torsdag, augusti 11, 2005

Sweden's Orwellian Right

Yesterday, the website of the Moderate Party said that they want rents to be decided on the market. But Fredrik Reinfeldt, the party leader, was in television at night saying they still want regulated rents. In radio this morning, the spokesperson Mikael Odenberg tried to say that they've always thought that. Anders Ygeman, Social Democrat, had the Moderate reservation from Parliament from May this year saying the want market rents, and repeated over and over again what the website said yesterday.

The manouvre reminds me of George Orwell's 1984, where the Ministry of Truth's big task is to constantly change history to make it consistent with the regime's contemporary policy. "Oceania is at war with Eurasia, and we have always been at war with Eurasia"...

2 kommentarer:

McGregor sa...

This is excellent news. We have had the same success in the UK by never allowing the Tories to change their policies without explaining why. If they used to think that people should be charged the market rate, why did they change their mind? If they think that now then they should explain it. Either way, can anyone really question that the Moderates have a hard-right heart beating underneath their brand new soft-Blairite image? Just asking the question... ;-)

Peter Gustavsson sa...

I'm right now reading what Fredrik Reinfeldt accually wrote ten years ago when he was chair of the Moderate Youth. Among other things, he spoke about the Swedes being "brainwashed" by Social Democracy and "mentally disabled". His books are Thatcherism in it's purest form. But without a Winter of Discontent, a split of the Labour Party and a Falklands War it's difficult to perform a Thatcherite revolution in Sweden. So they need to do it by stealth instead. But we'll stop them!