Swedish far-right party defaced on eve of general election
Birthday cake and Still Alive
The website of a Swedish far-right party was hacked on Saturday, the day before national elections which resulted in its first ever electoral success.
Instead of the usual political content, visitors to the homepage of the Sweden Democrats were treated to a picture of a birthday cake with a rendition of Ellen McLain's Still Alive playing in the background, The Local reports.
The motives, much less the identity, of the defacers remain unclear.
"I think it is a shame," Sweden Democrats spokesman Erik Almqvist told AFP. "Our political opponents should take the debate with us if they disagree with us."
The Sweden Democrats (SD) styles itself as a nationalist party. It rejects multiculturalism and wants to wants to restrict immigration, including funding a voluntary repatriation program to pay immigrants to return home.
The party won 20 seats on Sunday, with a 5.7 per cent share of the vote, and entered parliament for the first time.
The governing centre-right coalition, The Alliance, is on track to win 172 or 173 seats, with almost all the results in. Although that leaves it two seats short of a majority in the Riksdag its leader, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said it has no intention of cutting a deal with the SD. ®
that's supposed to be a good thing?
Proportional representation is the way forward.
Even more surprised
I was thinking about this...
"The Westminster system, while perhaps a little unfair, does keep the likes of the BNP at bay."
Isn't it a bit...interesting...to give as a feature, rather than a bug, of the Westminster system that opinions that some of the people hold that other people don't like are unrepresented in parliament? I mean, if racists make up (say) 1% of the country, why shouldn't 1% of the MPs be racist? Unless we are saying that democracy is nice as long as it gets an answer we like. (See the ranting of various Labour people when the Con-Lib coalition took place. "Why doesn't my vote count?" shouted short-memoried fools, despite the fact that the Tories in 2010 got more votes than Labour did in the previous election... I'm not pro-Tory, but I am anti-hypocrisy.)