Eva Flyborgs Blogg

Göteborgare, liberal, fd riksdagsledamot

A pint of lager and bokhyllan Billy, please.

 Sweden and Great Britain are two very different countries, but we seem to share the same basic values. Maybe that is why we go together so well. And we do share many of the important challenges ahead of us; job creation, energy system, climate- and environmental issues, technology and innovation. The Prime Ministers David Cameron and Fredrik Reinfeldt have initiated a two day exchange meeting in London, and it all kicks of with an informal dinner at No 10 Downing Street wednesday night.  Furthermore, the delegations will  exchange ideas and strategies for two days on these different topics.  I so would have liked to be a fly on that wall. 

I think this could be very interesting and rewarding for both our countries. At least I expect an outcome of this exchange meeting to be some new Swedish IKEA names;  the oh so comfortable sofa ”Trafalgar” and the popular dining table ”Winston”.  It’s so much nicer than the bookshelf  ”Billy” anyway.

 According to the British Ambassador in Sweden, the very likable and versatile Andrew Mitchell whom we visited for Afternoon Tea at the residence yesterday, we seem to be voting almost identically in the EU, closer together than any other countries. A kind of same, same – but different, as it seems. Well, I know that Gothenburg is called ”Little London” but the metaphor has to stop there;  it’s not a good idea to call Sweden ”Little Britain”. It really wouldn’t help the bilateral relations at all.

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 I understood that the UK Ambassador is leaving Sweden this summer after his successful 5 year tour here to take on a new position back in London. He is going to see to it that the 2012 London Olympic Games are the best games ever. I am sure that the London Games are going to be really successful.  I just recalled that a year ago or so , when I as chairman for the Swedish Supreme Audit Institution, was having the very nice Sebastian Coe (Lord Coe) as my dinner partner at a Whitehall dinner. Coe became the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. It’s a small world. A little while ago  I wrote a blog on the topic of who is going to have the honour of performing the opening song for the 2012 London Olympic Games (Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney). You can read my previous blog on the subject here. And the answer to that question is of course;  the one and only Paul McCartney with a Beatles song. Nothing else will do.

The conclusion of todays blog is that it really is a small world we are living in. And sometimes the most different pieces suddenly fits just perfectly.

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Obama, Wikileaks och Rolling Stones

 I sin aktuella självbiografi berättar Keith Richards i Rolling Stones öppenhjärtigt om fängelsevistelse, drogmissbruket, affärerna och det komplicerade förhållandet till Mick Jagger.  I avsnitt som publicerats i musiktidskriften Rolling Stone och i brittiska The Times berättar Keith Richards om hur polisen gjorde husrazzia i hans lantgård en kall morgon 1967 efter en LSD-präglad fest. – Det knackade på dörren och jag tittade ut genom fönstret. Där stod en hel bunt dvärgar klädda i samma sorts kläder. Det var poliser, men det fattade jag inte.

Kanske en signal att lägga bort drogerna, Keith? Stones är ett av världens absolut bästa rockband och boken ett ”måste” för oss som är nyfikna på hur 60-talet egentligen var, för en del.  I vilket fall är det rockhistoria.

 Wikileaks har nu publicerat nya hemliga dokument i en aldrig tidigare skådad omfattning,  bla i The Times och SVT. I dokumenten sägs det finnas bevis för tortyr och andra otillåtna handlingar. Jag sällar mig till dem, Nick Clegg (libdem), som ställer krav på president Obama och den amerikanska administrationen att utreda dessa påstådda övergrepp.

Allt annat vore förödande. För förtroendet för USA och för Obama själv.

 Kronprinsessparet har besökt Västergötland under sin rundresa i Sverige. I Göteborg besökte man bl.a Hammarkullen som gjorde ett oförglömligt intryck på dem båda. Kramkalaset med barnen ville aldrig ta slut. Under lördagsmorgonen deltog de vid ett seminarium anordnat av FN-förbundet där även jag själv deltog. Debatten handlade om situationen i Kongo och vad vi kan göra tillsammans för att öka trycket i frågan för världssamfundet igen. Våldet i landet fortsätter och riktas i stor utsträckning mot kvinnorna och flickorna. Med våldtäkt som vapen slår soldaterna sönder samhällets strukturer i grunden.  Om detta och angränsande problem har jag motionerat om i Riksdagen i år som tidigare år. Läs motionen här. Det är viktigt att vi i Sverige fortsätter ta upp frågan varhelst vi kan och att vi stöder Margot Wallström i hennes viktiga arbete med FNs resolutioner i frågan (1325 och 1820). Det finns dessvärre ett hav av ointresse, likgiltighet eller kall cyniskhet i frågan. Är det ekonomiska aspekter som gör det så svårt?

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2010/10/24 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 kommentar

Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger for the Olympics?

 Now, here is the million dollar question to be answered; is Paul McCartney from The Beatles  or Mick Jagger from the Rolling stones having the honour of playing the opening song for the 2012 London Olympic Games? 

From my point of view there is only one answer; Paul McCartney with a Beatles song! 

No other group in history has in such a profound way changed the music world for ever.  Paul McCartney and The Beatles blew the barriers away from what was possible or even imaginable to do in a pop/rock song and changed the musical history and our lives for ever. No other group has ever come close to that achievement; The Beatles and Paul McCartney rule the pop and rock world yesterday, today and tomorrow!

 Paul McCartney is also the one who is still doing a tremendously great job giving concerts all around the world. Breaking sell-out records where ever he performs. Paul is certainly the man for the job, let Paul McCartney lead the way and open the 2012 London Olympic games!

And if you want to sign up, there is even a facebook page to support it !    Roll up for the ”Paul McCartney 2012 London Olympic Games!”  

You can read more in The Economic Times, Monsters and Critics, Music Rooms, The Daily Star , The Times of India and Aftonbladet, Expressen

 In Sweden we have started the first parlamentarian Beatles Club in the world and we have invited Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Martin to come and visit us.  I do hope that they will be able to come and take the opportunity to adress the Swedish Parliament while visiting the Beatles Club.  And if they would like to play something too, we wouldn’t object…

I had the honour and great pleasure to meet with Sir George Martin, CBE,  the legendary producer of the Beatles,  when he visited Sweden a few months ago.  I have rarely met a more professional, generous, warm and kind person than George Martin.  He proved to be a fantastic ambassador for his country and a perfect gentleman of the old school.  The picture was taken at the Palladium when the invitation was handed over to visit the Swedish Parliament Beatles Society.  

 You can always dream. I cross my fingers for it to come true!

2010/08/09 Posted by | Paul McCartney, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 kommentarer

   

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