Yodel-ee-aa-who are the Swiss trying to keep out? Apparently immigrants. The above poster is a campaign promise from the Schweizerische Volkspartei (Swiss People’s Party) who currently hold more seats than any other political party in Switzerland (55 out of 200 in case you’re keeping count).
According to the Daily Mail:
The party has launched a campaign to raise the 100,000 signatures necessary to force a referendum to reintroduce into the penal code a measure to allow judges to deport foreigners who commit serious crimes once they have served their jail sentence.
But far more dramatically, it has announced its intention to lay before parliament a law allowing the entire family of a criminal under the age of 18 to be deported as soon as sentence is passed.
It will be the first such law in Europe since the Nazi practice of Sippenhaft – kin liability – whereby relatives of criminals were held responsible for their crimes and punished equally.
My first thoughts after seeing the poster and reading the story were pretty much ones of shock and horror. This is going on in Western Europe? Yikes!
This could be out of context. Perhaps this is one right-wing party in a liberal country that is going about things the wrong way – trying to find someone to blame for rising crime in an otherwise peaceful society. Of course North Americans wouldn’t know what it’s like to have foreign policy and domestic decisions made by an ultra conservative portion of the population.
- perhaps it’s a coincidence they chose white and black sheep
- maybe it’s a coincidence they have Nazi-like crime control ideas
- Roger Federer is a scholar and a gentleman
- they make fantastic knives, watches, chocolate and cheese (although my Swiss Army watch is currently broken)
Weigh that with the fact that:
- Switzerland was a moderately poor country before the world wars began
- After declaring neutrality in 2 world wars (wars which were fought in their immediate neighbourhood), they held folks’ money. Thousands of those people died and now Switzerland is fabulously wealthy.
ViennaGeneva is considered one of the best cities to live in – in the world (unless you’re a black….sheep)
- Switzerland declared neutrality – twice (how can you be neutral when it comes to the Nazis. I mean, you’re either on board with the whole ethnic cleansing, world-domination idea, or you’re strongly opposed.
I may be looking at this very simplistically. I don’t think all Swiss are racist, I’m not saying that Switzerland is an evil nation. They’ve probably done wonderful things too. (They were instrumental in starting the International Committee of the Red Cross in the late 1800’s. That alone may help balance this whole situation out.)
If you have information I should consider, please drop me a comment