Swedish elections, Muslim immigration and popularism

I’ll be honest, I know very little about Swedish politics and am not particularly interested in Sweden, other than over many years, especially in my younger days, I have met many nice Swedes, when I was under the impression Sweden was a nice country to live in, very tolerant, with cradle to grave social care, with my main caveat that if one were to rock the boat with rightist ideas one could be in for it.

In recent years as, I have taken more an interest in immigration from North Africa and the Middle East from mainly Muslims, and followed happenings not just on mainstream media but also alternative media, a different picture has emerged, that seems to be changing the national character. Having been taken to task recently for posting provocative memes, I was reluctant to post this, but what Mr. Farage says encapsulates a change in recent years in Swedish life (repeated in other European countries), rings true. It explains why populist “far right” political parties like the “Sweden Democrats” have significantly increased their vote share and, following the recent elections, now hold the balance of power.

Given brief mention but mentioned nevertheless in today’s BBC news reporting is news of the aftermath to those elections. Sadly, BBC (and other news outlets) use the pejorative term “far right” when it is unclear to me that this is truly the case. Sweden’s political future is now uncertain as the report goes on to explain. The article begins: “Swedish prime minister ousted after losing confidence vote – Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven to step down after inconclusive election” goes on to explain. “Sweden’s centre-right parties and the far-right Sweden Democrats have combined to oust the country’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, in a mandatory no-confidence vote after elections that left neither main political bloc with a majority”.

What is apparent to me is Sweden is now in a period of political maneuvering as different parties try to form alliances in order to form a coalition government and it is uncertain how that will go as it appears the main parties do not wish to form an alliance with the Swedish Democrats. How this will eventually be resolved is anyone’s guess, but the European popularist movement in countries like Hungary, where they now have power, and in several other countries where their popularity with the electorate is increasing, continues to gather momentum, and the concerns that cause parties like the Swedish Democrats to increase their vote share are not going away as people look for solutions, to problems arising from immigration.

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