December 30, 2014
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the shill center-right have weaselled their way out of emergency elections next year in Sweden wherein the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats would have cleaned up.
In the wake of the announcement, dubbed the ‘December agreement’ on Saturday morning, Mattias Karlsson has reacted with fury and said he planned to call for a vote of no confidence in the current Prime Minister.
“He doesn’t deserve to govern Sweden,” Karlsson told the TT news agency.
The ‘December agreement’ was thrashed out over the Christmas period and effectively means a minority government can rule without obstruction.
Both the ruling Social Democrat-Green coalition as well as Sweden’s centre-right Alliance parties pushed through the arrangement after the Sweden Democrats sank the government’s budget in December and triggered a political crisis.
Only the Left Party and the Sweden Democrats were absent from the press conference in which the announcement was made.
In a press statement the Left party leader Jonas Sjöstedt said he welcomed the announcement and pledged to co-operate with the government and influence policies going forward.
But Karlsson, the acting leader for the nationalist anti-immigration Sweden Democrats said:
“I think it’s startling that they go against the fundamental principles of democracy. What it’s done is introduce a set of rules where a minority can control a majority”.
He added: “The Alliance has practically given up its role as the opposition. With that the Sweden Democrats are now the leading opposition party.”
Karlsson, who is filling in for Jimmie Åkesson who is on sick leave, said he intends to call for a vote of no-confidence in Stefan Löfven as a matter of urgency.
And before you even bother to type it: yes, we are aware that SD could be much more hardcore, and in fact has Jewish connections. And before you even bother to type “oh Andre, it is so much more than that…” please understand the argument: support for SD shows support for an anti-immigrant agenda, regardless of the actual nature of the party itself. And that is a very good thing.