Blogs Reinforce One Issue View
As it hovers on the edge of gaining seats in parliament, the nationalist Sweden Democrat Party has sought to appear to be more than a one issue anti-immigrant movement.
But research by Radio Sweden reveals that opposition to immigration and Islam remain dominant, at least on the blogs of the party’s leadership.
Looking at all 57 posts in the seven most important Sweden Democrat blogs since last October, there were only two each on what the party says are also its priority issues, care of the elderly and criminal justice. Thirty-five of the posts are about immigration.
But party secretary Björn Söder tells Radio Sweden this is to be expected, as the other parties don’t want to debate the issue.
On Wednesday, a study commissioned by Swedish Radio revealed that immigration is one of issues of least interest for the electorate before this September’s elections.