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Bringing Rancor to a Swiss Election

The populist Christoph Blocher has dominated the Swiss government for four years while also managing the odd trick of seeming to lead the opposition. Now Switzerland has experienced its dirtiest campaign in history, featuring xenophobia and street violence -- and it all revolves around Blocher.

The sun shines on Lake Sempach and the cowbells clang as Switzerland's most controversial politician, accompanied by his wife and his party's mascot, a billy goat, enters the Seepark Festival Hall in the town of Sempach, Canton Lucerne.

Christoph Blocher (more...), 67, is a little man with a belly, wearing a grey suit. Across his rough country face is plastered a smile. He strides into the building behind Geißbock Zottel, the mascot goat, followed by a colorful parade of men ringing cowbells and a man shouldering an alphorn and women in traditional outfits carrying bouquets of flowers.

Blocher mounts the stage and glances down at his party. Close to 1,000 people sit on long benches next to a historical painting on the left-hand wall of an army of Swiss soldiers wielding spears and flags, the calm waters of the lake in the background.

The painting depicts the mythical Battle of Sempach on July 9, 1386, which pitted the Swiss against the army of the Hapsburg Empire, a battle Arnold von Winkelried is said to have won by allowing the Hapsburg knights to skewer his body on their lances to create a gap in the enemy line for his fellow Swiss soldiers. Legend has it that his last words were: "A path to freedom!"

Blocher praises the choice of the historic town, saying: "Winkelried was a man who sacrificed himself for the greater good, for the community." Of course, Blocher is seeking to draw parallels to his own campaign. "A good politician must be able to sacrifice himself for the greater good and for the country. He doesn't have to give his life, but he must suffer the consequences."

Full story, Source: Der Spiegel

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Fascism is on the rise in Europe it looks like. 10% of France last elections voted for a Neo-nazi party, while Germans are increasingly becoming more pro-NDP.

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I missed to comment on it the last time, but yes, xenophobes is what they are, and nothing more. I'm all for regulation, but not idiocy of this kind. Sometimes it isn't enough looking at what's coming at you. It can be helpful knowing where it's coming from. Chances are, haters aren't particularly unbiased.

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Fascism is on the rise in Europe it looks like. 10% of France last elections voted for a Neo-nazi party, while Germans are increasingly becoming more pro-NDP.

Fascist ? Neo-Nazi ? Somewhat emotive labels aren't they ?

Where in the world did they find a rancor?

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In a Rancoury, of course :lol:

I missed to comment on it the last time, but yes, xenophobes is what they are, and nothing more. I'm all for regulation, but not idiocy of this kind. Sometimes it isn't enough looking at what's coming at you. It can be helpful knowing where it's coming from. Chances are, haters aren't particularly unbiased.

Hee hee - the bit in bold sounds JUST like something Christoph Blocher would say in regard to his correlation between immigration and crime :lol: Perhaps you could get a job as his speechwriter Volos ? :)

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What the hell are you talking about? What problem do you have with judging people? Are you trying to say you're not judging anyone at all? Surely you aren't trying to compare judging people by their past actions and judging people by their nationality, because that would be excessivly moronic. Even for you.

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What the hell are you talking about? What problem do you have with judging people? Are you trying to say you're not judging anyone at all? Surely you aren't trying to compare judging people by their past actions and judging people by their nationality, because that would be excessivly moronic. Even for you.

Did you actually read the OP article Volos ?

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I don't think it is xenophobia or racism to be able to point to factual statistics that show that certain cultural groups, that may or may not be immigrants, as having a higher then average criminal rate. I know for a fact that a larger then average percentage of crime is committed by immigrants here in Oregon, USA, because I hear it every day. The names of those given in the news associated with killings and violent crime are evidence enough.

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