SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 1 2015
Is the right given a fair choice?
When Fredrik Reinfeldt was elected chairman of the Moderate Party in
2003 (in 2006 he became Prime Minister) hundreds of thousands of Swedes
were denied a political home. The Moderates turned into the fourth or
fifth party in the crowded middle of the political spectrum.
Persons from the political right were denied a fair choice in politics.
Now the Christian Democrats seem ready to try a go at the political right.
The proposed chairman of the party, Ebba Busch Thor, says that she will
appeal to the political right. It sounds nice, but is it true? The Christian
Democrats have a large group whose most important issues are generous
welfare benefits and international aid. Not a working economy and low
taxes. We wish her good luck, but wait with praise until she has shown
The political opposition can win parliamentary votes, but
to no use,
by C G Holm
"The Cabinet governs the realm" is the words of the first chapter's
sixth article in the Swedish constitution. This implies that when the
Parliament has one view and the Cabinet another it is hard for the Parliament
to get things done. With the present minority government it is obvious
that the Parliament will say no to a number of Cabinet bills. But the
practice used in Parliament will make it very unlikely that Parliament
itself will be able to introduce measures of their own, that will have
practical consequences in society.
Les extrêmes ses touchent
by Kjell Albin Abrahamson
A memorial should be raised on Åsgatan in the town of Falun, at
the site of the old Hotel Astoria. At that hotel in December 1940 a historical
meeting took place between the pioneering Swedish communist Nils Flyg
and the front man of the Swedish nazis, Birger Furugård. The men
hade a nice meeting in a cooperative spirit during the height of the Molotov-Ribbentrop
pact. Exactly thirty years later the hotel was visited by 13 year old
Osama bin Ladin, the most frightening beacon of modern islamism. Three
of the world's worst ”isms” at the very same hotel. Only two
at the same time, but still...
Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the West
by C G Holm
After ten years in prison camps in Siberia and Karelia Mikhail Khodorkovsky
was released at the end of 2013. Once he was the richest man in Russia.
Khodorkovsky immediately moved to the West and promised that he should
not be active in politics. Now, a year after his release, he is finally
starting to talk.
Climatophobia and islamic agony, but papers write about climate
agony and islamophobia
by Filip Björner
Propagandistic journalists can deceive in many ways. The straightest
way is to publish outright lies. But there are other more sophisticated
ways. one is to put focus on feelings instead of facts. A suggestive way
is to claim that there is agony, which could be related to emotions. And
today agony is linked to climate change, not islamism. And the other way
around. Islamophobia is the sickness of the day, while no one talks of
Terror in Paris
by Allan C. Brownfeld
Is the West prepared to meet jihadists returning from Syria or Iraq?
The Regulation Council – a political failure
by Fredrik Runebert
The Regulation Council (Regelrådet) was created in order to reduce
administrative costs for companies. The Council studies if cost studies
are made in the proper way, when government agencies introduce new regulations.
The former center-right government put up the goal of reducing administrative
costs for companies by 25 per cent in four years, starting 2006. The objctive
has not yet been achieved! The 25 per cent objective has been scrapped
and the Regulation Councils integrated into the Growth Agency. The reduction
of regulation costs have been minimial and the quality of the cost studies
that is a must for goverment agencies, seems to be very low.
Je suis Charlie Martell
Charles the Hammer crushed moslem conquerors, by Tommy Hansson
You have heard ”Je suis Charlie Hebdo”, spread over the world
after the jihadist attack in Paris. There should be a more traditional
version, "Je suis Charlie Martell”, Charles Martell having
stopped the moslem conquest of Europe at Poitiers in France in 732.
The Karelian Isthmus 1944
by David Stavenheim
June 9 1944 is an incredible inferno on the Karelian Isthmus. It's the
start of the Soviet main attack against Finland, a country refusing to
be subdued by the Soviet Union. One of the biggest concentrations of artillery
in military history is concentrating against Finnish defense lines between
Leningrad and Helsinki, defense lines transformed into piles of sand and
soil. The sound of the artillery, firing continuously for ten hours, can
be heard all the way to Helsinki
Eastern Europe rearms
by C G Holm
Russian aggression and military build up make the new NATO members in
Eastern Europe buy new weapons and invest in military training in order
to be prepared against Russian military operations.