Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Farage’s brand-new ‘Brexit Party’ refuses to publish a manifesto, or to recruit members. So it’s difficult to know what it stands for, apart from (obviously) Brexit, and of the ‘hardest’ kind, and of course Farage himself. It has also found … Continue reading

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Assange and Swedish Law

More grist to Assange’s mill. https://www.globalresearch.ca/head-swedish-bar-association-condemns-handling-assange-case-uk-sweden-deplorable/5677741 It’s mainly a recognition of the flaws in any new Swedish extradition case against Assange, which his supporters have known about from the start. But it also bears on the crucial question of his … Continue reading

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Sweden: The Other Side

We Brits living in Sweden have a number of very informative and useful Facebook groups devoted to us. Most of the conversations posted there lately have focussed on the impact of Brexit on us, and carry advice about applying for … Continue reading

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Sweden’s Dodgy Past

From today’s Guardian, by a Swedish author:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/14/sweden-far-right-wartime-past?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0Jlc3RPZkd1YXJkaWFuT3BpbmlvblVLLTE5MDUxNA%3D%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=BestOfGuardianOpinionUK&CMP=opinionuk_email. This will be uncomfortable reading for many native Swedes, as it was for me as a ‘new Swede’; although, to be fair, I and most of my Swedish friends were already aware of … Continue reading

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Labour or Euro?

Just three days now until re-entry to the toxic planet called Britain. I chose this time to return in order to be able to vote in the EU elections. As a dual national, I could vote here in Sweden, but … Continue reading

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Assange Re-opened

So, Swedish prosecutors have decided to re-open the ‘rape’ case against Julian Assange: https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/swedish-prosecutors-reopen-inquiry-into-rape-allegation-against-julian-assange/ – from Dagens Nyheter, but in English. Does this mean he will be tried in Sweden? Who makes that decision? I must say I’m a little surprised, … Continue reading

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Moonpig and Privacy

Yesterday morning a happy event occurred in my step- (in Swedish ‘bonus’-) family. I spread the news to my own children via  e-mail and text-messaging – but NOT on Facebook. Less than 24 hours later I received an email from … Continue reading

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Joseph Martin Who?

How about a nice piece of music? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg9CBBd3vZ8 Wasn’t that splendid? I ‘discovered’ Joseph Martin Kraus long before I came to Sweden, and was surprised when I arrived here to discover how little he was known in his adopted country. … Continue reading

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A ‘Free Press’? You Must Be Joking

Anyone who still thinks that we have a free press in Britain, in any meaningful sense, should watch this. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=604221586603881 It’s old, but telling. – In fact our press is about as ‘free’ as the Mafia was in 1920s America, … Continue reading

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And in Sweden…

‘Anti-semitism’ on the Left is an issue here in Sweden too. https://ledarsidorna.se/2019/05/socialdemokraterna-ansvarigt-for-ssus-antisemitism/ Again, it’s the Social Democrats’ sympathy for the Palestinians that appears to lie at the root of the charge.

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