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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Børk! Børk! Børk!

It's a great life in Sweden, but Linda won't let me go"Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue, Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn børk! børk! børk!"

As predicted in the media for many days now and reflected in the political betting, Sweden's centre-right opposition bloc has defeated the ruling Social Democrat party in the country's closest-fought general election for decades.

I have long been a great supporter of the Swedish Social Democrats, although judging from the responses posted on the web in response to my blog articles and letters to "The Guardian" they are not necessarily supporters of me or my views.

This in part is due to the crass comments I made earlier when I attacked left-wing extremists in the UK, saying: "If you lot weren't such a distraction of energy and effort we might have the kind of society by now that Sweden does (the Swedish Social Democrats having very sensibly told their left to **** off and form another party and let them get on with building the world's finest welfare state)."

I went on to explain that the Swedish Social Democrats are pretty much invincible, writing in a letter to "The Guardian": "I do hope the Labour party will follow these aspects of the Swedish model. Tony Blair could perhaps take a leaf out of Tage Erlander's book. This should see him retire in 2020."

The Swedish opposition - the Moderates, Liberal People's Party, Christian Democrats and Centre Party - form a bloc to the single party of the Social Democrats, charmingly known as the "Bourgeois Bloc" (which, as I explained in a previous posting, is how I think of our four-party opposition in Hackney - the Tories, LibDems, Greens and Respect).

So, I was nearly right, then. I understand that, in his victory speech, Fredrik Reinfeldt announced urgent reforms to the Swedish welfare state. I just hope Tony doesn't take a leaf out of the SD book and...


Göran Persson said...

I dag ska jag räcker i min avsägelse som premiärminister. Jag ska för nedtransformering som partiledare i marschen. Vi har borttappadt valet, men vi är inte ett besegrat parti. Bra lycka till din Tony Blair och alla kandidater för brittisk partiledare.

iLikeAkehurstFanClub said...

Göran Persson said...
Today, I face my unseating as Prime Minister. I will step down as party leader in March. We have lost the vote, but we are not consigned to defeat. Good success to your Tony Blair and all candidates for British party leader.

Don't know what "avsäga" means but "avsadla" translates as unsaddle.

Göran Persson said...

Thankyou iLikeAkehurstFanClub for your translation. Actually I speak much better English than you speak Swedish, even after all these years of Sven teaching you how to do it.

This morning I was in a very piss-offy mood, even though I knewed that we were losing for many months now. When I said "Good luck to Tony Blair and all candidates for British party leader", actually what I meant was "f**k off the lot of you, I hope Tony is being unsaddled the same way that I was being.

Have a very good and comfortable night.