Latest poll by Tarki: Fidesz's popularity grew significantly, Jobbik's popularity is unchanged, the Socialists are losing support

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Recent poll by Tarki shows significant increase in Fidesz support in February. The governing party increased its popularity from 40% in January to 48% in February.

During the same period Socialist party support fell from 28% to 22%; while, Jobbik support remained unchanged at 16%.

The poll also shows a slight increase in support for the Bajnai led “Eggyutt 2014” coalition, which is currently at 5%, a 2% increase from in January.

Support for the remaining parties doesn't reach the threshold limit necessary to win a seat in the national assembly.

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Anonymous said...

Gay Ugandan couple to remain in Sweden

Time for folks to take voting and political ideology seriously - there is no middle ground.

A couple who claimed to be the first Ugandan men to be legally married have learned they will be allowed to remain in Sweden after a flurry of death threats helped sway migration officials to drop a deportation order against one of them.

"It feels great. We're so relieved that the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) finally realized the truth," Jimmy Sserwadda told The Local.

On Thursday, Sserwadda and his husband, Ugandan national Lawrence Kaala, learned that the Migration Board had granted Kaala Swedish residency.

The decision amounts to a stunning reversal for Kaala, who had previously been ordered to leave the country after his application for asylum was denied.

The two had been married in late January in a church in suburban Stockholm in what is believed to be the first time that two Ugandan men had been wed in a church.

The ceremony was supposed to be a happy ending for the two men, who found themselves reunited in Sweden years after their relationship had been cut short due to persecution in Uganda.

While Sserwadda had been granted asylum, Kaala learned just days before the wedding that his application had been denied.

The couple scrambled to refile Kaala's application to receive a Swedish residence permit on the basis of being married to Sserwadda, but concerns remained that Kaala would still have to return to Uganda to complete the process.

"After our story appeared in English in The Local it began to circulate in Uganda and people started making threats that we would be killed if we returned," said Sserwadda.

"I think the explosion of media attention made migration officials realize how real the danger was. He couldn't return after being outed like that."

In granting Kaala's permit, the Migration Board waived the usual requirement that resident permit applications based on marriage be filed from the person's home country.

"Lawrence will not have to go back to Uganda," Sserwadda explained.

While he is thrilled that he will now be able to live freely in Sweden with the love of his life, Sserwadda remains critical of the handling of their case, and cases of other asylum seekers fleeing persecution for their sexual orientation.

"It's really a lottery. Sometimes the officials involved don't even believe you're gay," he said.

Sserwadda has vowed to assist LBGT asylum seekers who seek safe haven in Sweden.

"More and more are coming from all over the world and they need our help," he said.

Anonymous said...

Quality, Not Equality

Specious Origins of more a case for aristocracy than a critical history of the intellectual origins of liberalism...further accuses liberal proponents of democracy of conflating the failures of the aristocracy with the failure of aristocracy...failures of the monarchy with the failure of monarchy...argues that democracy is, in essence, a form of anarchy—of non-government— for the masses are generally too ignorant, too preoccupied with their own petty concerns, and too disinterested in politics, to lead and govern themselves. What liberal democrats did by abolishing the aristocracy is to abolish government, and transform politics into a vulgar popularity contest that takes place once every five years...sound, long-term decisions are never made by politicians—who...are held at ransom by whatever is most popular with the mob...the competitive and vulgar nature of democratic politics attracts the ambitious, the vain, and the unscrupulous, rather than able leaders of men and society...the whole procedure of universal suffrage is fundamentally unfair, for it imposes on the shallow and incompetent responsibilities for which they are ill-matched, and on everyone the mindless decisions of the shallow and incompetent...the policies of successive democratic governments grow ever dumber and more useless? That they address superficial symptoms rather than root causes? And that nothing is ever done until there is a major crisis...any solutions to existing or looming problems are short-term and cosmetic?

...decline the West to the rise of liberal philosophy, a malady he recognises as indigenous to the English, and particularly strong in the Anglo-American world, that has since spread elsewhere. exhausting itself on the least able and weakest, by elevating pity to a virtue out of envy for the able, had saddled the economy with a welfare state that encourages the proliferation of criminals and idle imbeciles...led to a deterioration in human quality, physical, spiritual, and intellectual.

...main thesis...while the aristocracy evidently failed, this was not due to a flaw in the aristocratic principle, but rather to the short-comings of the aristocracy...relying on the unsound principle of primogeniture, and lacking a proper system for fomenting human quality while purging undesirables from its ranks, became so enfeebled and degenerate as to completely discredit itself...Bourbon dynasty in France...most of them to have been idle, stupid, and talentless, product of bad ill-assorted marriages between ‘blue-blooded’ aristocrats purloined from all over Europe...the French Revolution a foregone conclusion.

Ludovici desired an aristocracy...aristocratic principle—the rule of the best—was actually practiced and made possible...he was not much different from Plato... but implied is also a focus on character...there was much to learn from the feudal system of the Middle Ages, where power was tightly linked with corresponding responsibility...learn from the guild system, in which the pursuit of quality and excellence were critical for survival, rather than mere costs as is the case with the factory system in modern capitalism...a well-run aristocracy is needed to provide quality leadership and governance and, most importantly, by virtue of good example set the Tone for the rest of society.

...conception of an aristocracy is not what we have come to associate with the term...he is emphatically against that conception, stating that the aristocratic principle is about the pursuit of intrinsic human quality, not about pageantry or wealth; one of the mistakes of the old European aristocracies...initially conceived according to a principle of excellence—titles were bestowed to honour one who had distinguished himself through outstanding military service...trappings of aristocracy became confused with aristocracy itself, and a person came to be measured not on his worthiness but on his net worth.

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