A new life at 67.Can a woman start all over again?

Politics do interest me.I don’t have a great understanding of it. Think if politics were left up to women the world might concievably be a better place. Logical thinking,organisationtalent,sound moral values and a big portion of common sense seem to me necessary but often missing.

What colour would I wear, probably lila.

Lately I went to hear someone talk. I wouldn’t normally have gone far out of my way to listen to him,but as he had been invited to the village by a mutual colleague I felt I should go and hear what he had to say,and beside that I was curious.

One,if not the most contraversial figures in Swiss politics. The head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, freqently compared to Jean-Marie Le Pen or Jörg Haider or worse, by his left wing political opponents. The Swiss Justice Minister himself -Christoph Blocher.

The theme of his talk was ‘Juvenile crime’ and I was one of at least five hundred people,young and old, equally curious, or fans who had come to listen to how he would solve the problem.

We have a rising number of foreign immigrants in Switzerland,at the moment over twenty procent of the poulation.The problem for us all is not about having a multi-cultural society but how to integrate the young people so they too may have a chance in life, and understand what we are proud of in this country.

I sat and listened to Herr Blocher; who has of course a Doctorate in Law, beside being the owner and Director of the Ems Chemical Concern ,before handing the managment side of it to his daughter when he became Minister of Justice. He made a successfull concern. He talked for over one and a half hours, as though he was sitting at our dining room table,and I didn’t need to look at my watch. He captivated his audience,and what he said wasn’t predudiced,it wasn’t racialist,it wasn’t nationalist-but it did make sense,and it was quite logical.

The following day the rapports were in the local newspapers. I could form an opinion of their commentaries, and Iwould say the press don’t like Christoph,and had I not been there to hear exactly what he said and how he said it I would probably have read it differently.

Why isn’t he popular,I think there are lots of answers,one of them is envy.


Comments on: "Christoph Blocher in person" (4)

  1. Too bad I missed that one. Somehow I have a very very hard time believing that he got away without saying anything nationalistic, racist or even without prejudice.
    Might I suggest that someone from a well accepted background (which means it’s more ok to be from an English then a Albanien background) who themselves are from a very proud country (which of course we would never call nationalistic, racist or of having the slightest bit of prejudice)living in a very traditional Swiss family might not necessarily have the same definition of racism, nationalism or prejudice.
    How many minority group people (I know you talk about different ages – those aren’t minority groups 😉 ) where there and how many of them did you ask about their opinion?
    You shall be the better judge, as I wasn’t there. And that newspapers turn stories to their advantage is nothing new. However, I do know that I considered myself neither a racist, a nationalist (even if I do admit to sometimes being prejudice)before I emmigrated. Having lived in a truly multi-cultural city for the last 7 years, I’ve realised I didn’t even know the half of it. Sometimes I wonder whether we will ever understand unless we some day become the minority.
    Which granted, maybe is a whole different subject than packing up the problem of youth crime into the “poor integration” problem. So why aren’t they integrated? And what if it has exactly to do with “what we are proud of in this country”. Forgive me, but ‘multi-culturism’ does not sound very Swiss, unless it of course involves money or fame, “good” fame to be precise.
    Good post though and still jealous, as I would have loved to hear him talk (and ask some questions).

  2. Why aren’t they integrated.Good question.
    Depending on what country they are from and why they are here.Do they want to be,and is emmigration the correct word.?
    CB says,if they want to live in this country they must learn the language.There is no future for them without communication.Without the language and schooling they will not learn.—–Yes,it is a circle that during the colonial times the colonialists understood very well and undermined it to their advantage.
    If they are not willing to learn the language (in this case CB means young people)their parents should be held responsible for it.There is no room for them here.
    I wonder how many immigrants to Canada don’t want to learn English or French,and if they don’t, what chances will they have.Will the State willingly support them for ever?.Maybe in Canada there are more people who want to follow in the footsteps of the pioneers, and settlers, and are proud of the country that took them in.

  3. I agree with learning the language. Which reminds me of all the British in the South of Spain, boy, they really tried to integrate hard and learn the language!
    But I guess, it’s part of the EU and therefore acceptable.

  4. You’re so right Wilbur,but then I’m an Artist at heart not a politician,and I love rainbows.Diru

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