Aug 26 2015
The anti-Muslim immigration Sweden Democrats Party is now the #1 force in Sweden, polls show. And the reason is this: If Sweden keeps taking in hundreds of thousands of Muslim freeloaders, Sweden will only be ⅔ Swedish in just 5 years.
Spectator On the Swedish election before last, there was shock that the populist Sweden Democrats ended up with a foothold in parliament. Even more shock when they did well enough in last year’s election to topple the conservative-led government. Sweden’s parliament works on coalitions, but no party wants to do any kind of deal with Sweden Democrats. They’re regarded as toxic, beyond-the-pale. But now, according to a shock YouGov poll today, they’re the no1 party in Sweden.
The Sweden Democrats party just launched a poster campaign (below) apologizing for “organized begging” by Muslim immigrants in Stockholm.
The posters in English were aimed at tourists, featuring images of people sleeping in the street and said: “Sorry about the mess here in Sweden. We have a serious problem with forced begging! International gangs profit from people’s desperation. Our government won’t do what’s needed.”
At first it was argued: let these lunatics come to parliament! They’re nuts, let everyone see how mad they are! In fact, they’ve been coming pretty well-prepared to debates in the Swedish Parliament – even the ones that are not televised. Their stature has grown and the often shrill attacks against them are becoming counterproductive.
So now, YouGov puts party’s support at 25pc ahead of 23pc for the governing Social Democrats and 21pc for the dethroned conservatives. It could be a rogue poll: one by Swedish Radio News in June put the Sweden Democrats at 16pc. But it fits a trend across Scandinavia of populist insurgency amidst an abject failure to control immigration.
WARNING: Sweden is headed for a cliff:
I’ve just returned from three weeks in Sweden, and saw this for myself. Stories of AMuslim immigrant-related crime pepper the newspapers: last week, a mother and her son were stabbed to death in Ikea in Västerås; the two suspects are Eritrean asylum seekers who (according to media reports) had just been refused right to remain.
A number of violent incidents – including shootings and hand grenade attacks, especially in the southern city of Malmö – have led to questions about the integration of the large number of Muslim immigrants already in Sweden.
These stories are shocking – and add to a national sense of alarm. (Sweden has even started to export this problem to Britain.)
55 MUSLIM NO GO ZONES in Sweden:
Even tourists can see that the government is losing control; there are beggars not just outside the tube exits and coffee shops of Stockholm but the provincial supermarkets in the south. Amongst politicians, the euphemism for these beggars is “EU immigrants,” which I find shocking – and a slur on the EU immigrants who come there to work. I was one of them, for a day, insofar as I wrote an article about this for Svenska Dagbladet (here). The (longer) English translation is below.
My point: Sweden’s openness is eating itself. If the Sweden Democrats are the only party willing to talk frankly about immigration, the no1 issue in Sweden, then don’t be surprised if they do well.
Sweden has long been a lodestar for left and the right – an exporter of political ideas for people from all political persuasions. The world capital of free schools and tax cuts (for those who like that sort of thing) and of the welfare state (for those who don’t). The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman once said that every time he hears an American denouncing Europe’s welfare, he has an ‘urge to take that person on a forced walking tour of Stockholm’. He wrote that four years ago; he probably wouldn’t write it now.
Even a tourist, walking through Stockholm this summer, would notice something unusual. The city has new visitors, who are changing its character. They sit outside coffee shops and on street corners, outside underground exits and bus stops; friendly people, saying ‘hej hej,’ while holding an coffee cup filled with a crown or two. Their belongings are often kept in large piles in the street, which no one moves. To visitors, it’s baffling: why is this tolerated? Where are the police? Why does no one keep order?
On health, wealth and equality Sweden stands atop the world league tables. But when it comes to sharing that prosperity with immigrants – well, that’s where Sweden falls down. In 2013, the OECD published an integration index: the unemployment rate for immigrants, relative to natives. In Britain, the USA and Canada there are hardly any differences; that means they are pretty good melting pots. But the unemployment rate for foreigners in Sweden is a scandalous 2.6 times as high as for natives – the most daunting ratio in the developed worlds, except for Norway.
From 2014: Media types are shocked at the swing toward what they like to call the “far-right anti-immigration party.”
Sweden going, going…?