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):
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:
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,
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…