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SVP and next major elections

Seems Blocher has written a "panic letter" to all the SVP candidates standing in the next election, copy here.

Basically he is worried that SVP will lose votes in the next election and the FDP will gain votes.

He states it is very important that candidates follow the party strategy.

Major concern seems to be that the SVP are having a problem to invent a major crisis that SVP can sell themselves as the saviour of!

They also have the problem that many people are unhappy about the EU impact of the "einwanderung" vote and believe the FDP will profit from this by presenting a more middle of the road strategy.
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Seems Blocher has written a "panic letter" to all the SVP candidates standing in the next election, copy here.

Basically he is worried that SVP will lose votes in the next election and the FDP will gain votes.

He states it is very important that candidates follow the party strategy.

Major concern seems to be that the SVP are having a problem to invent a major crisis that SVP can sell themselves as the saviour of!

They also have the problem that many people are unhappy about the EU impact of the "einwanderung" vote and believe the FDP will profit from this by presenting a more middle of the road strategy.

While in reality, freedom only can be rescued by NOT voting SVP
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Old 12.07.2015, 16:41
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While in reality, freedom only can be rescued by NOT voting SVP
Indeed.

That's why we vote LEGA!

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Indeed.

That's why we vote LEGA!

Tom

As I from reliable sources know a lot about Attilio Bignasca, I am fairly confident that the Lega is in good Hands


https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attilio_Bignasca
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Old 09.08.2015, 15:03
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Re: SVP and next major elections

Interesting interview with Alfred Heer (SVP leader, Zürich) today in Blick, link here in German language.

He seems to be proposing a different direction and priorities for fighting the next election contrary to SVP HQ.
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While most other SVP chiefs are from rather rural aereas, Fredi Heer lives in Zürich downtown just beside Bhf Enge and knows the feelings of city-dwellers pllus Suburbia people
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Old 16.08.2015, 13:10
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Re: SVP and next major elections

Sometimes I find Swiss politics quite odd. For example, Zürich will have 35 seats in the next Nationalrat election; one more than next year which is good. The odd part is that there are 873 candidates standing for these 35 seats. What a waste of time and money - over 95% will fail to get a seat. I assume the 29 who currently have seats and are standing again will have the best chance? So basically the best opportunities are the 6 open seats?

Currently the Zürich SVP have 11 seats; will be interesting to see if and how this changes. Especially with the fuss by Tony Brunner about the position of Roger Köppel on the list but he failed to move him up from position 17.
Will also be interesting to see how all the fuss and publicity about Mörgeli losing his University position will effect the voting; will he get more, or less or around the same. The lovely Rickli heads the SVP list; I assume despite her burnout she will increase her share of the vote?

Talking about Tony Brunner he now seems to be falling into the trap common to politicians who have been too long in the same job and so start to believe their own fantasies. First he proposed Adrian Amstutz for the Bundesrat although Adrian said both before this announcement and after it that he would not stand.
Now Brunner has proposed three other people for the Bundesrat who all share the same qualification; none of them has ever had any kind of political role in Switzerland! All quite laughable!
Link here.
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Re: SVP and next major elections

I am always amazed at how ridiculous the SVP statements are. Do they really stop and think before they open their mouths?

Most of the time they choose a route diametrically opposite all the other parties, presumably to pick up the protest vote. They are left with a lot of protesters looking for something reasonable that nobody else has come up with.
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So sorry but there are dozens of lists and so, what you describe is Logical and normal
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I am always amazed at how ridiculous the SVP statements are. Do they really stop and think before they open their mouths?

Most of the time they choose a route diametrically opposite all the other parties, presumably to pick up the protest vote. They are left with a lot of protesters looking for something reasonable that nobody else has come up with.

To be THE protest Party has made them the largest Party ... What makes Mr Brunner angry is to see that they last time could not reach 33% but rather dropped down to 27%


What Fredi Heer and some other try is to move their Party more towards the centre AND towards the cities AND towards the economy
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Old 16.08.2015, 16:55
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To be THE protest Party has made them the largest Party ... What makes Mr Brunner angry is to see that they last time could not reach 33% but rather dropped down to 27%


What Fredi Heer and some other try is to move their Party more towards the centre AND towards the cities AND towards the economy
Probably more of their success is due to their huge anonymous funding that enables them to place their advertising on practically every street corner.
Which is why people like Moritz Leuenberger call for more transparency about the funding of political parties and campaigns.

Switzerland and Sweden are the only members of the Council of Europe that have not yet adopted national legislation on the financing of parties and election campaigns.

Switzerland is regularly singled out by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) for its inaction in this area.

The seven major Swiss political parties have received questions from the Swiss Press about their planned expenditure and so far the SVP is the only one to have failed to provide numbers. Link here.

An interesting quote "“If Switzerland wants to avoid becoming an American-style democracy, where billionaires can ‘buy’ parties and influence politics, we need a system that guarantees party financing,” argues Michael Sorg, spokesman for the Social Democrats."
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Re: SVP and next major elections

Now the FDP is following the "if you cant beat them, join them" tactic by taking harder stances on asylum.

http://news.yahoo.com/send-refugees-...171816688.html
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Now the FDP is following the "if you cant beat them, join them" tactic by taking harder stances on asylum.

http://news.yahoo.com/send-refugees-...171816688.html

The FDP has taken these stances many years ago. THE change is that their new Party leader SPEAKS about it
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To be THE protest Party has made them the largest Party ...
They are neither in Ticino, however, with only 4% or so.

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They are neither in Ticino, however, with only 4% or so.

Tom

Sorry, I meant the SVP which was converted into THE protest
party by Christoph Blocher and is now at 27% in the National Council (House of Representatives)


a Problem they have is that they in many Cantons and towns and villages are a government party
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Re: SVP and next major elections

According to Tagesanzeiger today the parties spend on advertising (April to July) is

SVP: 1'732'788 Franken (2011: 548'799 Franken)
FDP: 1'084'078 Franken (2011: 889'283 Franken)
CVP: 145'893 Franken (2011: 841'067 Franken)
SP: 70'790 Franken (2011: 127'902 Franken)
Grüne: 52'780 Franken (2011: 37'372 Franken)

Which seems to show SVP is spending over 50% of the total spend!
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Re: SVP and next major elections

no wonder that the Group of States againt Corruption (EU concil) told of Switzerland for their intransparency concerning party financing
(source in german: http://webpaper.nzz.ch/2015/08/18/sc...09c695f831d3a8 )
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no wonder that the Group of States againt Corruption (EU concil) told of Switzerland for their intransparency concerning party financing
(source in german: http://webpaper.nzz.ch/2015/08/18/sc...09c695f831d3a8 )


But what IS corruption ? If a rich Party member takes over the financing of the Advertising in a weekly newspaper he defacto owns, is this corruption ?
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But what IS corruption ? If a rich Party member takes over the financing of the Advertising in a weekly newspaper he defacto owns, is this corruption ?
Or if a newspaper takes a biassed editorial position because the owner is a party member, is that advertising or just word of mouth propaganda?

It is direct democarcy that will prevent Switzerland turning into a USA style democracy, not any Strasbourg nanny state legislation.
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According to Tagesanzeiger today the parties spend on advertising (April to July) is

SVP: 1'732'788 Franken (2011: 548'799 Franken)
FDP: 1'084'078 Franken (2011: 889'283 Franken)
CVP: 145'893 Franken (2011: 841'067 Franken)
SP: 70'790 Franken (2011: 127'902 Franken)
Grüne: 52'780 Franken (2011: 37'372 Franken)

Which seems to show SVP is spending over 50% of the total spend!
Is this elecoral campaign spending or also spending on referendum campaigns?

As many referendums involve the SVP being on one side and a coalition of all the other parties on the other side, this is only to be expected. In fact any per-party cap on spending would disadvantage any single party going against the others.
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