Friday, November 16, 2007

Why Don`t You Live There ?



Has anyone noticed that since we overtook Germany for high taxes , the focus of Left`s worship has been Sweden.? La Toynbee never stops about its virtues and I gather a couple of reports have added to the tumultuous applause of late . The achingly po-faced , Kira Cochrane ,the Women’s editor for the Guardian is on about the blond perfections in the New Statesman today.

We can see why they adore it . “Sweden has the highest total tax revenue as percentage of GDP of any other ranked country (as of 2005). It's also the only country in the world with a total tax revenue higher than 50 % of GDP” Niall Ferguson puts “State Governed Expenditure” at about 70% . So you work for the government creche to grave .It sounds awful but read on ....

They have the longest life expectancy in the world and the highest per capita ratio of Nobel Laureates. Politically correct to a nicety they have, ( according to the World Economic Forum” ), closed 80 % of the gender gap and thus, “serve as a useful benchmark for international comparisons”( We are 11th and the US.. ahem 31st just ahead of Kazakhstan ).Compulsory “parental” , not just maternity , leave adds up to 480 days per child and it was named as the “best country in Europe when it comes to welcoming immigrants “ Surely the economy must be in free fall?...Errrm no it isn`t actually .The World Economic forum pronounced it the fourth most competitive in the world .

It sounds like a miracle doesn’t it . It is of course nothing of the sort.


Two Swedish economists (of Timbro) recently published (Dec 2004 ) that asks how European countries would fare if suddenly admitted into the American union. The results? If the UK, France, or Italy became U.S. states, they would rank as the fifth poorest of the fifty, ahead only of Arkansas, Montana, West Virginia, and Mississippi. The richest EU country—Ireland—would be the 13th poorest. Sweden would be the 6th poorest. In fact, the study found that 40% of all Swedish households would classify as low-income in the U.S. So lets get it in proportion.
More importantly ,there are only nine million people in Sweden’s vastness . Inward migration from outside Europe is negligible and they sit on fabulous mineral , forestry and coal reserves . They are also possessors of along tradition of neutrality from which their economy stole a march on the rest in post war booms as fact conveniently forgotten by the left.... . We had the Nazis to fend off 60 million people to fit in ,plus a stream of world wide social problems to pay for . The per-capita wealth of the Swedes is just a trick of numbers..



The character of the Swedes seems peculiarly able to get by with trading material sufficiency for slavery anyway. They are robotically conformist and dull to the point of temple throbbing agony. For example, on September 3, 1967 at 5am, the whole country went from driving on the left to driving on the right, despite the fact that 80 per cent of the population had voted against the change in a referendum. Imagine trying the same stunt here ! Italy...forget about it . Alcohol is hard to get and punitively taxed and anecdotally ,there are few laughs, or even smile between the herd. It is well known that Sweden is always near the top of the suicide ratings for developed countries
This is what the Socialists dream of then . A supine downtrodden fat milch cow race of translucent flesh sacks kept sleek until 111 , able to produce broods of similarly bovine crèche fodder, all harvesting inherited wealth whilst staring at each other in the gloom. .....Could be


So what does Sweden really teach us ?

That it is possible to take a country swollen with resources , with endless space , no housing costs , and an educated work force and still make it the most misery sodden penumbrian wasteland in the Western World. What’s more , the left know it. In the old days there was the mystic grandeur of Mother Russia to pose against America’s supposed gaudy materialism .Now the socialist’ dream’ is reduced to a lie about a tiny country with a tinier soul. They would cut their own throats before they gave up their cheerful wine soaked posturing in our relatively free country. By coincidence the Swedes are starting to feel the same way about their stalag , under a new and less authoritarian government.


If you like it so much why don`t you live there ? It has always been a good question and it still is . I rank it right up there with “Where do you send your children to school then ?”

15 comments:

mutleythedog said...

Swedish girls are sexy though.. and I have grown some very nice Swedes in my allotment.

Newmania said...

Hey ho....

( I agree with your first comment though Mut...I once jostled horizontally with a girl who looked just like the one in Abba ... honest.)

hatfield girl said...

Choosing which side of the road on which to drive in Italy depends entirely on the advantage to be gained - and never signal as it might give other drivers an edge.

Newmania said...

Good girl HG , bet you stick to English civility though.Pretend you haven`t seen them

Nick Drew said...

she's getting a gun

Anonymous said...

When I was seventeen I lost my virginity to a 28 year old Swedish woman.
I find it very hard to be critical of a nation as generous as that.

CityUnslicker said...

With Brown in charge we will soon be like sweden, bathed in darkness for most of the year.

only for us it will be due to power cuts...

Newmania said...

Power cuts ...ah yes that brings back memories. How well I remember my father saying the socialists have turned the lights off now .


Anon... I think you dreamt that

ND-HG has no need of a gun she would fix a marauder with a withering stare and open a large dusty book about "The Economy"

Naturally he would run like a rabbit

Ed said...

The Swedes I have met have been very nice people, so I don't buy your misery guts line.

The comparison with the US states is very interesting. Lots of Americans love England, but I suspect it's because London resembles a museum/theme park rather than a bustling thrusting modernity. Incidentally, I think that we can have both!

When it comes down to it, socialists are just pessimists. They refuse to believe that people can and do get off their backs to do something worthwhile if not held back. It's a reflection of their own individual inadequacies.

Lilith said...

Hatfield girl!

"and never signal as it might give other drivers an edge"

I have heard that somewhere before. My Girl's Dad says it when she complains that he does not indicate...

hatfield girl said...

Lilith's enquiring about getting a gun too, ND. I gather they're commonplace in some parts of her family and in her part of the country.
I am reading Blake, N, or Peter Ackroyd on Blake, and maurauders face lightening bolts of glorious words, not economics:

"O how couldst thou deform
those beautiful proportions
Of life and person
for as the Person
so is his life proportioned."

Take that! Brownies.

Newmania said...

HG , I love to see you in this spot. I have long had the opinion that you write the most under valued blog I can think of ..still you are a newby relAtively speaking.


I like Blake HG..although there is an awful lot of nonsense written about him.

Newmania said...

NIce to see you Lillith...especially after my recent disagreement with the boyfriend. He still hasn`t turned upo to do my ironing so as to chow sisterly solidarity ....I `m a bit disappointed

Newmania said...

Ed...LOndon is actually livelier than New York. Americamnns , like Williamm Gibson , who live here a while discovere that behind the Geeirgiam facades there is ausually a High Tech IT trading inferno nowadays

Anonymous said...

Suicide rates? Not according to any statistics at all, that whole suicide thing is just a myth since Sweden was one of the first countries to actually keep such statistics. It may be well known, but its not true.

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