I promised there would be no mention of politics on this blog after my disatorous political dribble about 2 years ago and I have pretty much kept that promise.
Tonight though I must break from my promise to rant about the madness of Dansk Folk Party.
A few facts about the party which is pretty much an extreme right wing party.
- It is the third largest political party in Denmark
- It is led by a woman called Pia Kjærsgard but the brains behind the party is some guy whose name I forget.
Lifted from thier website they say
- “The country is founded on the Danish cultural heritage and therefore, Danish culture must be preserved and strengthened
- Denmark is not an immigrant-country and never has been. Thus we will not accept transformation to a multiethnic society
More about the party can be found here.
A lot of what they state as thier mandate would apply to any country until you listen to the propaganda they peddle in the guise of “protecting Denmark and her independence”.
In my humble opinion this party peddles “fear of all that is foreign or foreigners” in order to garner votes. They do it well and very effectively.
The reason for this rant is that I have just turned off the TV after watching a RIDICULOUS debate between Dansk Folk party and Venstre Party ( the party in power) about a new rule. Currently any Danish citizen wishing to marry a non-Dane must be 24 years old or older. This, says Dansk Folk party was in order to stop forced marriages among the foreign/immigrant communities (read muslims) in Denmark and allow women in these communities to finish thier education. So essentially if you are below 24 years of age, are a Dane and wish to marry a non-Dane, you may do so but your spouse will not be eligible to live or come to Denmark. Ones choice is therefore to wait till you are 24 or marry and live in another country. When they passed this law I guess they did not think of all the Danes who wanted to marry Americans, Brits, Australians etc…
Today they are proposing that the rule be change to 28 years of age HOWEVER a DISPENSENTION will be offered to Danes wishing to marry citizens of western nations such as America, Australia and UK because THEY have an easier time intergrating into Danish society as opposed to nationals of non-developed countries.
I do not know why I am even bothering to be bothered. Surely by now I should be past this kind of stuff. It bothers me because I think to myself what chance does my son have in this country which is so AGAINST all things non-Dane.. or should I say non-aryan.
It bothers me that the party actually has young members.
It bothers me.
But here is the thing, I can understand why the party is the third largest in Denmark. Having returned from home about 4 weeks ago, things are still fresh in my mind and I gotta tell you this. Danes have it good. Believe it or not, Danes have it really cushy.
Free health care.. as in totally free, free school, free university, good infrastructure, a very small gap between rich and poor and things work in this country. Now take it from me. I have lived in England and it is better than England. I therefore do understand why they want to protect what they have and so would any country. It is true that they have never been an immigrant country and have built what they have themselves. But and it is a big but the world is shrinking and as much as Dansk folk party wants to remain insular and purely Denmark they cannot. In the 1960s they invited immigrant workers to come because they did not have enough workers. There is still a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour and they do open thier doors to so called approved immigrant workers. It is inevitable that the world is becoming a melting pot and Denmark cannot and will not avoid it. Instead Dansk Folk party tries to bury thier head in the sand and creat fear of all things foreign.
I know that this problem is not particular to Denmark. American has it with its Mexican immigration issues. France, Italy and Germany has it with illegal immigrants from Africa, Australia has with Asian immigrants. Kenya has it with Somali immigrant, Uganda has it with Congolese etc etc.. I could go on forever .. so it is nothing new.
What makes Denmark stand out.. that they make their BLATANT discrimation LAW and that for me is crosses a certain line.