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NorthReport

Nothing like having an educated population.

Finally voters vote in a government that represents them.

How stupid can Canadian voters be to keep on electing the black and white cats (Liberals and Conservatives) who in no way represent the interests of Joe and Jane average working and/or retired Canadian?

http://online.wsj.com/articles/swedes-go-to-the-polls-1410695627

Sweden's Left Victorious in Elections

Social Democrat Leader Stefan Lofven Defeats Incumbent Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

http://online.wsj.com/articles/swedes-go-to-the-polls-1410695627 

Robo

Unfortunately, the Socialist party led coalition [url=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29201660]has not won a majority[/url]. Neither has the governing coalition. An anti-immigrant party now holds the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_general_election,_2014#Preliminary_... of power[/url]. My best guess is that the Social Democrats will try to pry one of the three smaller coalition partners from the existing government into a new governing coalition. The price will be something not liked by the Left, but will be preferable to giving the Sweden Democrats and say in government.

bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

Nothing like having an educated population.

13% of which voted for fascists

Pondering

This is what a proportional representation system has produced:

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Sweden now heads into a complicated parliamentary situation.

Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven, 57, is expected to enter into coalition talks with its main partner in the Red-Green bloc, the environmentalist Green Party, and potentially also the ex-communist Left Party.

But unless he’s able to recruit one of the center-right parties in Reinfeldt’s Alliance, he could face a situation where the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats and the Alliance jointly strike down key proposals.

“We are now Sweden’s third biggest party,” Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson told jubilant supporters. The once radical far-right party entered Parliament four years ago with 5.7 percent support.

You still end up with the same wheeling and dealing that doesn't end up having fair representation for everyone. Parties just form coalitions to freeze out other parties.

 

P.S. And extremist parties have a better chance of gaining power through coalitions.

 

 

A_J
A_J
NorthReport

Really? 

Is Nato inevitable?

Russia’s submarine incursion shows Sweden can no longer feel as well protected from the outside world as it was during the cold war

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/20/guardian-view-on-sw...

bekayne

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/17/swedish-far-right-leader-je...

Söder had said in a newspaper interview it would be a problem if there were too many people in Sweden “who belong to other nations” and had non-Swedish identities. Paying immigrants to go home would also help to avoid “foreign enclaves” and instead “create a society with a common identity”, he said.

The Sweden Democrats have thrown Swedish politics into turmoil after they used their power of veto two weeks ago to block the government’s budget and force fresh elections in March. The party appears to be thriving on the sense of political crisis, with opinion polls suggesting it is set to increase its share of the vote to between 16% and 18%.

Pondering

That is what I am afraid of with proportional representation. I think it splinters rather than unites. I don't see the automatic superiority of a few special interest parties banding together to form a government. I don't think it automatically leads to better more democratic government.

NorthReport

The Swedes sound like they have had a government similiar to Canada's Liberal government for way too long a period of time.

Dark lands: the grim truth behind the 'Scandinavian miracle'

Television in Denmark is rubbish, Finnish men like a drink – and Sweden is not exactly a model of democracy.

Why, asks one expert, does everybody think the Nordic region is a utopia?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/27/scandinavian-miracle-brutal...

NDPP

Magical Meat: 'Eating Halal Can Turn You Into a Muslim' Says Nationalist Swedish Party

http://rt.com/news/272368-sweden-halal-meat-muslims/

"A Swedish politician caused outrage by saying that halal meat has magical powers and can turn you into a Muslim. The nationalist Sweden Democrat, which has around 20 percent support amongst the population, also wants to ban halal meat in schools.

Michael Ohman, the head of the nationalist party's Heby wing, told the Sala Allehanda newspaper that 'You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat,' The Local cited him as saying.

When asked by a reporter if he meant to say that halal meat had magical powers, Ohman responded by saying, 'Yes, this is precisely what we have warned of. They sneak halal in everwhere..."

blonde guy?

Slumberjack

Swedish meat ball.

lagatta

Balderdash. You can cancel out the magic meat's power by having it with a beer or glass of wine.

Slumberjack

Sort of like a counter potion?

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Sweden has become very right wing. Not sure what happened but,what you gonna do?

Slumberjack

Right wing politics is always in demand wherever social insularity and xenophobia takes root.

NorthReport