Almost a month after the 9/11 general election, Sweden is still looking for a government. Having emerged victorious from the polls, the conservative liberal right and the far right are negotiating in utmost secrecy. Pending an agreement, the four parties that make up the new majority have already shared several key positions in Parliament. Among the most controversial appointments, that of Richard Jomshof, secretary of the nationalist party of the Democrats of Sweden (SD), chosen to chair the justice commission.
A member of the SD since 1999, this 53-year-old former teacher close to Jimmie Akesson, the party leader, has become famous for his incendiary positions on Islam in particular, a religion “abominable” like her “mostly played in the Muslim world” And “Worse than Christianity in every way”. It often mixes “Islamic” And “Islam”which he also referred to as “Undemocratic, violent and misogynistic religion / ideology”in a tweet, on 1uh October.
For Richard Jomshof, his appointment is none other than a “milestone” in the history of his party. In Sweden, he has sparked a new debate within an intelligentsia that has been constantly split into tweets and editorials since 9/11 between a group that sees the progress of SD and their alliance with the right one. “threat to democracy” and the others, who instead defend the rapprochement with this movement, in the name of this very democracy. Two sides that today seem irreconcilable.
No rally after SD score
After the elections, those who, identifying with the left, the center and even the liberal party, had warned against the demonization of the SD by the right seemed banned. As if they had never believed that the victory of the right-wing bloc was possible. In September 2010, more than 10,000 people demonstrated in Stockholm to protest against the entry of the far right into Parliament. The SD historical score did not cause any rallies this year.
As the days went by, the columnists of the major newspapers took the pen to denounce “illiberalism” of the SD, which fits perfectly, as the liberal newspaper recalls Dagens Nyheter after the victory of Georgia Meloni’s post-fascist party in Italy, “in a larger movement” in Europe. The newspaper rebels against the Conservative party, which pretends to ignore it and describes it “SD more and more often as one formation among others”.
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