This newspaper article from The Local, considering the rise of the Sweden Democrats echoes in tune with the New York Times when it comes to talking about Republicans. Everyone knows that the Right in America is racist. They're simply crypto-Nazi types just waiting for a Hitler to emerge and give a spanking to those freedom-loving Pink Code ladies. Don't believe me? Ask anyone. Hey, Hillary, got a minute? How about you, Rev. Jackson?
The Swedish population’s support for the far-right Sweden Democrats has gained the crucial mass necessary to enter parliament.
Translation: the yokels have picked up support. Be worried.
According to polls by Demoskop and Expressen newspaper, 4.2 percent of the population would vote for the Swedish Democrats if there was an election today. The Christian Democrats, a partner in the governing coalition, got only 3.8 percent of votes.
Well, maybe things will change before the elections. Maybe the Swedish Democrats will have been chased from the country by then. You can always hope.
In prior polls, only 3.1 percent of the population supported the party. The recent rise in popularity may be due to the party’s annual conference meeting in Karlstad in western Sweden a week ago.
Or it could possibly be due to the reality on the ground. Or a low-pressure system. Whatever… nothing to see here. Move along.
The Sweden Democrats’ chairman Jimmie Åkesson is convinced that the party now has a real chance of entering parliament at the next election.
“If we can keep up this support level of 3 - 4 percent until the next elections, then this is a good starting point. I am sure that we will get into Parliament at the next elections,” he told news agency TT.
Demoskop’s CEO Anders Lindholm confirmed this view. “It isn’t really a surprise. More a case of when, not if. This is a development that has been coming for quite a while,” he told TT.
Ah, no big deal. We’ve seen them coming. Nothing to worry about because, as the Local notes:
However, should the party make it into Parliament in 2010, they might find it a difficult arena in which to air their policies. Most other political parties do not want anything to do with the Sweden Democrats who are viewed as xenophobic and sexist.
Speaking to Expressen newspaper, the Left Party’s Secretary Anki Ahlsten went so far as to describe the Sweden Democrats as outright racists.
And so they are “outright racists” in Sweden. Why, they have the nerve to suggest limiting immigration and demanding more local control. Tch, tch. Barbarians, obviously. Otherwise, they would get quietly in line with the overlords, right?
The polls questioned 1,008 people during the period from April 29th to May 6th.
Support for other parties is as follows:
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The Social Democrats 44.1 percent
The Moderate Party 21.9 percent
The Green Party 6.8 percent
The Liberal Party 6.3 percent
The Centre Party 6.0 percent
The Left Party 5.9 percent
The Christian Democrats 3.8 percent
Go to the main page of The Local, here. Scroll down and notice how conveniently this article about the SD landed between one story about public masturbation and another concerning a serial rapist. This is as subtle as a brick over the head.
Obviously, they do take their cues from the Old Grey Lady’s playbook.