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Lars Ohly turns down royal wedding invite

TT/The Local · 14 Apr 2010, 08:34

Published: 14 Apr 2010 08:34 GMT+02:00

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"Thank you very much for the invitation that I have received, but I do not feel like a close relative and am opposed to the monarchy as an institution. Therefore, I think it would be wrong for me to participate," said Ohly to news agency TT.

The Left Party has no plans to send a gift to the bride and groom.

"But we wish them every success and hope that they will be happy in life," he said.

The royal invitations were sent out this week.

Ohly is set to be alone among the opposition leaders in taking a stand against the monarchy. Green Party spokespeople Maria Wetterstrand and Peter Eriksson will both accept the invite to attend the various ceremonies, as well as Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin.

Sahlin has said on several occasions that it would be her pleasure to attend the wedding.

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Despite the fact that the abolition of the monarchy is, and always has been, a core requirement in the Social Democratic party manifesto, the party also decided to send a wedding gift - a standing subscription to the Folkoperan opera house.

Sahlin has defended the party's principled position but has concluded that public support for the monarchy supersedes party objections.

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09:48 April 14, 2010 by peropaco
Good for you Ohly and it shows we can still find some Swedes with ḥuṣpâ. Not the same for two face chinless Monkey Sahlin and her compromised principles.
09:52 April 14, 2010 by krow
Ohly should be happy he was invited. Anyway, your views are not counted anyway.
11:02 April 14, 2010 by cbeynch
This is an outrage! As a Swede one does not decline such an invitation to a Royal wedding. I think this piece of useless trash Ohly should renounce his Swedish citizenship. Perhaps he feels more at home in a communist dictatorship, like the the Soviet Union. Shame on him!
11:17 April 14, 2010 by skatsouf
the man has guts and stands by his principles, that's all

he would be inconsistent in case he did show up to that wedding since they are not his friends or relatives either
11:54 April 14, 2010 by peropaco
Royals Schmoyals. He doesn't agree with the blood sucking vampires taking the money from the people so why should he participate in this farce? BTW, the Soviet Union ended 20 years ago. If you want to be a proletariat good for you but please remember they are other people who do not buy into the collective single mind thinking bullshait. Puss och kram.
12:07 April 14, 2010 by soultraveler3
Good for him, the world needs more politicians that acutally stand up for what are supposed to be their parties political ideals. He should be seen as an example of what politicians worldwide should be. Politicians far too often forget that people voted them into their positions in the belief / hope that certain principles and views would be upheld.

/cheers Ohly!
12:33 April 14, 2010 by Angusthefirst
Here we go again, if someone doesn't believe in inherited priviledge and wasting taxpayers maoney on an already rich family they should move to "the soviet union" ignoring the many successful countries in the world that elect their head of state (such as cbeynch above postured).

For the last time, believing in a democratically elected head of state instead of one born into the role does not make one "communist." One of the most prominent royal worshippers who frequent these pages, a certain Kevin Harris, even said on another article that those who believed in a democratically elected head of state were subscribing to a "crackpot theory."

It's a sad day when those advocating what is the fairest and most logical way to appoint a head of state get labelled as commies and crackpots. Only in Sweden, the land that Royals cannot be scrutinised.....
12:43 April 14, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Let's hear from Malcolmt Angus.
13:05 April 14, 2010 by I Groncour
At least it's impolite. If you get an invitation to someone's wedding, you don't reply "You're not my friends, and I don't like the way your father got his job." Sahlin is pragmatic. Ohly is dogmatic.
13:30 April 14, 2010 by malcolmt
Kevin Harris,

As mentioned, don't care much for the monarchy either way (my religious belief is scouse :), it just struck me as one of those strange things where a young lad like yourself was so conservative and had the same views as my old gran, you had to get called on it. Obviously hit a nerve with you but don't worry, you could do worse than be compared to her, she's a nice old lady really.

Stop worrying about me and the other fella being the same person , ask yourself, "are you my gran in disguise?" and have a saying from an old favourite of mine Oscar Wilde in mind "There is nothing worse than a young conservative." Live a little lad, you're old before your time!
13:43 April 14, 2010 by Kevin Harris
It is curious that Malcolmt, last active at the Local on 12 March, should monitor this forum so closely today. You gave yourself away again Angus. How incredibly sad.
13:44 April 14, 2010 by malcolmt
One thing I will say for this Lars Ohly fella though is that now I've looked him up I saw he's a lifelong Liverpool supporter so he can't be too bad :)
15:06 April 14, 2010 by GLO
Im a Swedish American and would love to take his invite. Any reason to come to Sweden. WOW !!!!what a lifetime opportunity. Congrats to the future Queen. Hey.. Its part of History.....
15:08 April 14, 2010 by Globalnomad
Ah ... Socialism 101. Go get 'em Lars !
15:23 April 14, 2010 by malcolmt
Kevin Harris,

Nothing like that, always monitor articles on the local when at work: especially royal related article on the Local, great banter usually.

Don't give up your day job detective. Sherlock Holmes you ain't!
15:47 April 14, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
On the forthcoming occasion of the Royal Wedding between King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia of Sweden's Princess Victoria ( the Crown Princess of Sweden) and Daniel Westling, her Prince Charming, we wish nothing less than the Blessings of God, the Almighty.

Ohly's disposition (and I won't call it just cold-blooded Nordic arrogance and insipid de-naturalized stupidity, because he too has a right to feel free) although it causes me/us and some of the people called we to feel the first Swedish word I ever learned :ÅNGEST , as used here:


But more about this will be forthcoming in WE SWEDEN
15:55 April 14, 2010 by Angusthefirst
@ Kevin Harris

The only "sad" thing is that your royal-obsessed self thinks a democratically elected head of state is a "crackpot theory."

@ Cornelius Hamelberg

Are you speaking some strange aristocratic form of english that is impossible to understand because I sure as hell have no idea what your post is about. Please write english us commoners will get the gist of.
16:18 April 14, 2010 by skatsouf
people interested in what the Royals or other bon viveur celebrities do should get themselves a life
16:28 April 14, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Looka here Mr. Angust-the-first

or whatever your cheesy name is, so you are a plebeian just like me. Cool. I don't think that there's anything wrong with your head.

I'm no monkey man and I can understand what you said - so why can't you understand SIMPLE modern ENGLISH when you are trucking in an English language ( or even Swenglish) blog?And then you complain that folks are not the same You wanna rumble with me?

If so, you better not attribute your handicap and other short comings to me or to the Royal family. Pleeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now there's the story below of Benjamin Zephaniah ( Cool Rasta-man & Poet Laureate of INGA-LAND who REFUSED the MBE....


Now Mr. Caliban of the language TALIBAN you could care to check out his reasons for doing so - this is all quite different from refusing a polite RSVP invitation to a Royal Wedding, from the earthly king of our country SWEDEN!!!!!!!

Check it out:

17:32 April 14, 2010 by Angusthefirst
@ Cornelius Hamelberg

Still don't understand.... maybe it's just me. Anyway, don't want to rumble with you, was just (and still am) confused that's all.
17:56 April 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
We have "royal figureheads" in the U.S. who leach off the taxpayers and perform no noticeable function. We call them Senators and Congressmen.
18:45 April 14, 2010 by foxpur
Just a note: royal or not, they ARE getting married, so backing out because they have a title is rather stupid, the event is a famous couple tying the knot. That is what is SUPPOSED to be celebrated.
19:08 April 14, 2010 by seychelle_18
The movie Sherlock Holmes is really boring. It takes me a lot of willpower to fight my sleepiness. I even heard my friend beside me snoring.... zzZZZZzzzzZZZZZZZ
21:04 April 14, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg

I'm not sure how wise or unwise it is of you to not want to go for the rumble-in-the- jungle with yours truly, i.e. me.

I 'm one of many who sang Happy Birthday to His Majesty outside the Royal Palace on his 60th Birthday.

This is my position on the issue and if you want further clarification, in even more simple English, please don't hesitate to ask me and I'll do my best to make it understandable to not only you.

In Britain people sing, "God Save the Queen" - and at Hyde Party Corner, where the word is free (in any kind of English - even in Swedish or Portuguese) you don't mess with the House of Windsor - someone could call the Police and have you arrested.

Apart from Sweden's, there are and have been other honourable Royal Houses in this world - alphabetically, such as those of Ethiopia, Great Britain, Holland, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tonga, to name just a few. I don't know whether or not Lars Ohly's reservation about the monarchy is limited to only Sweden's - and whether or not as Prime Minister of Sweden (heaven forbid) he would insult the Royal Houses of say, Japan and Thailand if he were to be courteously invited to the Royal Weddings of their Crown Princesses and proffer id the same lame social principle or similar reasons/ excuses. It would certainly not bode well for friendly international relations.

He probably wouldn't like to have the pleasure of the company of the very aware and perspicacious young, lady Princess Victoria at a Nobel banquet. Poor Ohly. Not so holy…

My late Father -in-law Mr. Karl Kilbom (once leader of the Swedish Communist Party - later on a Social Democrat and a member of the Swedish Parliament for a period of 17 years) received the 8th grade medal of His Majesty the King of Sweden , as did Mr. Ference Göndor a couple of years ago. To me, this implies that he did not believe in the destruction or dismantling of the Swedish Monarchy, since if he did believe that, he would not have gratefully accepted the medal. If I am wrong about this you or someone else who fully understand what I just said could please correct me.


In the case of Benjamin Zephaniah (Poet Laureate of No -Man's-Land) we have the example of a man not accepting an OBE - for ideological - could be Marxist - reasons and because - emotionally he did not feel or was failing to feel any gratefulness about the existence of the British Empire which during the time of Queen Victoria was so extensive that it was described as the empire on which the sun never set.

I have every reason to suppose that Walter Rodney would have refused a similar decoration form Her Majesty Elizabeth II for very similar reasons - and retain his integrity.

Check it out:

21:20 April 14, 2010 by silly t
Lars has made his point. 80 million Kronor so far in a royal wedding is wasteful spending in modern 'good governance'. Hard earned tax payers money.
22:46 April 14, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Be serious! 80 million Kronor is nothing - or next to nothing - I know a governor in Nigeria who spent just around that sum to bury his mother (in 1981) and when some people made the same kind of noise you are now making, he asked them, " So you don't want me to respect and honour MY MOTHER???"

On another note : I'm sorry about a misspelling - please excuse me :


00:06 April 15, 2010 by americanska
This is classic. The only wealth that Swedish people don't despise is that which is not earned.

If there was a Billionaire business man spending this on a wedding I would imagine comments on the local like this...... "what a selfish evil bastard, he should give back the money he stole from his workers"
01:27 April 15, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
it's a shame really and we're not talking about the billions that have been sometimes wasted on Foreign Aid - or the investigation of Olof Palme's assassination having cost the tax payers in excess of 350 million Swedish crowns so far - or of the good work that the Royal Family is doing, not just in terms of International PR - but also in aiding the winning of contracts in places like Saudi Arabia and Brazil - it's called Royal Clout.

A better link for FERENC GÖNDÖR who received the medal from His Majesty ( a few days before Purim) - and we saw his face lit up by the Chanukiya at Kunsträdgården, that year, 2005)


08:01 April 15, 2010 by Nordic Prince
Good for him, He stands by his principles !
11:56 April 15, 2010 by flintis
@nordic Prince or is it nordic pratt.

Ohly's a communist his principles are? oh yes I remember, the soviet priciple, 2 classes those with everything & those with nothing, communist priciples.
14:27 April 15, 2010 by Nordic Prince

Frankly, I didn't like what he (Lars Ohly) did!


At the end of the day, our Sverige is the land of freedom and everyone is entitle to do whatever suits him or her AS LONG AS S/HE DOESN'T hurt others.

Which means: come on... The man (Lars Ohly) has fundamental disagreements with them. Therefore, I truly feel that he has the right to say 'NO' without being blamed.
15:53 April 15, 2010 by leiiel
wow - how bizarre, how interesting! it is truly beyond my understanding why people idolize royals... jeez remember that article about how the poor old swedish people were gonna start having their coffee rationed because of budget cuts? what kind of person uses money for a pompess wedding while little old people suffering who knows what can't even receive comfort in a second cup of stupid coffee. shame, shame, shame on you! go sing to the old people, cornelius! they would probably appreciate more. shame, shame, shame, infinity!

p.s. someone posted that the wedding should be attended bc it's famous people? what kind of stupid logic is that? should we all turn out for charles manson's nuptials? ......

logic. ohhh logic. here, logic. here, logic. logic? where are you boy?
19:40 April 15, 2010 by wenddiver
Oh how awful Princess, the boring old Leftist won't be able to come, I was so looking forward to seeing his splochy old carcass amongst the millions of well wishers.

I khow darling I was so looking forward to being verbally assaulted about how the Monarchy isn't doing enough to turn the country into an Islamic hell or the importance of giving money to crack heads on my wedding day.

Maybe we could invite him over to the Castle on a day when we and the rest of the country are away, so our existence and the will of the Swedish people doesn't insult him.

Great idea, Luvy, we could have all the decrepit old Soviet tools over and thank them for wrecking the economy, bringing in all the criminals from the middle east, taxing the hell out of the peasants and establishing trashy sexual morals.

Yes, they do a lot and like most malcontents don't get the recognitoion they crave. Since we aren't going to be here, maybe that would be a good day to invite Tiger Woods and family and Paul Anaca and wife.

You are so smart lovey, lets have those midgets who bought Volvo over too.

The Chinese Communists?

Yes, that way we won't have to watch the Americans crash the party un-invited and drink up all the cheap alcohol while hitting on the servants.
11:59 April 16, 2010 by rumcajs
I don't realy have tooooo much againts them (the monarchy), and I don't hate them either, but the ultra rights are funny. I thought you were againts feeding lazy people with your taxes. :)
12:38 April 16, 2010 by flintis
@Nordic prince,

Nothing against what he did saves the taxpayer some money.


If that anorexic Anka womens gonna be there i'll give it a miss.

Did the commies bring in all the crims from the middle east? I thought it was migrationsverket ;-/
22:33 April 16, 2010 by wenddiver
@Flintis- Mirationsverket and Commies same thing. The only real imigration policy a country needs are Large border Patrol Agents, with bad attitudes facing outward with weapons. : )

Anka will only be invited at the Paryt for old Leftists, Tiger Woods and Wife, the Chinese and other F-tards. Granted she's not as awful as the rest, but what can she do.
19:38 April 17, 2010 by injusticeworld
He has his own choice to do .. so relax people even the king and his family are not mad like you ...
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