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The New Yorker June 1 2015

“Suiting Up” av Mark Ulriksen

”The primary campaign may look like a pickup game about to descend into a brawl, but there’s a national candidate somewhere in the lineup”, skriver Amy Davidson med anledning av Ulriksens omslagsbild.

“Behind these Republicans, there is a face in the locker-room door’s window: Hillary Clinton, peeking in. Once they’re done with their intramural shoving match, they’ll mostly likely have to play against her.”

Tidskriftsomslag: The New Yorker den 1 juni 2015.

Cartoon - The Spectator 11 July 2015

Greek myths revisited: Atlas holds up the world

Bild: Teckning av Nick Newman i The Spectator den 11 juli 2015.

OPINION | Fraser Nelson, redaktör på The Spectator, var på Gotland under Almedalsveckan. Det var ingen vacker bild han fick av Sverige.

sverige

Han rapporterar hur Sverige förändrats markant p.g.a. av den massiva invandringen under senare år. ”This has changed the look and feel of several Swedish cities”, skriver han i tidskriften.

Nelson konstaterar att Sverigedemokraterna har gynnats av detta eftersom inget annat parti vågar ta i frågan.

En annan sak som sticker ut är rasismen som riktas mot judar i Sverige. Och som vanligt är det Malmö som får stå i skamvrån.

Det räcker med andra ord för en utländsk gästa att besöka Sverige under några timmar för att han skall dra någotsånär kloka slutsatser om läget i landet.

Slutsatser som ingen partistrateg, än mindre någon partiledare eller partisekreterare, verkar våga dra i vare sig regeringen, hos deras stödparti eller inom Alliansen.

Är det konstigt att Sverigedemokraterna skördar framgång efter framgång i opinionsundersökningar?

Nelson skriver:

To the island of Gotland for Sweden’s annual political festival — elegantly flat-packed into a few days, rather than the weeks of party conferences to which Brits are subjected. Each party has a dedicated day but everyone mixes. I spot the leader of the Christian Democrats; she’s 28 years old. (‘It’s the new 45!’ explains one of her staffers). Party leaders mix with dog-walkers in the park and anyone can turn up to speeches. Quite a contrast to Britain, where party conferences are sealed off from the public by a ring of steel. Things could go wrong — a recent Nordic noir novel imagines Sweden’s entire political class held hostage in Almedalen, the festival site. But the worst that has actually happened was a feminist shaking her naked breasts at the Prime Minister. It’s a risk that the Swedes are prepared to run.

The Woodstock mood of this conference has been rather dampened of late by the presence of the Sweden Democrats, a populist anti-immigration party who now have enough seats to qualify for their own day in Almedalen. Everyone else talks about how to crush the party, but not many talk about the issues that trouble its voters. It’s a fairly typical problem in Scandinavia, which is why, for the first time since the war, only one nation — Sweden — has a social democratic party in power. Populists have felled all the others, and felled Sweden’s conservatives last year.

The problem is fairly obvious to any visitor to Stockholm. The authorities have become so welcoming to immigrants that they are turning a blind eye to misbehaviour, leaving Romanian beggars free to patrol the city’s underground and even camp in the shopping streets. This has changed the look and feel of several Swedish cities. To make matters worse, the government’s euphemism for beggars is ‘EU migrants’, as if all this was the natural result of immigration, rather than poor policing. Tragically, Sweden’s openness is now eating itself, as many voters have come to associate immigration with social decay and disorder.

One woman tells me that she and others now accompany Jews on their way home from the synagogue in Malmö to protect them from Muslim gangs. Such stories are enough to make Swedes wonder whether the government has lost control. My job is to talk about Britain’s ability to integrate immigrants — which, I argue, has been a standout success. Newcomers find work fairly easily here, our police keep order fairly well, and our far-right party, the BNP, was crushed at the general election (its support fell 99.7 per cent).

Models sunbathing, wearing latest beach fashions.

Bild: Nina Leen – The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images. 

Kniv i ryggen

Chris Lehane, politisk rådgivare, om presidentvalskampanjer:

In the last five days, it always comes down to a knife fight in a telephone booth.

TAL | När Almedalen nu är över för den här gången, och alla partiledare åkt hem, kan det vara läge att lyssna på en riktig talare.

För snart sjuttio år sedan, närmare bestämt den 5 mars 1946, höll Storbritanniens tidigare premiärminister Winston Churchill ett tal i Fulton, Missouri.

Talet anses vara det viktigaste Churchill höll under åren 1945-1951 som oppositionsledare.

I talet varnade han för att en järnridå sänkt sig över Europa: ”From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”

Enligt Churchill gjorde detta att relationen mellan USA och Storbritannien – ”a special relationship” – blivit än mer betydelsefull p.g.a. av kommunismens och Sovjetunionens anstormning i Europa och världen.

Talet anses allmänt ha fått västvärldens ledare att inse att Sovjetunionen inte längre var den allierade man lärt känna under andra världskriget. I stället gick världen in i en ny tid av kallt krig med supermakten i öst.

Talet kallas allmänt för Churchills ”Iron Curtain Speech” men heter egentligen “The Sinews of Peace”.

It is my duty however, for I am sure you would wish me to state the facts as I see them to you, to place before you certain facts about the present position in Europe.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. Athens alone-Greece with its immortal glories-is free to decide its future at an election under British, American and French observation. The Russian-dominated Polish Government has been encouraged to make enormous and wrongful inroads upon Germany, and mass expulsions of millions of Germans on a scale grievous and undreamed-of are now taking place. The Communist parties, which were very small in all these Eastern States of Europe, have been raised to pre-eminence and power far beyond their numbers and are seeking everywhere to obtain totalitarian control. Police governments are prevailing in nearly every case, and so far, except in Czechoslovakia, there is no true democracy.

[…]

The safety of the world requires a new unity in Europe, from which no nation should be permanently outcast. It is from the quarrels of the strong parent races in Europe that the world wars we have witnessed, or which occurred in former times, have sprung. Twice in our own lifetime we have seen the United States, against their wishes and their traditions, against arguments, the force of which it is impossible not to comprehend, drawn by irresistible forces, into these wars in time to secure the victory of the good cause, but only after frightful slaughter and devastation had occurred. Twice the United States has had to send several millions of its young men across the Atlantic to find the war; but now war can find any nation, wherever it may dwell between dusk and dawn. Surely we should work with conscious purpose for a grand pacification of Europe, within the structure of the United Nations and in accordance with its Charter. That I feel is an open cause of policy of very great importance.

Mer: I BBC:s arkiv kan man avlyssna talet i sin helhet. The Churchill Centre har en hemsida där man kan läsa hela texten.

John Major

Bild: The Independent. Se och läs mer här och här.

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