My present frame of mind:
We great man!
My better half says that as people get older the good parts can become stronger and so can the not so good parts of the human being. So,if in your younger days you were the omniscient besserwisser type and fond of lording it over others, by the time you’re three score years and ten you could have become quite insufferable. Just got to thinking of these facts of life in relation to Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal has granted many interviews in his time – in fact just a few days ago I read his Screening History from 1992 ( The Prince and the Pauper/Fire Over England/Lincoln) – I don’t know how this little book came to be in my possession, but the most recent stunning interview of him is this one : The End of Gore Vidal which I came across in the USA-Africa dialogue series on the last day of last year.
I can only imagine your frame of mind after that Gore Vidal interview. Now I’m in a new state of mind
I just saw our prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on CNN, talking to Richard Quest at the Davos World Economic Forum 2013 about the different pace of progress for the multi-speed 27 member states of the European Union. We (Sweden) are of course in the fast lane.
As far as internal/ domestic affairs go – there’s going to be the inevitable rise in unemployment figures – something like 25% in Spain just now – Spain is worst hit – and overall over 40% youth unemployment in the European Union. Whatever the figures are in Sweden such figures favour Stefan Löfven, Mr. Metal – since his election plans target young voters in a very special way. Apart from Swedish Volvo’s recent selling of their birthrights to China, unemployment remains one of the main domestic concerns, since unemployment affects nearly all families, one way or the other – just as education policies definitely affect almost every family in Sweden.
Stefan Löfven probably intends to win over the dead bodies of the Centre Party and the unresurrected Christian Democrats, two hitherto very important partners of the governing Alliance. Couple unemployment with any further laxity on immigration – in the popular mind of working class Sweden – and there you have it : the Sweden Democrats will be king makers after the 2014 elections after polling in excess of 12% – still a conservative estimate – as a result of which if neither Reinfeldt & remaining partners nor Löfven & partners win an outright majority, meaning that we will be saddled with a minority government, since none of them is in any hurry to tackle Swedish problems with Sweden Democrats on their side or by their side. In the horse-trading that might follow the 2014 elections, neither Mr. Reinfeldt nor Mr. Löfven might be willing to award the portfolio of the Ministry of Immigration to their neighbour, Brother Jimmie Åkesson - as a necessary condition for his being a part of any future government of Sweden.
It’s a dangerous world alright – just look at what’s happening in Mali and some really alarming talk of GLOBAL JIHAD and make no mistake about it, there are signs of this everywhere – which for the time being is none of our business apart from that lukewarm reminder / wakeup call by Taimour Abdulwahab in that lone incident of terror on Drottninggatan. Right on our doorstep that firecracker fizzed out, as a result of which there was so much excitement, as if it was the beginning of a local terrorism division/local Jihad
Foreign policy is not an important factor in Swedish elections since Sweden does not have that much political or military or even economic clout in foreign affairs and moreover the political parties are more or less the same since the demise of Olof Palme – the upstart Urban Ahlin is fiery alright, he has more than enough of enthusiasm, sense of direction, solar power & chutzpah, so some fire is to be expected from him – aimed at his honourable friend, of course, his dinner mate Nils Daniel Carl Bildt, KCMG ( I hope that he doesn’t fire on Israel) but even there, he’s not any nearer to being a Palme than Dan Quayle was ever close to being interchangeable with Jack Kennedy.
It’s peaceful in Sweden, Sweden is a most peaceful country – not like the United States who are forever at war some place or other far from home, if not Korea then it’s Vietnam, Afghanistan, militarily weak countries like Saddam’s Iraq. They’ve now got female combatants in their military – all ready for action, they want to kick some ass too – next on the agenda probably I-ran, which will not be as easy a walkover – all that Persian pride and Revolutionary Islamic dignity and zeal which will probably mean another 70 ,000 Iranian refugees arriving at Arlanda or through Iraq, Jordan, Turkey via Malmö to Sweden’s larger cities, Göteborg and Stockholm,Umeå and Uppsala ( to study)
This is what always happens – when there’s any kind of revolution, Islamic, Marxist or otherwise in any of those kind of places – it’s the petty-bourgeoisie who are the first to grab their money and run ( I-ran) – usually to where their loot is stashed abroad, so the first port of call is usually London – the financial capital of the world – followed by places in the US, France, Germany. In the near future we are to suppose more will be arriving in China and Japan and fewer of them landing in Moder Svea ( in the long run good for the Swedish economy since they come with some cash in hand and they are probably also good for the surplus of Swedish women – and men, since, unlike in Iran where it’s the death penalty for homosxuality, man-to-man and woman-to-woman is halal here in Mama Svea, our Sweden, although from the current Swedish government’s latest directives there’s a sharpening of the requirements that will determine the granting of asylum on those grounds
And what has all this got to do with how Stefan Löfven plans to win the 2014 elections?
We will soon get to those plans …
( To be continued on Tuesday)
Until then, Jim or Jimmie, if it’s defence you have in mind, here’s something to chew on :
More serious news:
The Onion – America’s Finest News Source – and why not ?