The US political, intelligence and media establishments have made even greater asses of themselves before the entire world by cooking up their latest wild concoction of a plot to topple President Donald Trump and – while they’re at it – knock his most plausible challenger former Vice President Joe Biden out of the race as well.
Washington has become a buffoonish theater of the absurd. It is politics according to Marx: But not Karl Marx. The latest scandal is pure Groucho Marx.
It is straight out of the Marx Brothers 1933 comic movie masterpiece “Duck Soup.”
Freedonia is a chaotic joke of a nation that has just gone bankrupt. This of course fits modern America perfectly. The country’s financial benefactor Mrs. Teasdale (obviously a stand in for the International Monetary Fund which had not been created yet) then insists that her favorite, the wild and ludicrous Rufus T. Firefly, a con man with no dignity whatsoever but a surprising amount of wit and street smarts becomes its president.
However, Firefly – a natural stand in for President Donald Trump – must then survive one sinister scheme to topple him from power after another. All of them ineptly executed.
Russiagate was such a scheme. A big lie of such staggering inherit absurdity lacking any hard evidence whatsoever that a six year old child with Downs’ Syndrome would not have been believed it. But around half the adult population of the United States apparently did.
Now, within weeks, hardly even days after absurd and now half-senile Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller (a perfect foil for the Marx Brothers to be played by any comic actor specializing in befuddlement) bit the dust in his own ludicrous congressional testimony, a new Outrageous Accusation has been thrown at Trump, even more non-existent than the previous one.
Right after being falsely accused of conspiring with Russia for the past two and a half years, Trump is suddenly accused of the opposite – of conspiring with Ukraine instead …
President trumps Buzzfeed Cohen story: Source: themindunleashed.com
Social media site Twitter has been a leading force in witch hunt by the US liberal left to impeach President Trump, constantly calling on the Special Counsel team headed by Obama appointee Robert Mueller to trigger the impeachment process they believe would result in Trump being removed from office, even though the Mueller inquiry has produced no evidence of ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’ against the president.
Since Trump’s vicory in the 2016 election wild accusations that he collaborated with the Russian government have been flung about by Democrat politicians, liberal media organisations and Hollywood luvvies, none of which have been supported by a shred of credible evidence.
The latest fiaso occurred this week, when the strongly liberal buzzfeed online news site ran a story that proof had ben obtained of Trump ordering his lawyer to lie to Congressional investigators. Left leaning news channels and print media went into meltdown, claiming that it wad the ‘smoking gun’ that linked Donald J Trump and Vladimir Putin in a conspiracy to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. The excitement was shortlibed however, Mueller himself stated the BuzzFeed report claiming Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen lied to Congress on his boss’ orders was “not accurate.”
Or to use a buzz phrase, it was Buzzfeed FAKE NEWS.
Twitter having been set alight by the BuzzFeed story that claimed to have proof that President Donald Trump directly instructed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie before Congress on his plans to build a hotel in Moscow that would have seen him meeting Russian officials, was reignited when Mueller shot it down.
After the “bombshell” was picked up (to a great extent uncritically) by the mainstream media, which floated impeachment through a legion of ever-ready pundits, it was beautifully ironic that the scoop was busted by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself.
Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted: @GovMikeHuckabee
Breaking Wind from CNN! Buzzfeed will change it’s name to “Buzzard Feed” because it proudly stands by its discredited, un-sourced, and utterly laughable Fake News about @realDonaldTrump so even after rebuke by Mueller it eats dead, rotted flesh of the roadkill of their story.
Facing a torrent of ridicule and derision, BuzzFeed tried to stand by its claims while others on the left rallied round. BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith called on Mueller to clarify what exactly he had denied. “We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it,” he tweeted.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (who famously “felt a tingle run up his leg” when he heard Obama speak, – no suggestion of political bias on his part then,) argued that the report being inaccurate “does not mean it is not true,” while NBC’s Ken Dilanian said Mueller denied only that part of the report that said he had obtained Trump organization documents supporting the allegations. He did not publish his evidence of course.
The New York Times, still bleeding after being beaten up in a Fake News scandal of its own, debunked the story, citing a person familiar with Cohen’s testimony, who told them that the disgraced former lawyer “never implied the president had pressured him to lie to Congress.”
Trump himself saw the craptangle as an opportunity, which he charateristically grabbed to remind the U.S. public it was Buzzfeed that first published “the totally discredited” Steele Dossier.” BuzzFeed published the former British spy’s largely fabricated evidence of Trump’s links to Russian businessment in January 2017. “A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!” Trump tweeted.
As the US 2018 midterm elections loom ever larger on the horizon it is clear the US electorate has never been more implacably polarised, while the smearing, lying, backstabbing and name calling have never been more blatant. The Democrats know there is not only control of the Senate and House of Representatives at stake, but the outcome will have a huge influence on the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election when Donald Trump will seek a second term. Win control of both houses, the Democrats will be able to effectively hamstring Trump’s presidency, win only the House of Representatives and they will be able to make life difficilt for his administration. Six months ago it looked as though The Democrats could gain control of both houses but since then they have been determined to show they can repeat hillary clinton’s trick of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
The failed attempt to derail the conformation of Supreme Court nomineee Brett Kavanaugh by smearing him with an unsubstantiated accusation of a sexual misdemeanour which allegedly took place 35 years ago and was witnesses by nobody (not even the victim apparently, given her inability to remember accurately and details of the when and where,) seriously backfired on the party. This was followed by the debacle over claims made by 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, who in a bid to gain support from minorities said she is a member of the Chreokee nation. Unfortunately Ms. Warren, whose claim dates back to her 2012 senatorial campaign, was pressured into taking a DNA test, and proved to be ten generations away from any Cherokee ansector.
The left’s assumption is that women and minorities Democrats because they perceive supporting the party’s liberal stance as being in their best interest while major cultural events back up that view. This is not entirely true, the Republicans have done as much on civil rights, while before World War 2 The Democrats were the part of slavery and segregation in the southern states , (it’s all documented.) Over the course of the past two weeks, since the conformation of Justice Kavanaugh, and the discrediting of ‘Fauxoontas’ Warren as Trump calls her, the left’s strategy of identity politics as a way to divide and conquer American voters has not only failed catastrophically, it’s backfired.
We saw this play out first with the fight to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The narrative, created by the left and repeated by allies in the media, quickly became about women. Without distinction, it was declared that all women were on the side of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
This was not true and it refelcts badly on The Democrats and feminism the assumption that ‘all women’ hold the opinion the liberal narrative on mainstream media assigns them can even be made. Hundreds of women who knew Kavanaugh came out publicly in his defense, saying that he had always behaved properly in female company. Scores of women wearing “I Stand With Brett” and “Women For Kavanaugh” T-shirts gathered on Capitol Hill to show their support for his nomination. Thousands tweeted #HimToo as a way to show support for due process and evidence to back accusations.
After years of pussy hats, #MeToo, college kangaroo courts and entirely spurious gay and trans rights cases, plus some particularly nasty outbreaks of fascist style street violence people don’t buy the liberal message about a right wing ‘war on women,’ the ‘rape culture’ or the need to ‘exterminate white heterosexual males.” These crude scare tactics are repeated at left wing events and rallies designed to grab the votes of women and ethnic / sexual minorities. But Democrats are making a huge miscalculation.
Conservatives are furious at the people purporting to speak for women, furious that what should have been an ordinary parsing of evidence (what little there is after 36 years) was turned into a Kabuki theater campaign ad for the Democratic Party, stressing their trope that the GOP is conducting a so-called war on women,” Stephanie Gutmann wrote in an op-ed for USA Today.
More importantly, this facile assumption that ‘all women’ supported #MeToo because ‘all women’ have faced sexual harassment from every man they meet, that ethnic minorities are constantly beaten down by ‘white racism’ or ‘white privilege’ and that gays are universal victims (when most have good careers and are accepted by most people, has encouraged conservatives to get ready to head to the polls and vote against Democratic Party candidates.
According to a survey conducted by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Polls, enthusiasm among Republican women jumped 12 percent since Kavanaugh was announced in July and that was further solidified during and after his confirmation.
Shortly after Kavanaugh was officially sworn in as a justice, President Trump held a meeting at the White House with rapper and cultural icon Kanye West.
With the cameras rolling, West lavished Trump with praise, talked about prison reform and explained why he loves what the president is doing. “He can speak for me any time he wants,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”
It was yet another cultural moment that derailed the left’s talking points: African-Americans are Democrats and could never align themselves with a Republican president has been the assumprion for several decades. The meeting was shocked many liberals, particularly those easily triggered snowflakes, the university students and spun many into a panic of egregious and racist insults.
“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” CNN commentator Bakari Sellers said on Don Lemon’s show.
Since West showed support for Trump’s policies earlier this year, the president’s approval among African-American voters has been on the rise.
In a desperate attempt to somehow fit into the left’s narrative on race, the Warren fiasco further alienated minorities Complete with a video and extensive campaign website, the data shows she might be 1/1,024th Native American.
The fallout was swift and painful.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. released in a statement. “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. … Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Warren’s cultural and victim status appropriation not only further hampered her reputation, but threw a bomb into the waning “blue wave” just three weeks ahead of the midterms.
“Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???” tweeted Jim Messina, former President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager.
The Democrats obsession with skin color and gender, and their fondness for Islam while they simultaneously denounce Christianity and are positively anti – Semitic (as are their fellowe travellers the UK Labour Party,) is as a strategy, falling apart and recent events show why. Nov. 6 is just around the corner and the battle lines for presidential votes are already being drawn. For Democrats, those lines are being crossed as women and minorities vote on interest, not on identity politics.
Last week,White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a Red Hen restaurant in Virginia because the owner, a pussy hat wearing liberal feminist, did not want to serve anyone who worked for the Trump administration. In a separate incident Protesters swarmed around Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home on Friday. Florida’s Attorney General was confronted and heckled at a showing … Continue reading
The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal which has rocked the Hollywood establishment and shocked America to its core, according to mainstream media should not have surprised anyone (if fact much of the shock and horror being expressed is typical Hollywood liberal hypocrisy.) And now the story has broken, it seems that as well as a … Continue reading
Authored by ‘Washington Watcher’ via VDare.com, The leaked internal Google briefing “The Good Censor” [PDF] has received suspiciously little attention from the Main Stream Media, but it represents the crassest statement yet of the Tech oligopolies’ intention to impose Silicon Valley Political Correctness on the U.S. As American Thinker Editor Thomas Lifson puts it: “I congratulate Breitbart.com for the … Continue reading
On a day that saw the latest nonsensical claims from the UK government about Russian government culpability for the Skripal assassination attempt back in March, we came across a story which shows how the other great “It’s The Russians fabricated narrative is falling apart. While NATO governments were getting their knickers in a right old … Continue reading
How US Department Of Homeland Security Created Fake News On Russia Hacking US Election The narrative of Russian intelligence interfering with the outcome of U.S. elections has achieved near-universal acceptance among media and political organisations. But the real story behind that narrative reveals that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created an account of events that was designed to spread false information and cause fear and panic.
The Deep State Is Real..& They Don’t Like Trump’s Disruption In his new book titled “The Deep State: How an army of bureaucrats protected Barack Obama and is working to destroy Donald Trump,” Jason Chaffetz alleges that the deep state is very real. His book, which is set to be published on September 18, details the lengths the intelligence community is going to in an attempt to undermine Trump.
How Can US / NATO Claim Info From Syrian Rebels Is Reliable? The problem with the latest attempt to justify intervention by the USA and its allies France and the UK has things in common with previous illegal weapons incidents in Syria for which no evidence of the involvement of Russia or President Assad’s government was found, and one in particular in which the culprits were identified…
China and Russia Move To Outflank Washington Hawks, Avert War In Asia Events in recent days have given everybody in the world cause for concern. First it was revealed that renegade state North Korea how has nuclear capability to attack American interests in the Pacific and possible even targets on the US mainland. Then the war of words between the North Koreans and Washington took a nasty turn, opened up the throttle and seemed to be hurtling towards all out war.
Oprah Winfrey, Praised As A Feminist Icon, Exposed As A Fraud Within Twenty Four Hours
Tanya Gold, writing about The Golden Globes awards, praised the acceptance speech given by Oprah Winfrey who was given a lifetime achievement award presumably for fronting a television freak show, and commented on the ridiculous calls from other ‘liberals’ in hollywood and Washington for Oprah to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.
Coming To A Town Near You: Expert Warns That No-Go Zones Are Growing In America
Nothing illustrated the failure of Europe’s open doors immigration policies more than the notorious “no-go zones” that have sprung up in Muslim dominated areas of many European cities. For decades the West has opened its borders to people who don’t share their values, and the West has utterly failed to encourage these people to assimilate. The lack of assimilation has reached a degree that many of these populations have become resentful of their mediocre status in society, and have actually become more insular.
President Trump has reportedly blocked the attempted acquisitions of a US technology company by a Chinese firm. while his opponents accuse him of breaking election promises and betraying votes, although they offer little evidence to support their claims, the increasingly tough policy against China’s acquisition of US companies continues, despite the firing of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who supported Trmp’s “economic nationalism.”
“Hopelessly Compromised”: Judiciary Member Calls For Mueller’s Resignation Over Uranium One Scandal
Earlier this morning (November 4) House Judiciary Committee representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) submitted a resolution calling for Robert Mueller to resign as special counsel overseeing the FBI investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government saying that the former FBI director is “hopelessly compromised” as a result of his failed oversight of the controversial Uranium One transaction …
It’s the breaking news we all knew about over a year ago, the Democratic Party Primaries were as bent as a fisherman’s hook. This blog and most other unaligned news websites in New Media reported last year, supplying irrefutable proof it must be said, that the Democratic Party pirmaries which secured the nomination for Hillary Clinton were rigged.
The airstrikes by a US led coalition that killed many Syrian soldiers fighting for the legitimate government of Bashar al Assad against the terrorist forces of ISIS has raised the level of hostile rhetoric between the USA / NATO coalition and the Russia / China / Iran alliance. The likelihood of war seemed to have receded through the summer, after it seemed possible early this year, that one stray shell or bullet could spread the war beyond the middle east. Is World War Three Really Kicking Off This Time?
If This Does Not Disqualify Hillary For The Presidency, It’s Hard To Know What Will
Even the conservative Wall Street Journal is waking up to the massive deception that is being perpetrated on voters by the American political establishment, media and judiciary. Unfortunately the around half or the voters seem to be willingly complicit in this deception. In fact the USA collectively appears capable of a level of cognitive dissonance on an unprecedented scale in relation to the crimes and corrupt practices of Hillary Clinton … If This Does Not Disqualify Hillary For The Presidency, It’s Hard To Know What Will
Swedish elections are usually fairly dull affairs, the differences between the mainstream center-left and center-right political groupings have not been all that significant for decades. The election to be held next weekend however, is unusual for two reasons. First, the rise of the Eurosceptic Swedish Democrat party (SD) has disrupted the traditional left vs right dynamic in Swedish politics which has been solidly pro EU and fully supportive of the project to merge the membership of 27 sovereign states into a federal superstate.
The other aspect of the SD’s rise has been their willingness to discuss the detrimental effect on liberal, tolerant Swedish society of an uncontrolled influx of Muslim migrants from some very backward societies. If polls are correct (and they have previously underestimated support for the SD’s,) their increased support is likely to make it difficult for anyone to form a stable government after the elections.
Another factor, though less well publicised because it concerns the financial markets and is is rather technical, is that as the Russian / Chinese push to remove the status of the US$ as global reserve currency, the Swedish krona (SEK) has become a marker for global risk sentiment, depreciating at signs of escalating trade tensions or emerging market stress. The wobbly housing market, a peaking economy, and the easy credit offered by the Riksbank have also undermined SEK.
According to polls and history neither the current center-left government nor the center-right opposition alliance is likely to win a majority in September. Both blocks are polling below 40%, and the top parties on both sides (the Social Democrats and the Conservatives (Moderaterna) are headed for historically poor showings.
Neither government nor opposition coalitions looks likely to be able to govern without support from the SD’s, which has continued to gain popularity despite efforts to smear them as racist, far right and neo — Nazi.
As happened in Italy most recently and other EU nations in the past few years, smear campaigns aimed at branding parties that oppose the globalist narrative as racist and fascist have backfired somewhat. A classic example was Germany’s inconclusive election a year ago this month, in which a campaign of outrageous misrepresentations by politicians of the establishment parties, the ‘center right’ Christian Democrats and the ‘center left’ Social Democrats and the majority of mainstream media only increased support for Eurosceptic, immigration control supporting parties Alternatif fur Deutschland and the classical liberal Free Democrats. That election left Chancellor Merkel clinging to power by her fingertips.
The electorates in the developed nations are not as ignorant as politicians and mainstream media like to depict them. One Swedish voter, responding to a hysterical tirade against people thinking of voting for the Sweden Democrats told a TV vox pop spot, “I’m a nationalist not a racist.” The conflation of nationalism with racism or fascism is a regular tactic of the globalist consensus in politics, and it is completely dishonest. On getting comments on my posts when I, for very well thought out reasons, supported Brexit in my posts I responded to comments suggesting the resurgence of nationalism in Europe would lead to the rise of new Nazi and fascist demagogues by pointing out that Gandhi was a nationalist as were Guiseppe Garibaldi, Eammon De Valera, Kemal Ataturk (moderniser of Turkey,) and Nelson Mandela. Not all nationalists are benign, but nationalism is not a synonym of fascism (which means ‘power through strength’).
Sweden looks like being the latest shock for the globalists, people who want a global, meritocratic government, which could only work against liberal values such as free speech as one of the stated aims of the global movement is to create a global culture or to put it bluntly to suppress all national and ethnic cultures. The problem with such thinking is that power becomes progressively more remote from the people whose lives are affected, resulting in dissatisfaction and alienation. The great mass of people, whom the intellectuals of the ruling elites look down on, are too savvy to fall for it. Most of the problems in the developed nations and in those third world nations the western powers have recently meddled in, spring from the elites, the people who make decisions that affect the lives of millions, being completely out of touch with the lives and concerns of ordinary people.
If or rather when voters in Sweden are next to send the message, “We have rights too,” whether it will shock the unelected bureaucrats who effectively run the EU into awareness of their predicament, or whether they will try to punish the Swedes for not vosting the way they should have, as we have seen in the cases of Britain and Italy could decide if the EU has a long term future.
It is certain the Social Democrats, who have ruled in Sweden for most of the last hundred years, will see their numbers in the Swedish parliament vastly reduced. Some polls even show the Sweden Democrats could become the largest party, though there is a discrepancy between polls that use self-selecting online panels (which show the far-right winning the largest share) and the standard polls (which have the Social Democrats narrowly in first place).
Among the smaller parties, the Greens, the Liberals, and the Christian Democrats are all at risk of missing the 4% threshold to gain seats parliament under the proportional representation system. If one of the smaller parties drops out of parliament it would alter the balance between the two mainstream blocks, but would not leave either much closer to a majority.
Following soon after the Italian Eurosceptic, anti immigration alliance of Lega and Five Star crushed traditional parties, and with anti EU governments in Poland, Hungary and Austria, Angela Merkel’s CDU hanging on to power through a very fragile coalition with the CSU, Spain’s socialist government teetering on the edge of collapse, the UK half out of the door and Macron’s French government having caused civil unrest, the EU is in big trouble already. The Sweden Democrats have called for a referendum on EU membership, while the Liberals want Sweden to join the euro. Both look unlikely. Neither is a realistic political proposition: polls suggest Swedes are content with the status quo — less than a quarter would support leaving the EU, and less than 20% want to join the euro.
In fact most nations now in conflict with Brussels want to remain in the EU, but a vastly reformed EU which respects members’ sovereignty, drops its commitment to ‘open doors’ immigration policy and abandons “The European Project” of unifying the continent politically to create a European superstate. In other words, if it is to survive the EU must abandon its ambitions to be a pan European government of unelected bureaucrats and return to being a free trade and economic cooperation association for European states.
Immigrant criminals and Swedish criminals are viewed differently in the eyes of Swedish law.
We ask why it is, in Sweden, that when a Swede kills two immigrants it is an act of terrorism that shames the nation, but when an African immigrant kills a Swedish mother and her young child, in the eyes of the government it is somehow the victim’s fault? The big concern is that, given the desperation of our Conservtive and Labour party leaders to make us more European, such politically correct insanity will be inflicted in Britain next
Guess Which Political Grouping Wants To Legalise Incest and Necrophilia?
Has the headline sunk in. Yes it says there are people out there who want to legalise incest (brother /sister or parent / child sex) and necrophila (sex with dead people). Puzzled about who would want to legalise such repugnant things? I’ll give you a clue, they aren’t conservatives, libertarians or nationalists.
Worlds Biggest Luxury Liner To Be An Immigtant Hostel?
Ocean Gala, a luxury cruise liner which when launched was the world’s largest passenger ship will be converted into a concentration camp floating hostel to house Sweden’s third world migrants. The only thing that may derail the deal with US Shipmanagers for floating migrant accommodation, would be failure to find a berth in any of Sweden’s large deep water harbours. Sweden’s open doors immigration policy has led to …
Watch two Finnish shopgirls out a couple of male Muslim shoplifters.
Arthur’s introduction (in his usual inimitable style) to this video from Finland might offend some people, but the attitude of Muslim immigrants that they can just walk into shops and take what they want, force themselves on women whenever they please, molest young children and tel us how to run our countries in Europe needs to be challenged.
When Donald Trump, currently frontrunner in the contest to be Republican Party candidate in the USA’s 2016 Presidential Election, in a campaign broadcast commented that Islamisation of the west has gone so far parts of London are so heavily populated with Muslim extremists there are now no go zones for police and emergency services, he was attacked by politicians and the mainstream media.
Autumn Gets More Interesting As Merkel Admists She May Have Caused balkans War.
The autumn of 2015 has been interesting with the escalation of the war against ISIS by Russian air Force jets and Iranian ground troops in Syria and Iraq, Europe’s migrant crisis pushing prosperous north European nations towards civil unrest, and the downing of a Russian airliner over Sinai by as yet unknown causes though western intelligence reports suggest a terrorist bomb was planted on board before take off. And it is set to get more interesting …
Mediterranean Immigrant Composite
The flow of undocumented migrants from Africa trying to cross the Mediterranean from the coast of Libya to Italian, Greek and Maltese territory seems unstoppable. Two factors in the problem however have been western (particlarly American meddling in the internal affairs of African states, and wester aid leading to a population explosion national infrastructures are unable to cope with. And of course European leaders haven’t a clue how to deal with the problem.
Illegal immigrants find their way past border controls (source)
One of the reasons I started to use this blog more after it had lain virtually untouched for years (amassing only about 3000 page views in six years) was that I wanted to brink a more international flavour to my family of blogs and web pages. I was driven towards this course by the attitude among people who call themselves ‘liberal and ‘progressive’ that only one set of beliefs and values is socially acceptable. This Pensée Unique (to give the blog a foreign flavour)embraces several principles which its supporters (most of whom claim they are atheists) cling to with the fervour of religious zealots. One of these is that all immigration is good. To hear Pensée Unique fanatics in the anglosphere screeching when this dogma is challenged one might think the UK and USA are the only nations where government sponsored mass immigration by people who have no intention of integrating socially or culturally is seen as a problem by significant numbers of ordinary citizens.
Sweden’s Christian Democrats: Cut refugee benefits.
In response perhaps to the rising popularity of Sweden’s new, right of centre political party, the Sweden Democrats who anti – immigration stance is striking a chord with many ordinary, working class Swedes who feel their country is being given away to foreigners by an unrepresentative ‘liberal elite’ that control national politics, the well established Christian Democrat party has shocked academics and media luvvies by moving sharply against immigration as the country approaches a General Election in March.
(translated from Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm)
The Christian Democrats have announced proposals to reduce the cost of the asylum process in Sweden, arguing that cuts are necessary to maintain “the legitimacy” of the system.
“I am tired of the fact that all discussions [of immigration] start and end with the SwedenDemocrats,” Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund said on Thursday.
The Christian Democrat’s proposals include reducing the level of benefits paid to refugees seeking asylum in the country and the introduction of temporary residence permits.
“This is a problem with which we have not achieved sufficient success,” Hägglund said referring to the high levels of unemployment among newly-arrived immigrants in comparison to people born in Sweden.
Hägglund explained that his party, which suffered heavy losses in last September’s election, would like to see the changes in order to “preserve the legitimacy” of Sweden’s immigration policy.
(Many Swedes feel the majority of ‘refugees’ seeking asylum in Sweden are in face economic migrants attracted by the nation’s generous welfare system and reputation for tolderance (Boggart Blogger)
Among the proposed measures is a proposal that new immigrants be able to earn up to 100,000 kronor ($13,000) tax free per annum for their first five years in Sweden. At the same time the party proposed a reduction in introduction benefits.
While Hägglund underlined that the proposals were not a question of “closing the border”, the move was welcomed by the Sweden Democrats (SD), who have proposed a dramatic reduction in immigration to Sweden.
“This paves the way for a more informed debate about immigration,” acting party leader Mattias Karlsson said on Thursday.
Karlsson added that the proposal could make it easier for SD to side with the Alliance if they were to win the upcoming extra election.
The Christian Democrats, which form part of the four-party Alliance opposition, are reported to have acted alone in the matter while the Moderates and the Liberal Party have welcomed the discussion.
The selection by Liberal Democrats of a director of porn films s their candidate for Gravesham in Kent shows they are at least living up to the liberal portion of their name. And we hear from local pollsters Anna Span is doing well for the Lib Dems and has the Conservatives, defending a majority of just over 500 on the back foot.
On top of that the candidates selection has triggered a boomette in house prices in the constituency as well as providing some light relief in an election campaign that has sorely lacked news to amuse. It also confirms the Lib Dems have not entirely abandoned their traditional role as the party of mavericks, oddballs, eccentrics, the raffia mafia and tree huggers we all loved but did not vote for.
Though leading Labour and Conservative figures were evasive when asked if they had any comments on Anna Span, professional virgin Anne Widdy said if Ms. Span was elected it would rob Parliament of its dignity and gravitas. She refused to comment further as she had to attend an expenses funded party on a colleagues duck island.
The public meanwhile responded warmly to Anna Span, older male voters who remember Italian porn star turned politician La Ciccolina (trans: the little fleshy one) who was elected to the Italian Parliament on a Tits Out For Social Justice ticket as a candidate for the Open Crotch Pants Party.
Our mole in the Lib Dem campaign HQ informs us the part is so delighted with the response to Anna Span they are hoping prospective candidates Ben Dover and Phill McCavvity, Shiela Blige, Ivor Biggun and Gythia De Horne, evergreen star of the classic movie Gythia does The Grenadier Guards will be adopted by constituencies in the next few days.
We learn from Septic Isle blog that 60% of British voters do not know who Nick Clegg Is. As the Lib Dems proclaim their conference a triumph this statistic must be a tad dfisheartening. But when 45% think Gordon Brown is the crumpled looking Scottish bloke who plays Rebus what chance does the Liberal Democrat leader have.