Fredrik Reinfeldt was Sweden’s Prime Minister from 2006 until 2014. He has marketed himself as a friendly family man in Sweden and abroad. Reinfeldt, Carl Bildt and Anders Borg are often regarded as a dream team. Borg is credited with shielding Sweden from the disastrous effects of the 2008 recession which is why international observers are confused as to why they didn’t win this years election. As a Swede who has followed the election closely there could be no other outcome mainly due to Reinfeldts infamous speech. Prior to delving into recent events lets delve into Reinfeldts past.
In 1993 he wrote a book called “The dormant population”. An amusing journey in a dystopian Sweden where people are comatised by the benefits they receive. Having worked in most of Sweden’s no-go zones and ghettos I can agree that welfare is a lovely in principle but detrimental in reality. Human beings become dependent on the state and expect it to solve their self-inflicted problems. You didn’t come here for a book review or a rant so I shall cut to the chase; there is one noteworthy quote from his book that is worth keeping in mind with regard to his actions later on.
“We do not want a society where people starve, but other than that nothing shall be financed by the state” – Fredrik Reinfeldt
All is fair in love and war
By the year 2002 a bunch of countries had obtained the same currency so they could blame each other when things turned sour, an African dictator or two had been toppled and a group of jihadists with poor landing skills managed to wreck Islam’s reputation in a single day.
Meanwhile in Sweden the Moderate party suffered a grueling loss in the 2002 election. This created a power vacuum allowing Reinfeldt to step into his big boy shoes as the new party leader of the Moderate Party. By American standards, I think it is safe to say, that they would be considered left of the Democrats but in Sweden they are regarded as the bourgeoisie party. This can be explained by Sweden’s recurring flirts with their inconsistent and disappointing lover; Socialism. Reinfeldt was no fool and realized that Swedes have a tendency to lean to the left and he knew that he needed to counter-act the ingrained belief that his party only cater to the rich and wealthy.
3 years passed and in 2005 he rebranded his party and the fresh “New Moderates” emerged with a red coating. They marketed themselves successfully to the traditionally Socialist voter and formed a coalition with 3 other liberal parties.
- The New Moderates, Peoples Party, Christian Democrats and the Centre Party formed a coalition known as: The Alliance
- The Opposition was led by the Social(ist)-Democrats, Communist Party and the Environmental Party. I shall refer to them as: The Axis
- The Sweden Democrats are the loners. They are pariah, anti-immigration and are the one group you can hate openly in Sweden without being punished. I shall refer to them as: The Populists
In the subsequent election of 2006 the Alliance steamrolled over the Marxist opposition and the Moderates experienced their most successful election since 1928. They got off to a rough start with certain ministers under fire and…
…the 2008 financial crisis, which wrecked havoc in Europe and abroad. Anders Borg and his lackeys in the government decided that austerity measures were the way to go and two years later Sweden appeared to be doing better than the rest of the world. Due to the pattern-seeking nature of humans, journalists saw cause and effect between the measures instated by Anders Borg, the Swedish Central Bank and Sweden’s economic recovery.
In 2010 the Alliance used their success during the financial crisis to win the election once more unfortunately the victory was not as great for Swedes were starting to get fed up with the cracks that were starting to show in the “Humanitarian Superpower”.
- Why did a politician in Reinfeldts party argue that Sweden could experience civil war in the next 20 years?
- What are Reinfeldts motives and what is a “humanitarian superpower”?
Part 2 – Coming Soon
A wise man once said:
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely
Lord Acton (1834-1902)