Sunday, September 19th, was Election Day in Sweden. The big question was whether or not the “racist” and “xenophobic” (you know the drill by now) Sweden Democrats would receive more than four percent of the vote, and thus qualify for representation in the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament.
In the 2006 elections, the party received 2.9 % and polls in the months and weeks prior to the 2010 elections had suggested between 4.1 and 4.8 %, thus leaving some suspense and uncertainty. To the horror of the Establishment, the premliminary results (absentee ballots not yet counted) indicate that SD won 5.7 %!
The overall results would give the “Red-Green Block” (Social Democrats, Communists and Greens) 157 seats, the ruling “Alliance” (Moderates, Liberals, Christian Democrats and the Center Party) 172 seats. SD will recieve 20 seats.
The math-oriented reader will deduce that the ruling Alliance will be three seats short of a working majority. SD has said they will act responsbily and will listen to any and all offers regarding parlamentary cooperation. All the seven Establishment parties continue to claim that they will never work with SD. The Alliance is flirting with the Greens to help forge a majority, but they claim they’ll never support a “right-wing” government.
The government does not have to resign unless a motion of no confidence is voted through the Riksdag and could concievably continue to govern with SD support, without acknowleding the support as such or even SDs existence.
The tone in the media seems to indicate that the entry of the SD into the Riksdag is the equivalent of a machtergreifung and soon the freight trains will start rolling to the camps. The truth is that SD started out as a close-to-neo-nazi group in the 80s and have slowly moved their positions in order to become electable. They are “proud friends of Israel” and have recently courted Arab Christians (although they want them expelled, eventually).
The long and short of it, is that SD is in a quandary that is typical for any “revolutionary” and/or “extreme” movement that works within the parlamentary system. It’s Principles vs Power and it’s not an easy predicament.
At the very least I believe that the debate climate will be freer and the taboo of even discussing the multi-culti misery might loosen some.