Is the current Swedish government being accused of doing too little, too late?
These are exciting times! For some people it’s the Pesach season commemorating the liberation from slavery of the Jewish people. As for the descendants of the later day slaves who are currently demanding reparations, they have a right to shout and they should not forget that by the strong arm of the Almighty, when Israel left Egypt, Israel emptied Egypt of all its silver and its gold for having had to toil (rigorously) and sweat all day under the midday sun without getting paid for all their labour. So the people were empowered to take some material reparations with them. Meanwhile African-Americans are still singing this song
For some other people this is the sad season of remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus followed three days later by the joyful, triumphal Easter season of the resurrection and renewal – the beginning of the rites of spring!
For us in Sweden it’s now never a dull moment, we can shake off the sleep & dust from our eyes! There are those among the Christian Democrats who pray, and the opposition sayers of prayers and the Centre Party too must also be praying and in fact are in even greater need of prayers for their own resurrection in the opinion polls and for triumph/ victory (getting more than 5% of the popular vote) and not for annihilation and martyrdom and oblivion after the elections which are only five months away. Five. Like the five books of Moses. The five loaves of bread and two fishes. Excusez-moi – as St Matthew says in his gospel, “out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh!”
Sometimes the heart is heavy – Lisbet’s funeral is on Tuesday, everyday there’s Syria, and in Iraq, al-Qaeda wants to take Baghdad, vote-counting still going on in Afghanistan…
In the politics of Sweden, the issues are many:
There’s schools and education, issues in the Health is wealth Department, Taxation, Defence – and here we have a long history of foreign relations with Russia, there’s even the old Sweden – St. Petersburg relationship but today, 17th April, 2014, it looks like with an activist foreign minister like Carl Bildt Sweden is also increasingly becoming a part of the Baltic League (post- Hanseatic) and will be increasingly drawn into the Ukraine conflict – and- if we are not careful – Russia – might soon start seeing us a part of the Ukraine, the only essential difference between Sweden and Eastern Ukraine being that there is not a large Russian settler community here in Sweden (as there is in the West Bank, otherwise known as Judea and Samaria) and most importantly about Sweden’s defence is the test balloon that those who would like the Kingdom to join NATO are tossing up in the air, about NATO membership for Sweden. So what happened to our neutrality? The wind replies that at least 75% of those declared not clinically insane don’t want us to join NATO! Who knows, depending on the kind of government we get, in time to come there might even be a yes or no referendum about Sweden joining the United Stakes of America (full membership)
The race is on – the Prime Minister threw down the gauntlet when he fired the first shot declaring unemployment the main election issue in this upcoming do-or-die elections. Since then Mr Metal who is also well known as the Chief of Staff/ Commander-in-chief of the opposition has replied with some contempt for the prime minister’s failure to address their everlasting problem with unemployment and comes up with some proposals of his own.
The current Swedish government has yet to tackle the problem of underemployment. They are probably waiting for the next government to do that for them. Well, “Where there’s life there’s hope“ and “Where there’s a will there’s a way” – that’s what the English-speaking people say and the Swenglish-speaking people young and old, say it too (with some hope for the future)
Today, the combined forces of the Social Democrats’ shadow Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson and their parliamentary group leader the conscientiously eloquent Michael Damberg are pointing an accusing finger at what they see as the government’s prolonged ineptitude when it comes to addressing the problem of escalating youth unemployment, during these past eight years that the Alliance has been in office.
Andersson & Damberg’s pungent debate article: