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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: June 06, 2014, 03:30:56 am
Looks like SD's chances of joining EFD is all of a sudden looking up.
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 06, 2014, 02:55:31 am
Chilling poll numbers from Demoskop today.

M - 18,5%
C - 5,3%
FP - 5,7%
KD - 4,8%

S - 29,1%
V - 8,1%
MP - 13,0%

SD - 10,0%
FI - 4,4%   

The trends from the EP election seems to show up here. The Moderates are doing terribly, C and KD sllightly gaining to above 4%. Sweden Democrats, the Greens, and Feminists are doing strong. The Social Democrats surprisingly weak.

S+MP+FI government anyone?   
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of These Social Classes Do You Consider Yourself a Part Of? on: June 04, 2014, 02:21:10 pm
Solid middle-class. The family have never lacked anything, but neither have we lived in any sort of excess.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: unpopular or 'scary' animals you like on: June 04, 2014, 07:24:09 am
I'm not sure they count as unpopular, but bumble bees are one of my favourite animals.
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: June 02, 2014, 06:09:33 pm
I know this trend isn't unique to France, and that I'm the only one out here who feels strongly about this, but... it's terribly depressing and horrible.

Actually similar tendencies in Sweden (mostly fruitless so far) to restructure and merge regional and local government and remove powers from them the national government doesn't deem them to use properly is one of my greatest political annoyances. So I can sympathies with your pain.   
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you actually care about the world cup? on: June 02, 2014, 04:57:27 am
Yes. (Not Murican)
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you ever describe a meal from Denny's as "fabulous?" on: June 02, 2014, 04:53:36 am
It's extremely unlikely considering:

1) I refuse to use the word fabulous, as I think that would be submitting to suffocating and overused stereotypes about my people. Besides divine is the new fabulous.

2) I don't even know what Denny's is, which probably means it's not an established food chain in Sweden. Which in conclusion means it's unlikely that I will ever have the experience of enjoying a meal from said place, let alone the privileged of a fabulous meal.   

83  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: June 02, 2014, 04:40:31 am
In Sweden those who didn't belong to the state Church, the evangelicals, were traditionally supporting the liberals. Once the liberals became, well, liberal, the Christian Democrats eventually arose as a response.

When were the Liberals really liberal? I mean except maybe for a few years during Bengt Westerberg's reign.  Tongue
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: suggestion for this board on: June 01, 2014, 01:39:03 pm
I have updated the name of the Sweden thread to comply with this standard.

85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics on: June 01, 2014, 02:48:55 am
Your country is strange. Unions calling for a income tax decrease???  Unions aligned with the major centre-right party??? The major centre-right party being the opposition to an income tax decrease??? I don't even...
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: May 28, 2014, 04:47:52 pm
I admit some ignorance about the Centre Party's internal workings - what are the main differences between the three? Am I correct to cast Yngwe as slightly to the right of Johansson but to the left of Federley?

Federley is clearly the most principled liberal of the three, which I guess would put him economically on the right of the other two, who have a more traditional centrist bent. He's also very socially progressive.

When it comes to the other two, it's mostly a difference in style and tone.
Yngwe is young and female farmer who's a strong environmentalist and who has agricultural issues as her main focus who doesn't have a long back-ground in politics. Pretty perfect combination to appeal to most of the different factions in the party.

Kent Johansson is sort of bland. Most people I've met in the party agree that he's a good politician, not just very inspiring or charismatic. He's more of a support-tropes person, rather than one to stand on the front of a political battle.   
87  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: May 28, 2014, 03:12:35 pm
DF biggest party in a national poll for the first time ever. In a poll by YouGov for MetroExpress, DF is the biggest party. This is not very surprising days after they won the EP elections clearly and with the Liberals tormented by the expenses scandals of their leader, but nevertheless quite significant. No suprise that it's a YouGov poll either; they have consistenly been showing the highest DF results.

DF 23.9% 42 seats
Liberals 21.3% 38
Social Democrats 17.6% 31
Enhedslisten/Unity List 11.9% 21
Social Liberals 8.7% 15
Liberal Alliance 6.7% 12
SF 4.8% 9
Conservatives 4.2% 7
Christian Democrats 0.9% 0

Government + supporting parties = 76 seats
Opposition = 99 seats

With a result like this, could Thulesen Dahl become Prime Minister, or is DF still controversial enough that Venstre would refuse to enter a coalition with them?
88  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: May 28, 2014, 03:07:28 pm
2. Who will gain the Centre Party's mandate? Top candidate and incumbent Kent Johansson is anonymous and currently has only 11.03% of the personal votes, trailing both the no. 2 candidate Kristina Yngwe (chair of the Swedish Federation of Young Farmers) and the current leader, no. 3 on the list, Stockholm-based MP Fredrick Federley, who is aligned with the more right-wing turn of the Centre Party in contrast to the relatively traditional Kent Johansson. Federley looks likely to win, since most of Stockholm County (but not the City itself) is uncounted, but so is much of Johansson's base in rural Västra Götaland.

As you say, considering which parts are still uncounted, I think it's very unlikely that Yngwe or Johansson overtake Federley. I'll be rather satisfied as I personally do prefer him over Johansson, but I voted for Yngwe, so I'd be most happy with her. 
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: May 28, 2014, 11:13:14 am
OK, probably Rosenberg is just seen in Finland as a typical Swede concerning feminism (although she is actually Finn). Same time it was told that Göran Person considered himself feminist, that was interpreted as support to radical feminist world view ( an appeaser of radical feminism). 

Gustaf, I have never seen you to distance yourself from feminist demagogy.

What nonsense is that? I've never heard you once distance yourself from killing babies. That doesn't mean you support killing babies... I hope?

It'd be preferable if you based your claims on facts rather than stereotypes that might be common about Swedes in Finland, as there are quite some unflattering stereotypes people over here holds about Finnish people.

The idea of Persson being an appeaser of radical feminist is ridiculous.
 
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: May 28, 2014, 03:45:23 am
Yepp.

Maybe the EAF gets the Sweden Democrats back on board somehow ...

Unlikely, some of the parties in there are a bit too controversial for them, I think.

I'm not really sure why UKIP are so negative towards SD. They're by no means more radical than the Danish People's Party, so if they can be accepted in EFD, and even ECR I'm not sure why Ferage has a problem with SD. Besides, if the Danes and Finns leave for ECR, won't EFD have to find new people to cooperate with in order to reach the 7 countries requirement?
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: May 27, 2014, 04:56:39 pm
F! will support the Red-Greens though, so if they get above the 4% treshold it might not matter (though I guess Löfven would prefer not to rely on another party, particularly one led by Schyman)

Schyman is the least problem with F!. It should be remembered that she, back in her days as Left Party leader, cooperated for 9 years with Göran Persson, and they hated eachother. I mean really hated, you should hear some of the things they've said about eachother.

It's the other more dubious personalities in F! that would make life hard for our good friend Stefan. Let us not forget Tiina Rosenberg who lovingly exclaimed that all women who sleep with men are traitors of their gender.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the Following Exists on the Atlas Forum? on: May 26, 2014, 04:51:58 pm
Are you in one of your upset modes today Hifly? Do you want a cookie and a blanket?
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: May 26, 2014, 01:23:32 pm
Man, I can't believe they accidentally projected the results of that one ward in southeastern Stockholm as the national results! Could you believe that, the Greens second? The Moderates at 13.6%? Both the Feminists and the Sweden Democrats getting in? Hah!

...seriously, yikes. I'd give so much money to have been a fly on the wall at the Moderate leadership meeting last night.

"If there's one thing this election makes clear, it's that people should stop questioning whether KD and C will survive the 4% line in September, and start asking whether the Moderates will or not. Maybe it'll be us who gives them tactical votes."
- Quote from the Malmö Centre Election Watch yesterday. (mostly a joke) 

Man this was a crazy election. If someone had predicted this result two weeks ago I would have thought that person belonged in an asylum. Considering the circumstances I'm not that dissatisfied with the results.

The most annoying thing is having to read my bobo friends rant about SD's result on facebook for the next month.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: May 26, 2014, 12:55:05 pm
If Fredrik Reinfeldt hadn't been the incumbent PM (and it wan's a bit too late to rock the boat before the General Election) yesterday's catastrophic results might have very well have sent him packing.



If (and they probably will) the Liberal-Democrats receive a bad beating in 2015, all he'll be remembered for is as a failure. That's not much of a future for him.


It's a hard business, politics. It's a very thin and delicate line between becoming a hero and a laughing-stock.   
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Predictions Thread on: May 26, 2014, 06:45:21 am
My prediction for Sweden's 20 seats.

Social Democrats - 30,2% (+5,8) - 7 (+1)
Moderate Party - 20,7% (+1,9) - 5 (+1)
Green Party - 14,2% (+3,2) - 3 (+1)
Liberal People's Party - 9,0% (-4,6) - 2 (-1)
Left Party - 6,0% (+0,3) - 1 (nc)
Sweden Democrats - 4,5% (+1,2) - 1 (+1)
Feminist Initiative - 4,4% (+2,2) - 1 (+1)
Centre - 3,6% (-1,9) - 0 (-1)
Christian Democrats - 3,5% (-1,2) - 0 (-1)
Pirate - 3,0% (-4,3) - 0 (-2)

others - 0,9

And here is mine:

Social Democrats - 26,8% (+2,4) - 6 (+/-)
Moderate Party - 19,3% (+0,5) - 4 (+/-)
Green Party - 15,3% (+4,3) - 3 (+1)
Liberal People's Party - 8,7% (-4,9) - 2 (-1)
Left Party - 7,0% (+1,3) - 2 (+1)
Sweden Democrats - 6,6% (+3,3) - 1 (+1)
Centre Party - 4,6% (-0,9) - 1 (+/-)
Feminist Initiative - 4,3% (+2,1) - 1 (+1)
Christian Democrats - 3,6% (-1,1) - 0 (-1)
Pirate Party - 2,5% (-4,6) - 0 (-2)
June List - 0,9% (-2,7) - 0 (+/-)
others - 0,4



I was closer. Tongue

Though we both made horrible predictions in retrospect.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: May 25, 2014, 07:44:25 am
Sweden is projected to have increased turn-out compared to 2009. It's estimated it'll be over 50% turn-out for the first time in a EP election over here.
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you find Crawfish dirty? on: May 25, 2014, 06:43:10 am
I find them delicious
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the Following Exists on the Atlas Forum? on: May 24, 2014, 01:04:12 pm
there is a Gay Mafia on this forum.

Pardon, but we actually prefer the term Velvet Mafia.
99  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: May 24, 2014, 06:03:30 am
It's a bit late but since I worked for this website, I encourage you to check it out: http://www.euvox2014.eu/

I checked it out a few days ago. Interesting site. A few minor things that could have been fixed, but over-all one of the best "Which party do you align with" websites I've tried. Very good to hear a Atlas member was part  of working on it. Smiley
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: May 23, 2014, 05:00:50 am
Don't know if there's something scientific out there to analyze these situations, but I think weather could play at least a minor role.

Yeah I'm open to the idea that there might be two, three, or even as many as five,  slackers in Austria that might be so lazy some rain is the sole reason they can't bother to put on some pants and get themselves down to a polling station, and equally many mothers who might take their kids on a picnic in the beautiful weather and forgets to get home before polling closes. But that would have to be a very, very minor non-measurable effect. Tongue    


Thank you Italian-boy.
There we go, sunshine does not depress voter turn-out.

Can we now please leave this weather causes low-turnout speculation to sensationalist tabloid journalists that might or might not be French?
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