Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sweden: Opposition leaders united on tax cuts

Opposition leaders united on tax cuts

The conservative opposition parties have come to an "historic agreement" over reforms to the Swedish taxation system. Buoyed with confidence following a two-day meeting in Bankeryd, the leaders of the four parties announced plans to invest at least 45 billion kronor in cuts in income tax. The leader of the Moderate Party, Fredrik Reinfeldt, declared that there is no longer a question mark over whether the conservative alliance was ready for power. Specifically, the agreement means that a conservative government - assuming, of course, that they pull off a victory in the September 2006 election - will initiate a 37 billion kronor cut in income tax by the end of 2007.

Conservative tax promises please Persson

Prime minister, Göran Persson, believes the conservative alliance's promises to make sweeping tax cuts plays into his hands with the election just over a year away. "Their proposal is very clear and demonstrates exactly the kind of things we've accused them of in the past. The election will be fought on our social model. If the conservatives win and get the chance to attack sick and unemployment benefit, that'll just be the beginning. This gives us the kind of election campaign we want." Persson responded by announcing some new initiatives from the Social Democrats: raised upper income thresholds for maternity and paternity pay and increased sick pay. They will also seek to alter the threshold for unemployment benefit so that more qualify to receive the maximum benefit of 80% of their latest salary.

"Give people in suburbs job preference"

Trying to get a job in Sweden can become a full-time occupation in itself. For people living in “segregated areas” it’s a near impossibility. That’s according to the government's discrimination investigator who wants to see them given preference in the job market. Employers should be forced to offer jobs to those living in segregated areas providing they have the same qualifications as other applicants. Kamali says the proposal shouldn't be seen as positive discrimination of immigrants. He believes it would benefit everyone, including Swedes, living in these segregated areas. "The government must act quickly and take drastic measures to combat discrimination and the rising ethnic segregation," he concluded.

From Radio Sweden:

The majority of Swedes support multi-culturalism here but would prefer to distance themselves from Muslim communities. That’s the finding of the latest integration survey.


At September 01, 2005 6:33 PM, Blogger Herr Unswedenizer said...

"The conservative opposition parties..." -- such a joke!

There are no conservative opposition parties in Sweden. Someone else that needs to update his terminology...

There are only dhimmi-parties, dhimmi-light and the dhimmis-of-the-dhimmis. The most right-wing party you get in Sweden are called "The Moderates" -- go figure!

Many Swedes consider it to be extremist to be a "Moderate" (No I'm not kidding).

At September 01, 2005 6:43 PM, Blogger John B said...

Re: "The majority of Swedes support multi-culturalism here but would prefer to distance themselves from Muslim communities. That’s the finding of the latest integration survey."

Sounds to me like a bit of politically correct hypocricy that will come back to bite them in the ass.

At September 01, 2005 11:25 PM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

I don't know if you have read this articleSweden will get Jihad but whether it is true or not, if I was a Swede I wouldn't be worrying about legislating to give Muslims jobs to keep them sweet, I would be wanting to know if these guys existed, who they were were, and where they were.
As for the snooty little creeps in Brussels, tell them to go count the crosses in the war cemetaries with British names on them.

At September 02, 2005 12:21 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

The majority of Swedes support multi-culturalism here but would prefer to distance themselves from Muslim communities.

In effect they do not like muslims at all, but as they have a reputation of tolerance to keep up, they would rather that muslims lived in their own communities. A severe case of hypocrysy and moral cowardice.

If this is representative of Swedes in general, it goes some way to explain the attitudes of some Swedes.

So what is different from this Swedish attitude, and that which requires that muslims live in their own communities in dar ul islam. After all that is what the nation state is about - a coomunity of like minded people.


At September 02, 2005 2:18 AM, Blogger TheKaffir said...

The only way that multiculturalism works is if the minorities effectively blend into the majority culture. That is, speak the language and adopt many of the customs of the majority. That is not to say you can't have differences. But I don't think that you can make fundamentalist Muslims fit in with Scandanavians. It just isn't going to work.


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