden becoming more like the United States, two-party system. Question: Is that good or bad?
2. Alf Svensson – a very special politician (and I do hope that I am entitled to my opinion), the one who stood and still stands out, head and shoulders above all the others when it comes to the special status of the family in Swedish economic and social politics. Maybe I’m a little biased, because in the year 1985 I studied the Bible regularly with one of the party members, Mr. Erlandsson at his home in Vasastan, along with some of the faithful from City Kyrkan and the other faithful that sometimes came from Jönköping for those sessions…
In yesterday’s Svenska Dagbladet we are informed that he has now retired from politics. What a loss to the party and to the people of Sweden ! The advice that he gives must be followed if the party is to survive the next elections. From all that I’ve seen of Göran Hägglund, the current leader of the Christian Democrats, he is a very likeable person and I hope that in the coming months of the jihad to win seats in the Swedish parliament he will succeed in transmitting some of the personal charisma and with it some of the family values on which Alf Svensson shone so much light. In my opinion being ”fishers of men” (and of women too) the party has to do more outreach – time is precious – the faithful flock of arch Christian Democrats will stay faithful till Jesus comes back, will never depart the party (especially not depart the KD for the SD ) and although some of the mixed-multitude are liable to do so – it’s not so much a matter of preaching to the already converted but winning new party loyalists and the fishing grounds should be the fishing grounds of all the other parties.
But what do I know about anything? Anyway, at this stage, I would like to do some canvassing on behalf of the Christian Democrats – it would be a crying shame that they should not retain their seats in the Swedish Parliament – and we should do everything possible, and pray – to avoid such a catastrophe.
3. The shocking news that The Conservatives have lost 240,000 voters to SD
Unfathomable! What kind of people are they? How would the 1,791,766 voters who voted for Conservatives in the 2010 election vote if elections were held today? The answer: 60.9 % would still vote for The Great Fredrik’s Party, and 13% of those who voted for the Prime Minister’s Party the last elections would now vote for the Sweden Democrats.
What does that tell you Watson?
That there’s a greater natural alliance between the Moderate Conservative Party and the Sweden Democrats – when it comes to the kinds of people who move from that party to the Sweden Democrats. Maybe an eventual Moderate Party-SD coalition? It does not suit your imagination?
I leave you to come to your other kinds of conclusions, dear Mr. Svensson and your personal values, Mr. Sjöstedt, Mr Christian Democrat and of course Mr Sweden Democrat.