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Breaking news: Löfven, Lööf, Sweden Democrats

September 18th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The Scots are out in full force! We won’t know until tomorrow morning, but the whisky will continue to flow all night – then we will know with either joy or sorrow.

What we do know at this stage is that the Scots take money matters very seriously.

The breaking news is about Sweden

It’s all in the updates (the Swedish newspapers on the web are updated with the latest, constantly, throughout the day – and night):

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

SVT Text

Breaking News 1 : Swedish Social Democrat leader asked to form government

Satisfied with Mr Löfven’s preliminary investigations into whether or not he thinks that he has enough parliamentary support to form the next government the speaker of the Swedish parliament has now given him the task of going ahead with that mission “of looking into the conditions for building a government of the Social Democrats and Green Party” and reporting back to him by noon on Friday, 26th September…

Breaking News 2
: How is the romance and or wooing going? (I can’t help thinking of the emotional chemistry between Ted Heath and Margret Thatcher

But this is something different, perhaps worse:

Lööf laughs off Löfven’s ‘comical’ advances

Annie Lööf has made herself absolutely clear in the TV programme Good Morning Sweden: She will not be part of a Social Democrat government coalition, and moreover she will NOT give an ounce of support for Mr. Löfven’s budget. This she says is because the Social Democrat budget is based on all that she and her party have fought against, such as the tripling of employer’s fees, the tax on trucks, greatly increased tax on petrol/ gasoline, doubling the restaurant VAT and RUT deductions and she cannot support such a budget proposal. Queen Annie has spoken and for the time being it does not seem that Mr. Löfven has the magic key with which to open her heart or to get her to change her mind.

Breaking news 3 is a scandal. It is all about principle: You can say what you like about the Sweden Democrats but they are a legal political party and in fact the Swedish people’s third largest party in the Swedish Parliament and are therefore entitled to supply the Swedish Parliament with a speaker,

a Sweden Democrat speaker of the Swedish parliament.

The Left’s Mr Sjöstedt doesn’t like this, but the New Moderate Party’s parliamentary group leader Anna Kinberg Batra and her Alliance companions think that the Swedish Parliament must respect and be faithful to the parliamentary tradition. (Is it possible that at some future date, should the SD become Sweden’s largest party in parliament, some people might have similar objections to appointing Jimmie Åkesson prime minister?

The Sweden Democrats now know who their friends are and those who are most hostile to them and will probably remember this when it is time to vote for the budget, although Mr. Åkesson has said that no one is in a hurry for a new election. There too he is not only being cautious: if there is a new election some will do even worse than they have done now…

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Thursday 18th September, 2014-09-18

September 18th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The polls open at 7 a.m.

Local discussions

Ha’aretz weighs in on the issue : The implications of an independent Scotland

As the man said, open you hearts. (Talking about intense nationalism

All God’s Children Got a Home in the Universe

Good news Sweden: It’s unlikely that the Löfven government (when it eventually takes shape) will be toppled in December. They’re going to pass that budget. Löfven and Sjöstedt probably had their peace dinner and a glass of wine this evening and are laughing merrily again, like old friends.

The departure of Mr Reinfeldt as leader of the resistance and especially the resignation of his minister of finance from politics won’t stand in the way of passing that budget – even if the Sweden Democrats hate the cost of maintaining the current levels of immigration. Since they (the Sweden Democrats) say that when it comes to the budget, they would be likely to vote for the lesser of two evils – and it’s clear that since the day that Prime Minister Reinfeldt appealed to the Swedish nation to open their hearts for immigrants and refugees, the prime minister became the Sweden Democrats’ enemy number one and that it is this their hatred for Mr Reinfeldt that makes Mr. Löfven the lesser of two evils in their eyes (less of a humanitarian love-bird and therefore less expensive) – although the Sweden Democrats have usually supported the Alliance’s budget propositions in parliament.

And then there’s Mr Sjöstedt who insists that the services that are provided for settling immigrants refugees should not do “profit making“… and talking about “expensive“, his motto is that certain aspects of the welfare apparatus are “not for sale!”. However, it is not clear whether that means footing the bill for the refugee intake becomes less expensive when services are “not for sale


We’ve almost got immune to the media vituperations of Islam and lack of Muslim leadership, as if all we have to do is to wait for the next round of suicide bomber to confirm the worst.

Do these terrorists really believe that they will be rewarded with paradise and 72 virgins each, for all of their atrocities?

Good news Nigeria and Islam in Nigeria:

A force for good: The new Emir of Kano, Nigeria, Muhammad Sanusi II speaks

A reformist voice : AbdoulKarim al Soroush

Kahil el’Zabar

Inyoni Iya Phapha

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Annie Lööf

September 17th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Queen Annie

At this stage of latest developments in the void (tomt plats) created by the Great Fredrik’s mournful tones of no regrets as the dramatic, mournful tones of voluntary self-dismissal echoed with disbelief, in our ears, and in quick dramatic succession, following faithfully, at his heels, his ex-pony tail lap dog Anders Borg, so recently renowned as the EU’s best minister of finance, the man that many thought was the Great Fredrik’s crown prince, the heir apparent and now, so suddenly, the announcement that both of them are washing their hands off party politics, maybe for all eternity.

Some of the cruel ones will say that after defeat , when the party was down and at its moment of greatest need,they ran away from the leadership scene with their tails between their legs.

They couldn’t take it no moe.

Defeat? After all these years of doing their best?

(After the final party leaders debate, asked about what he thought Fredrik the Great’s Alliance had achieved so far, Herr Löfven was brief : “As everybody can see”, he said, “unemployment has gone up and the standard of education in Sweden, has gone down“)

They resigned. They were exhausted, they had given it all they’ve got. Time to rest.

But not the oars…

For the former leader of the Moderate Party Ulf Adelsohn it is now a political crisis situation for both the country and the Moderate Party and therefore also a crisis for the Alliance to be leaderless, and this he explains so clearly in his article in today’s DN :

A big mistake of Reinfeldt to leave Sweden without an alternative

And so, in the absence of any voluble leader of what’s left of the Alliance (formal or informal), it’s breaking news : Annie Lööf has taken over as Queen Annie. As the leader of the Alliance’s most successful party this election and you can tell by the smile on her face and what she’s saying, that what she says goes…

She may still be feeling a little peeved about what happened the other night when Mr Löfven snubbed her, said that he had already read the document she was waving in his face, more than ten times over more than she had. But now Iron Man Stefan must be wooing her full time, with his Social Democratic rose…

At this stage of the page she has promised full cooperation with Mr Löfven’s budget proposals. She has promised that she will not torpedo him.

And that is the present state of the romance. Tomorrow, who knows, it will have got a little further, as the saying goes, “slowly, slowly catchy monkey.”

Of course, if yours truly was in Iron man’s shoes, at this stage he would be holding her feet, saluting her and addressing her as “Your Majesty” and singing for that piece of budget cheese…

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Tomorrow: Scotland decides

September 17th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Auld Lang Syne,

Scottish Independence, will it be yes or will it be no?

So far, the following Scots have been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom:

George Hamilton Gordon
Ramsay Macdonald
Lord Arthur James Balfour (The Palestine-ians don’t like him)
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Harold Macmillan
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Tony Blair
Gordon Brown

Famous Scots

Scotland – Scandinavia

Yes or no ?

Scotland independence referendum: What a Yes vote would mean – the experts’ view

Whilst Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II says that she is above politics, Prime Minister Cameron has repeatedly told the Scots that if they vote yes, they can never return to the “family of nations” (The UK)

There is the proximity (good neighbourliness) there’s the over three hundred years marriage to the United Kingdom. On the emotional level the vote should be a resounding Yes, but with so many uncertainties especially in the economic sphere, with ” if unsure, don’t” as a rule of thumb, the pessimists say that it would seem that the NO side will prevail, narrowly (by 3%)

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I väntan på besked – waiting for word about who is going to be who in the new government.

September 16th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Lessons for leadership : GREATNESS is humility (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)

Good news

not good news

More bad news

On Scottish Independence : Mark Steyn : Kingdom Come, Kingdom Go

Cameron urges Scotland not to rip apart “family of nations”


Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

SVT Text

Frontpage Magazine

# Information Clearing

# Real Clear World

World Newspapers

Global Research

Waiting for Godot about who is going to be who in the new government.

I’ve been searching

The elections have come and gone.
The election has been lost and won.

But we still don’t know if we’re going to have a government or not.

The Sweden Democrats must have also stolen a few votes from Stefan Löfven and that’s why he only got 31% of the Swedish people voting for him, and he knows that 31% is not enough to form a good government or enough to qualify him to face the joint wrath of The Alliance & The Sweden Democrats in the Riksdagen. He needs reinforcements. Who is willing to try?

So he’s walking hand in hand with Gustav Fridolin and Åsa Romson,but what’s that? What does that amount to? That makes them only 38% – not enough to face the collected & collective wrath of the opposition – still licking their wounds after suffering such a humiliating defeat and though they may be temporarily dispersed and in disarray they will soon be re-forming and taking their firing positions, hell-bent on revenge. They intend to make things difficult for Mr Löfven, the Champion & his party.(Even if The Great Fredrik was the first to congratulate with “lycka till” ( “Good luck”) – and he wasn’t talking to the president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan (how does one wish him good luck and avoid the double loaded gun or pun?)

Even as I write, what’s left of the Alliance partners – those still in the Alliance are rolling up their sleeves and getting ready to head-butt, bust and block, dismember, cripple and maim – wreck whatever may be the contents of Mr. Löfven’s goodhearted budget proposals. With Iron man Löfven only standing at 38% I’m sure that The Great Fredrik is relaxing with the soothing thought and saying this time not about Russian capability but the capability of the Social Democrats and it must be a consolation to believe that “Stefan Löfven lacks the capability to pass a budget !”

Hadn’t the Great Fredrik been telling him not to count on the likes of Sjöstedt for “the great majority”? And now he sees the light.

From the debris and the bitter taste of the ashes the Alliance will rise again even if the air is rife with rumours of the possible defections and of Mr. Bjöklund’s party in particular as being too much in a spirit of co-operation, almost being in bed with Mr. Löfven and the Social Democrats, to help them in this hour of crisis – to build a stable and long-lasting government for the betterment of our country.

The Liberals are not the only feasible defection ( all in the spirit of cooperation & unity of purpose of course (the betterment of Sverige.

Poor Sjöstedt.

They wouldn’t let him into the bunker. On the price tag he must have been wearing his “Not for Sale” emblem and Metal’s Löfven wasn’t buying. As we say in Swedish,” i princip” ( in principle, on principle, sometimes….So help me God.

If Sjöstedt had his way ( in partnership with the Social Democrats) he would like to be the driving force that ensures that the Löfven government is going to reverse/roll back the spate of privatisations carried through by the New Moderates and their Alliance partners between 2006 and 2014…

Political pundits say that by blocking Jonas Sjöstedt’s entry into the cathedral , he is leaving the door open for possible defectors from the Alliance – defectors whose main condition is that on no account do they want to be part of a government which includes a lefty like J.Sjöstedt or his party…

On or off the campaign trail in the US you hear politicians and state officials even basket ball players saying it all the time, ” GOD BLESS AMERICA!” . In Sweden we are not that religious or sentimental…

An interesting article from the Culture pages of DN : Bengt Ohlsson :

Our Stories about Sweden

Thinking of God’s children, ladies and gentlemen, our brothers and sisters, the Sweden Democrats.

Blue is the colour

Kind of blue

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The elections are over and the winner is Jimmie Åkesson

September 15th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

King Jimmie !

He’s waiting for some a’them to be crawling over to him on their hands and bended knees, to pay homage and to say p-l-e-a-s-e, are we not your brothers and sisters? Have mercy…( Some athem might even do that, in stealth by night…

You can say what you like about the Sweden Democrats (a legal party, law-abiding – and therefore not breaking any Swedish law).

In a nutshell, what can be said is that after months of struggle, Jimmie Åkesson is now singing and dancing to Magic Sam’s I feel so good

Jimmie & Annie.com

Surprisingly (I was surprised) that Småföretagarnas Annie Lööf has also done quite well – considering that just six months ago, according to the opinion polls her Centre Party was falling apart and hovering just below the 4% line of extinction – and still smiling (like a Cheshire cat) – from that to being the leader of Sweden’s 4th largest party is no mean feat, Annie.

I would like to shake your hand…

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Swedish elections : Regime change but difficult days ahead in forming new government.

September 15th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The Swedish National Anthem

The Swedish Election Results

You won’t find the truth here, but the current truth is that Fredrik the Great Moderate has abdicated and if you don’t believe it then just listen to his concession speech which is both so forthright and so gracious and to Iron Man Löfven’s victory oration!

We must all admit that during his tenure of running with the baton, he served the nation as a great moderate and a great prime minister of Sweden and leader of the Alliance and will long be en-scrolled in all the good history books.

People saying this and people saying that, but as explained to me by a veteran political commentator, in the long run what it all boils down to is that after some time the Swedish people get tired of seeing the same old faces, day in day out, week after week, month after month and year after year, telling them where it’s at and telling them what to do. Eight years in the saddle, would seem too long, even for an African president and even more so for a Swede….

And as I predicted the Sweden Democrats will land at least 13% of the popular vote. And are now Sweden’s third biggest party.

This absurd parallel just suggested itself to me: that 13 % SD vote in Sweden is roughly the equivalent of the African American Population in the United States of America (13% of the US population)

And so I leave you with your own diagnoses, post- mortems, solemn promises and sombre conclusions..

( to be continued )

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14th September, the day has come, is finally here…

September 14th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg


Last night there were all kinds of little parties going on – this evening after the polling booths close, at the various party headquarters and at home, restaurants, hotels, pubs, most of the country will be on tenterhooks, watching TV as the results start coming in at 20.00 hrs. By midnight we will know the results….

Carl Bildt’s statesmanlike article in DN outlines his views on immigration and the Sweden Democrats.

The refugee problems have increased since Jimmie Åkesson was last in Jordan: increased refugee problems close to home

What is certain is that welfare can not only be restored, it must be reinvented – Nathan Hamelberg

I voted half an hour ago at a few minutes to three. As usual the various party representatives were all lined up and on the ready with their ballot papers outside the polling station, hoping that the next voter would pluck their ballot papers from them. There were no queues where I voted, a quick ID check, I did my duty, I cast my three ballots, one for parliament, one for the Stockholm District and one for the County Council…

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

SVT Text

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two days to go

September 12th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

no problem…


The big question

Five possible election outcomes

I haven’t voted yet, and it just occurred to me what if I pass away today?
And what if I voted yesterday and then I pass away today – will my vote count?
When will all the overseas votes be counted? How many overseas votes are there anyway?

All the Friday news just before Sunday’s election is in the main Swedish papers, Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter.

It is only at this late date that the DN headlines inform us that “Åkesson’s calculations about immigration are unrealistic” – that although Åkesson & SD would like to drastically reduce immigration to Sweden by 90%, this cannot be done without violating several international agreements requiring that Sweden accepts her share of refugees for example (and Sweden has been doing more than her share). It’s not that Jimmie Åkesson outrightly rejects PM Reinfeldt’s empathic request that we all open our hearts – Mr Åkesson would much prefer that Sweden does not import any more problems from the Middle East and other faraway places and that instead, Sweden should contribute financially to the settlement of refugees in refugee camps in the regions close to where the wars and persecution of the refugees is taking place. Mr Åkesson has made a study trip to some of the refugee camps to see for himself what can be done there, and he probably realises that Lebanon and Turkey are currently overwhelmed by the influx of refugees from Syria and Iraq and need a lot of international funding, to be able to cope with the current levels of refugees.

If immigration cannot be so severely reduced, then those voting for the SD party line are wasting their time and their votes, are they not?


Bankers fear that if Scotland goes, Britain could exit the EU

Middle East : I don’t know what you are seeing, but all we’ve been seeing the past decade is Muslims dying – the death toll now over 2 million killed during the last decade. In Iraq alone 1,455,590 Iraqis have already been killed since the US invasion of Iraq…

Turkey backs out of US-led war on IS. Germany, UK say no to air campaign


In the 2nd Congo War more than 5 million Africans have been killed.

The deadly Ebola threatens more lives in Africa

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11 September 2014

September 11th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Ki Tavo

Ki Tavo (topical insights)

Sweden: The survival of the fittest : Three days to death and resurrection. Not everybody will resurrect. Woody Allen says, “It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” It’s not only politicians who think in exactly the same way about whether they will be in power or not, when the dust finally settles down.

Dagens Nyheter./ The Daily News. gives the impression that the left’s Jonas-the-not-for-sale Sjöstedt has the Social Democrat’s Iron-man Stefan Löfven up against the wall and is pushing him hard, with Marxist rhetoric. He hasn’t gone for Mr. Löfven’s jugular yet, nor has Mr. Löfven seen fire flaring from Mr Sjöstedt’s nostrils, not yet, but he sure soon will, after the elections. Mr. Löfven knows this, that Sjöstedt is only making a little noise now (trying to show the undecided that he Sjöstedt is his own man) and will make a much greater noise later. Mr. Löfven is certain that Sjöstedt will be making a lot more noise – after the elections and trying to grab as much power and influence as possible when he (Sjöstedt) ultimately gets swallowed by the Red-Green coalition, if things go their way…

Scotland :

Balmoral Castle where Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II usually spends much of her summer vacation with Prince Philip (the Duke of Edinburgh) who is sometimes photographed decked out in his kilt),

there’s Robert Burns all that music, our whisky people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee and in this vale of tears, what they feel being Scottish means ahead of the Referendum.

David Cameron: “I would be heartbroken…


Obama and ISIS

Oscar Pistorius : Murder verdict ruled out (Pistorious cries when he hears this)

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