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SirPsychoSexy
post Sep 24 2010, 09:38 AM
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Sweden went to election last Sunday, the result:

The Alliance (Centre-Right) - 49,3 % - 173 seats
The Red Green Coalition (Centre-Green-Left) - 43,6 % - 156 seats
The Sweden Democrats (Nationalist) - 5,7 % - 20 seats

1. The Centre-Right already ruling government won, this is the first time since the right to vote was introduced in Sweden.

2. The Social Democrats that have ruled almost uninterruptedly for nearly a hundred years got their worst result in nearly a hundred years (30.6 %). Social Democracy seems to be on its way down in Sweden, as it's been in the rest of the world.

3. An extremely nationalist party (and also racist), The Sweden Democrats entered the parliament. Once before has a party hostile towards foreigners been in the parliament (1991-94), New Democracy, but SD is more well organized and more outspokenly racist.

4. The Alliance didn't get the majority of the seats which means that there will probably be parliamentary chaos since no one wants to co-operate with the Sweden Democrats. The situation is probable to be very unstable and there won't be any balance.

Any thoughts on this developement?


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post Oct 12 2010, 04:44 PM
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There are several things that are important to remember when you talk about SD:

1. It's a party that when it was created in the late 80's it was openly racist and even nazi. Several people were convicted for violent crimes, many of them including violence against immigrants. When the current party leader joined, in the mid-90's, it was still openly racist and it was around that time when the board had to forbid members to wear Nazi costumes to the meetings. During the past decade they've reformed and are now a "clean" party. But the leading people joined when it was "unclean", purely racist and nazi. False front? Seems likely.

2. They are a single-issue party. Immigration has, until recently, been their only issue. The rest of their program is pretty much a mix of the other established parties politics. For one they they say they want to build on the Social Democrats idea of the Swedish Welfare State, yet the board members (including the leader) were filmed about a year ago singing offensive songs about the murdered, legendary, Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme and his wife. Not very credible if you ask me.

3. They are a populist party using an ancient tactic, blaming problems in society on a single group of people (like Hitler blamed the Jews for instance).

4. SD openly says that they don't only want to cut immigration with 90% but also "encourage" immigrants already living here to go back to their countries of origin as well as forbidding all immigration from Muslim countries. In their program they state that they believe in a "homo genetic" state and not a multicultural country. They believe in assimilation and not immigration, if that's not racist then I don't know what is.

5. The leader of the party published a chronicle in a major newspaper where he said that Islam is the biggest threat to Sweden since WWII. People in the party have suggested that it should be illegal to practise Islam.

Well, you can't be proud of everything in your country, can you? Swedish people generally, including myself, aren't very nationalistic.


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