After the rambling accusations peddled by Combover Crybaby Donald Trump at the weekend, claiming that something terrible was happening in Sweden, and even if it wasn’t terrorism, it was something bad connected to the numbers of refugees that the country had allowed in during the past two or three years, he was roundly ridiculed - but not by his faithful supporters, one of whom is Nigel “Thirsty” Farage.
Squeaky burning trousers finger up the bum time
The former UKIP Oberscheissenführer decided to use the platform inexplicably given him by broadcaster LBC to launch another of his man-of-the-people, just-telling-it-like-it-is diatribes to let people know that anywhere allowing these brown and non-Christian people through their doors is by definition going to hell in the proverbial handcart. And that meant Sweden was suffering a wave of sex crimes - especially rape.
“Sweden have taken more young male migrants than any other country in Europe”, he declared [not true]. “And there has been a dramatic rise in sexual crime in Sweden, so much so that Malmo is now the rape capital of Europe, and some argue, perhaps the rape capital of the world, and the Swedish media, frankly, just don’t report it”.
Farage backed this up with a Tweet claiming “Malmo in Sweden is the rape capital of Europe due to EU migrant policies. Anyone who says there isn't a problem is lying to you”. So there you have it. And, as so many times in the past, Farage is the one who’s lying.
Let’s take this nice and slowly. One, the decision to admit refugees - not migrants - was not taken by the EU. Two, the rape statistics for Sweden look worse than other countries, but this is because the country has a very broad definition of what constitutes rape, which makes the numbers look higher.
Three, it is possible to find stories to back up the “Rape capital of Europe” claim, but they all come from The Usual Suspects - the Daily Caller, Breitbart, and of course Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).
A Vox report denounced the claims: “as fake as the Bowling Green massacre”. It went on to tell “Canadian reporter Doug Saunders rigorously investigated the narrative, and concluded that it ‘falls apart as soon as you speak to anyone knowledgeable in Sweden’ … ‘What we’re hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it’s related to immigration is more or less not true at all,’ Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University, told Saunders … The so-called ‘rape epidemic’ is just something anti-immigrant campaigners have latched onto to justify their preexisting desire to shut the door on Muslim migration”.
And PolitiFact has observed “If we look specifically at sex offences, which the Fox News segment highlighted, there were 18,100 sex offenses reported to the police in 2015, down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention … The number of rapes reported decreased 12 percent between 2014 and 2015”.
So, to continue the PolitiFact line, Farage once again has his Pants On Fire. The end.
Farage is of course an arsewipe lying racist. A perfect representative of his party's "policies."
But what's all this outrage at his lies? Every day we get the same lying shite from every broadcast news "bulletin" and every "news"paper. Yet people still buy both, in every sense of the phrase.
All Farage and his type do is comply with the disgusting norm.
Nor are the guilty limited to neonazis like Murdoch and Rothermere and their brats. The ones who manufacture and release the poison gas are the editors, journalists and TV/radio front men and women, conscience-free gobshites scared of their own shadow.
Of course the whole thing is incestuous. Take just one example - Harding, Director of News at the BBC. He's a former Murdoch employee who had a minor spat with the wizened old nazi prune, but promptly found a place in the right wing BBC Fake News gang. Odd, that, don't you think, especially in view of his expressed far right opinions when he worked for Murdoch? Does anybody REALLY think Harding's changed his far right stance? Any more than former Murdoch employees Neil and MacKenzie did when they joined the BBC? Or, say, "one nation tory" Paxman did during his stint as a front man information and propaganda clerk? ITN is just as corrupt.
So dear old Nigel will just ride the tide because he knows he'll get the coverage - as he has at LBC - just as long as he stays "controversial" and "populist" and doesn't rock the boat too much.......Well, except the Labour Party boat, that is, which must be sunk before it actually regains its humanist buoyancy again.
Like Trump, far right tory Farage will be fish food just as soon as he pushes his luck too far. My guess is he knows that already. Hence the in-out-in-out-shake-it-all-about leadership bullshit.
He's a viable sideshow until the usual power centres decide otherwise, as they did with Hitler and Mussolini.
Unless he's a nocturnal mutterer, the only time Farage doesn't tell lies is when he's asleep.
Never want to trivialise rape, but I do wonder whether some of these "rapes" that Farage is complaining about are just a bloke "grabbing a woman's pu**y".
I do like a good conspiracy theory but it's my contention that Harding, and Andrew Neill, were planted by Murdoch at the BBC. Harding's performance as head of news shows he doesn't have the talent for the job and how anyone could ever think that Neill is a natural broadcaster is beyond me.
Sweden’s Sexual Crimes Have Gone Down Contrary To What Xenophobes Peddle
"the rape statistics for Sweden look worse than other countries, but this is because the country has a very broad definition of what constitutes rape, which makes the numbers look higher."
That's convenient, because this mean that it's ALWAYS possible to use this as an excuse, even if the number of rapes have indeed increased. So if you can't reduce the number of rapes, change the definition and the problem will go away.
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