Scania Party

Skånepartiet ("the Scania party") is a separatist, right-wing populist, anti-immigration political party in the Swedish province of Scania, established in 1979. The founder and leader of the party is Carl P. Herslow.

The original aims of the party were abolition of the Swedish state's monopoly of the radio and television market, and self-government for Skåne. Originally it advocated full independence for Skåne as a republic, but later altered this to instead back devolution within the Swedish state. Recently however the party has again restated a desire for full sovereignty. It started criticizing Swedish immigration policy in the mid-1980s, and since the 2000s has focused heavily on an aggressive campaign against Islam. Its support has shrunk over recent years and it is today not represented in any council, losing its last local seats in the 2006 election.

Scania Party

Skånepartiet
ChairmanCarl P. Herslow
Founded24 March 1979
HeadquartersMalmgatan 16, Malmö
IdeologyScanian nationalism
Right-wing populism
Economic liberalism
Separatism
Anti-Islam
Christian democracy
Political positionFar-right
European affiliationNone
International affiliationNone
ColoursBlue, white, yellow, red
Website
www.skanepartiet.org

History

The party was founded on 24 March 1979 in Lund. Based on the Scania Movement ("Skånerörelsen") founded in 1977, its initial main issues was to achieve regional autonomy for Scania, particularly regarding the mass media, alcohol, energy, tourism and education policy. It ran in the 1979 election on three main issues; a Scanian provincial government, an independent advertising-funded Scanian TV channel with broadcasting associations, and the free sale of beer, wine and liquor in Scania. The election was however ultimately a failure for the party. It started local radio broadcasts in 1982. Although the party had put in much work for the 1982 election, it again failed to win any representation.[1]

By 1984 the party reportedly had more than 4,000 members, and had expanded its radio broadcasts. It had also become more radical, now demanding that Scania become an independent republic. The party also started to criticize the economic, social and cultural consequences of Swedish immigration policy. In the 1985 election the party finally broke through, and helped to remove the Social Democratic Party from power in Malmö for the first time in 66 years, winning five mandates. It also gained representation in a few other municipalities. In the 1988 election the party was reduced to three mandates in Malmö and lost its representation in all other municipalities except one.[1] The party held municipal seats only in Malmö through the 1990s. In the late 2000s the party has failed to win any representation, and has been marginalized by the advancing Sweden Democrats in competition for votes.[2]

Policies

The party states on its website that its policy is based on the two main demands of "more restrictive immigration and refugee policies, and the elimination of Islam."[1] It further promotes 12 key policies;[3]

  1. Scania to become a free republic, a member of the European Union and NATO
  2. cessation of immigration of refugees and similar
  3. Islam to be eliminated; Muslims must move to Sweden (i.e. out of Scania)
  4. all pension promises to be unconditionally fulfilled
  5. more money to healthcare, the elderly and disabled
  6. utilize both reactors at the Barsebäck nuclear power plant
  7. pupils must have respect for teachers and adults
  8. better crimefighting by stricter sentencing and an increase in police numbers
  9. liberalise the labour market, stop welfare fraud
  10. reduce the tax burden when Scania's state debt is paid
  11. abolish the state alcohol monopoly administered by Systembolaget
  12. stop the "communist radio and television empire"

Election results

Local representation

1985 election; 5 mandates in Malmö, 2 in Burlöv, 2 in Svedala, 1 in Staffanstorp and 1 in Vellinge.[1]

1988 election; 3 mandates in Malmö and 1 in Staffanstorp.[1]

1991 election; 2 mandates in Malmö.[1]

1994 election; 3 mandates in Malmö.[4]

1998 election; 2 mandates in Malmö.[5]

2002 election; 2 mandates in Malmö.[6]

2006 election; 0 mandates.[7]

2010 election; 0 mandates.[8]

2014 election; 0 mandates (0.33 % share of the votes for the Skåne Regional Council and 0.6% share of the votes in municipal elections) [9][10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Om Skånepartiet". skanepartiet.org (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  2. ^ Hjälte, Kenny (20 September 2010). "Val2010: Skånepartiet gjorde ännu ett katastrofval". Expo (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Punktprogram". skanepartiet.org (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Alla svenska städer: valresultat 1994". CyberCity (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Alla svenska städer: valresultat 1998". CyberCity (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Alla svenska städer: valresultat 2002". CyberCity (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Alla svenska städer: valresultat 2006". CyberCity (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Alla svenska städer: valresultat 2010". CyberCity (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  9. ^ 2014 Regional elections
  10. ^ 2014 Municipal elections

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