by The Participator – 9 Sep 2018
Our weekly roundup of news and opinion articles that we thought were important, mostly UK news but foreign news stories of interest to us as well.
Elections are being held in Sweden this weekend. Anti-immigration parties are on the rise in the country, we are about to discover if the governing Social Democrats party will be displaced as the most popular party by the Sweden Democrats. From The Express:
Sweden election 2018 poll: Will Sweden Democrats win in the Sweden election?
According to the above article however, even if the Sweden Democrats get the most votes they will not be able to form a government due to Sweden’s system of proportional representation – it says that the other parties must agree to collaborate which is very unlikely.
This is the sort of thing they are up against, from Breitbart:
Sweden Election: Police Investigate After Islamist Threat to Execute Populist Leader’s Family
Sweden: Social Democrat Candidate Claims Islamic Law More Important than Swedish Law
We also came across this claim, from Tundra Tabloids:
Sweden: Muslim Greens candidate proposed selling votes to opposition party in exchange for mosque building permit…….
Even the right-wing press in the UK has been demonizing the rising anti-immigration parties. From The Daily Mail:
ROBERT HARDMAN: With Sweden poised for a massive swing to a party with neo-Nazi roots tomorrow… why is the most liberal country in Europe lurching to the Far Right?
A splinter anti-immigration party called the Alternative for Sweden was also formed but they are not likely to get a significant share of the vote. Gatestone Institute has some history of the political scene in Sweden:
Sweden’s Turbulent Election Year
Front Page Mag had an interesting article back in 2014 about the totalitarian suppression of freedom of expression in Sweden:
Sweden’s Totalitarian Face
A book that may also be of interest by Roland Huntford is available here:
The New Totalitarians
The Chemnitz murder and protests continued to receive wide coverage as a German intelligence chief apparently cast doubt on a video that had supposedly shown “far-right” protestors attacking and “hunting” migrants. From Bild via Breitbart:
Chemnitz: Intelligence Chief Says ‘No Evidence’ Anti-Migrant Attack Video Is Authentic
“I share the scepticism towards media reports of right-wing extremists chasing down [foreigners] in Chemnitz,” Hans-Georg Maassen told the Bild newspaper on Friday …
“Based on my cautious assessment, there are good reasons to believe that this was intentional false information, possibly to detract attention from the murder in Chemnitz”
Merkel may possibly have been guilty of quoting fake news on the Chemnitz story then. The BBC had also reported on the story:
Chemnitz protests: Far right on march in east Germany
The seemingly spontaneous outbreak of violent xenophobia has shocked many in Germany.
Pictures of demonstrators openly using the Nazi salute – a criminal offence in Germany – chasing and attacking people of foreign appearance and flinging bottles and fireworks have horrified many Germans, for whom the legacy of World War Two is a lasting belief that this country bears a special responsibility to fight any form of fascism.
The claims about demonstrators using the Nazi salute have also been challenged. From Jihad Watch:
German media admits: Man who made Hitler salute at Chemnitz rally is actually a Leftist infiltrator
We wonder if the parliamentary fake news inquiry will be investigating the BBC:
‘Fake news’ inquiry launched
A video was circulating widely that showed protestors complaining to a left wing politician about migrant misdemeanors and the mis-representation of the protests:
Fed-Up Citizens Run Into Pro-Migrant Politician, Force-Feed Her Dose Of Own Medicine
UKIP Daily also has an interesting story about a concert that was apparently organized with busloads of youngsters coming in from some way away (we have not been able to verify this claim from other sources but the concert crowd was certainly huge):
FURTHER UPDATE AFTER LAST NIGHT’S PUNK ROCK CONCERT ‘AGAINST THE RIGHT’
However - those who came to the concert came because it was free, because free coach trips from all over Germany had been organised, and because they had the time to do so. The concert started at 5 p.m. on a Monday, when most people are just about leaving work. and the travel times involved and you can guess what group was there: mostly the 18-30 year olds: students, pupils, non-working Germans.
Deutsche Welle also had an article on the concert with pictures:
Chemnitz rocks against the far-right
So, it starts to seem as if maybe the left-wing protest against the main protest wasn’t very spontaneous, which contrasts with the BBC account we quoted above that referred to a “seemingly spontaneous outbreak of violent xenophobia” that possibly (according to the German intelligence chief) didn’t even happen.
In what is thought to be the first incident of its kind, a migrant was shot dead (although accidentally) by border guards in Bulgaria while trying to breach the border. From The Guardian:
Afghan refugee shot dead by police while trying to enter Bulgaria
From il Giornale (via Pamela Geller), a report that a police commissioner was attacked in his own home by a gang of migrants who left him bloodied:
Italy: Police commissioner ATTACKED by migrants with razor blades in his OWN HOME, Matteo Salvini blasts EU migrant crisis, ‘Insane!’
The news on the Brexit front this week is that the Chequers Deal is definitely dead. From The Express:
Brexit BOMBSHELL: France REJECTS Chequers plan throwing exit talks into CHAOS
The Chequers Deal is also alive however according to some:
‘Chequers is still ALIVE’ Brexiteer MP denies reports Barnier branded deal as ‘DEAD’
A group of 60 Conservative MPs want to kill it again though (we thought it was already dead). From The Telegraph:
Sixty Conservative MPs to launch plan to take down Theresa May’s Chequers deal this weekend
Remember Nick Clegg telling us that rumours of an EU army were a “dangerous fantasy”? Some things you just never live down. From The Express:
‘Why are our troops wearing EU flag?’ Furious Brexiteer MP demands ANSWERS in Parliament
From the Express:
‘Where’s OUR NAVY?’ UK fishermen demand ACTION as ‘French warship BLOCKS our waters’
From The Express:
‘Irexit means FREEDOM’ New party calling for Ireland to leave EU launches TODAY
Apparently a lot of our money (£1.7 million) has gone down the drain in the Tower Hamlets voting fraud investigation. From Breitbart:
No Charges Brought For Tower Hamlets Electoral Fraud After £1.7m Probe
From The Independent:
Government plans to jail Britons entering ‘designated areas’ abroad for 10 years under new terror laws
Amendments to Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill would also see people jailed for viewing terrorist material online on a single occasion
From The Telegraph:
Universities must give more top degrees to black students, under new proposals by regulator
The TV presenter Kay Burley caused consternation recently when she made a joke about Simon Weston the Falklands War hero. Apparently to show how completely out of touch with the UK public they are, ITV have rewarded her by creating a program called the Kay Burley show:
Sky News announces new daytime Kay Burley Show and other schedule changes in bid to give channel ‘more personality’
A petition calling for Ms. Burley to apologize to Mr. Weston has reached 68,294 signatures at the time of writing:
Sky’s Kay Burley must apologise to Simon Weston over comparing him to women wearing Burqas
UKIP’s NEC is apparently voting this weekend on whether to allow Tommy Robinson to join the party. From The Daily Mail:
Ukip could vote to let EDL founder Tommy Robinson in as a member at crunch meeting amid fears the party is being targeted by the far-right
Note - Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up, these are just the items that particularly caught our eye this week, and (where indicated) they are not always about recent events.
Note - Please note that we are dependent on the veracity of news reports provided by other news sources. It is not our intention to knowingly quote “Fake News” (except where stated as satire), but we do sometimes quote the BBC when other sources are unavailable.
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