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The royal wedding

During the last week the number of fires has increased disquietingly. The façade of the rich and harmonious Swedish society, that the government is trying to keep up, is falling into pieces and this during the most inappropriate time in Sweden’s history ever, the royal family’s and the community’s preparation for the royal wedding between the crown princess Victoria and her husband and prince to be.

The discrepancy of the glamorous wedding and the ferocious fire-raising in the suburbs is striking. The immigrants in the suburbs of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Tynnered, Malmo, Halmstad, Boras and Sodertalje and so on seem to have a certain grudge against schools (the list’s number two to set on fire after cars – almost 1 000 cars were set on fire in 2009 according to the Swedish TV News “Rapport”), since they are the buildings that are mostly set on fire. In 2009, 457 schools were reduced to ashes, which is a redoubling over the last ten years. This amounts to more than a school every day the year around. Only in Gothenburg, about ten fires were staged in one night the last week.

Let’s look a bit further into what happened int the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on the 9 and 10 June, where the police station and also the newly built school were burnt out. Some young med in their twenties were not let into an end-of-term party. For two nights they ran amok.

The firemen couldn’t start putting out the fire directly, since they were attacked by the perpetrators with paving-stones. They cannot turn out without police escort any longer, and in this case, the police was not even a protection. Nowadays this is normalized behaviour among immigrant youths and young immigrant men in these suburbs when the fire brigade arrive. So the authorities have now decided to remove all the paving-stones from Rinkeby.

One of the perpetrators was interviewed on the TV news. With a hidden face, he says with his immigrant accent: “We don’t have anything against the fire brigade. It’s the police that we are att war with”.

The police station in Rinkeby

The image above says everything about the breakdown of Sweden’s police. It is the assailants who have the power and the orderly people have to hide. The hooligans state that they are provoked by the police, but it is an excuse. The police make up the last obstacle for them to take over and strike all society with terror. Yet another explanation is that the police is not enough severe. They don’t seize the youths that commit crimes. Instead crime becomes something trendy. Without punishment for the terror the youths become increasingly cocky. At last there is an outburst.

The police and the Swedish judicial system have surrendered. Crime is not taken seriously any longer and that is why criminality is allowed to spread. The police only turn out when the crime is far too apparent and then it is too late.

Even though the monarchy in one way is an anachronism, it could play an important role in stabilizing a Sweden that is falling to pieces. We should not be forced to hope for the monarchy to catch at a straw, but when popularly elected politicians don’t want to face the problems and take on the responsibility, and when their silence is deafening, there are not many alternatives left. And a monarchical action is indeed far better than a military one.

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The Swedish code of laws

The Swedish government intends to change the Swedish constitution. In order to do this there is a need for two parliamentary decisions with an election in between. Since there will be an election in September, the government was in a hurry to vote for this decision now before the MPs go on holiday so that they can deal with the issue after the election again – provided that they get the necessary majority in order to do so.

The contents of the government bill gives every reason for concern. The Ministry of Justice describes the amendments as extensive, and they are indeed so extensive that they in practice reshape all the public power. The main function of the constitutional government bill is to further centralize the political power to the hands of the State. The main features that are alarming are: (links to different sources)

- There is a far-reaching discussion on why it is a good idea to restrict the free right of nomination at general elections. There is in other words just a question of time until such restrictions will take place.

- It will not be possible to freely add candidates on ballots on the election day

- There will be a stronger barrier against small parties at the municipal level.

- Municipalities and county councils are defined without being given today’s power of taxation. The municipal self-government has a long history and is thus put an end.

- The principle of public access to official records is abolished for backup copies.

- Introduction of secret government meetings, that have always been public, this means that the government can legislate without the presence of the supervision of the public. Thus people cannot know anything about how or why the MPs voted as they did.

- The power of the State is dissociated even more from the people since you cannot bring a lawsuit against an MP at office without the permission of the parliament with a five sixth majority.

- The cabinet ministers must be Swedish citizens. Earlier they had to have been Swedish citizens for 10 years in order to get such an appointment.

- The number of citizens who demand a municipal referendum will be 10% instead of earlier 5%. The result will continue to be solely ”advisory”.

- Multiculture becomes constitutional: unaccompanied refugee children partly get more constitutional rights than earlier.

- On the same time a policy that demands immigrants’ assimilation is rendered impossible. They get a constitutional right to be excused from becoming Swedish and learn the Swedish language. the State imposes thus a balkanization of the society that is paid by the majority.

- Swedes get the same rights as illegal immigrants. I many cases the constitution does not any longer comprise Swedish citizens. The word “citizen” is changed into “everybody”. In that way the constitution comprises immigrants, legal as well as illegal ones. This is certainly not explicit, but there is undoubtedly room for the fact that the law will be interpreted like this in practice.

- The right to use the military within the country against Swedes. This is contrary to what the military authorities themselves want.

This ambition to centralize the political power even more in Sweden is very alarming. That no debate exists is the strongest sign of the fact that the constitutional amendment without doubt is the biggest political piece of news i Sweden – everything according to the Swedish rule “the greater importance, the greater silence“. The changes will come into force in 2011, unless there is a formidable revolution among the party support of the electorate.

It also shows that the resolution was taken with acclamation and not by the ordinary way of voting: by pressing the yes or no button. By doing so, the decision of a single MP cannot be questioned – they are anonymous. We cannot know who voted for what. Acclamation means that there is no objections whatsoever among the 349 MPs, something that itself is serious.

Even worse is actually the fact that the committee that has prepared the government bill only claims for a partial approval. In other words there were objections in the committee that were not made public in the final discussion in the parliament. This is nothing less than a flagrant example of a full-scale palace coup!

The last – but not least – shocking part of this is that nothing has been mentioned about this in the Swedish media. Are the journalists so incompetent that they find the princess wedding more interesting? Or are they trying to conceal something from the people?

The constitutional amendment paves the way for the abolition of every part of the Swedish parliamentary democracy. Sweden is, in short, in bad trouble – economically, socially and constitutionally.

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