Recent elections in Sweden offered results both interesting and entertaining. The headline from the Telegraph:
The far right? Sounds ominous. Probably just inadvertent editorial coloring though. Let’s see what the article says.
Sweden’s Social Democrats look set to reclaim power after eight years in opposition, as the far-Right(2) made historic gains in a general election that spells the demise of the coalition that has ruled the country since 2006.
As the results came in Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Prime Minister who has presided over a four-party centre-right coalition for the past eight years, conceded defeat. “We didn’t make it,” the 49-year-old leader of the Moderates party told supporters in Stockholm, adding he would hand in his resignation.
Projections show the Social Democrats, Greens and Left parties winning around 159 seats in the 349-seat parliament, short of a majority. However the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, with 48 seats, have become the third largest party in the Swedish parliament, reflecting the growing frustration among the 10 million strong population at liberal asylum rules that have resulted in a growing influx of refugees. Jimmie Aakesson, leader of the Democrats hailed the result. “We are the absolute kingmaker now,” he told supporters in Stockholm.
Stefan Löfven, the former welder who leads the Social Democrats, looks set to become the next prime minister, although he has ruled out co-operating with the far right(3). He said Sweden was facing major challenges after 8 years of centre-right rule with high unemployment and declining school results. “We are in serious situation. We have thousands of people unemployed, We have school results that are declining more than in any other OECD country.” There is something that is breaking. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change. We need a new direction.”
“The Sweden Democrats is the only political party that wants to stop immigration,” said Anders Sannerstedt, a political scientist at Lund University, who has studied the party closely. “All the other political parties have a united stance.” Sweden, which has one of Europe’s most generous refugee policies, expects an influx of nearly 90,000 refugees this year – numbers not seen since the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
Voters in Stockholm interviewed by AFP early Sunday were mostly hostile to the Sweden Democrats. “This time we have this more or less new party on the very right [Far right, imbecile! Can’t you even follow a simple narrative?] wing,” said Christina Lindvall, a lawyer, adding she was most likely to vote for the Greens. “Those of us who don’t support them need to show that.”
Yes Christina Lindvall, I’m sure every father who has seen his child mauled by immigrants will be intrigued at your elaborate preening displays.
Though unlike this callow bimbette, the prime minister-elect is a man of shrewd perspicacity. He has identified the problems clearly: Rising unemployment and declining educational results. What on Earth could account for these phenomenon? It’s a conundrum beyond the capacity of man’s cognition. Mr. Lofven continues with the precision of a Ted Kennedy cab-ride: “There is something that is breaking. Now Sweden has answered that we need a change. We need a new direction.” Something is breaking, you see. What it is ain’t exactly clear. But Sweden needs a totally new direction. And that new direction is…liberalism and immigration! Thus we learn why only the most astute ascend to political summits.
And while Sweden’s State will shove fingers in each ear and chant “la la la,” not all Swedes can tolerate the far-far-far-far right with such equanimity. Some on the left are sorely aggrieved, and have come to share their concerns with customary erudition and sobriety.
Rabies seems to have surpassed Ebola with proximity to the arctic. Though I do hope readers captured some of those tears for intoxicants in the long Swedish winter.
Though perhaps cheeks in the asylum will dry with news from the south. Switzerland is so tolerant, it hurts.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority £40,000 in benefits every month.
Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago. The massive benefits bill covers day-to-day living expenses such as groceries and cleaning costs, as well as paying for four of the woman’s children to be housed in an orphanage and even bills for general entertainment – such as guided tours of local attractions and entry fees for the zoo.
The Eritrean woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago in possession of a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, with the option to extend her stay beyond that date. It is not known if the family had lived elsewhere in Switzerland before moving to the quiet village.
‘I don’t know where to turn. I think we have no other choice but to raise taxes,’ Mayor Therese Schlaepfer told daily Swiss newspaper Blick. She added that local residents were justifiably outraged by the spiraling costs of caring for the family, who require a team of social workers to spend six hours a day, six days a week on them alone.
When the woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago, the municipal government immediately agreed to cover the full cost of their rent and £1,700 a month in living expenses. A short time later the woman sought further financial help, claiming she had become overwhelmed by family commitments and was now struggling to look after all seven of her children. This resulted in four of them being sent to an orphanage – with the local authority paying out £6,000 for each child every month – a total cost of £24,000.
On top of this there are also the costs of helping the woman pay her cooking and cleaning bills – plus rolling entertainment expenses, such as paying the entry fee for all eight family members at the zoo.
As well as straight handouts, the family also reportedly cost the local authority thousands more every month by tying up social workers and carers for six hours a day, six days a week.
On average these social workers cost the council about £90 every hour they work, rising to £95 an hour in the evening or at weekends.
Good. More of this. These peacock displays of western moral vanity need to experience severe inflation. Raise taxes triple. And triple more on that. Feed this African circus troop fois gras and truffles until Chris Christie is envious of their girth. Build them a castle on a cliff and send attendants to change their bedpans. Let liberal Swiss taxpayers feed their own 1.3 children spider legs…or cake. Because these people suffer a congenital incapacity to see the results of their policies. Instead they must be made to feel them. And outrage is a good feeling to start. They and the Swedes will have much to discuss.