Eva Flyborgs Blogg

Göteborgare, liberal, fd riksdagsledamot

Next stop – Sweden

They are both coming to Sweden, the Beatle Ringo Starr and his All Starr band and Julian Assange from Wikileaks. But it could not have been for more different reasons. Ringo Starr, the celebrated ex Beatle is coming to Gothenburg this summer to play at Liseberg the 10th of June. That is a show that I will not miss, especially as it is in my own home town! I will also try to seize the moment to get an interview with Ringo for our club Swedish Parliament Beatles Society while he is here. I really look forward to his coming here, it’s going to be so cool to hear him play. Welcome to Gothenburg Ringo!

I have seen and heard Paul McCartney twice, but never Ringo. I am really looking forward to his concert. And if McCartney decided to do a guest appearance happiness would be complete. If Paul has got the time, he is writing a ballet, ”Oceans Kingdom” at the moment for the New York City Ballet. Is there anything he cannot do? He is the most versatile musician of all times, no doubt about that.

A London court ruled this morning that Julian Assange, a world famous data hacker from Wikileaks, faces extradition to Sweden over alleged sexual offences. The judge said that he had not been persuaded by the arguments of  Mr Assange’s defence team and that they had tried to mislead the court. Judge Riddle also dismissed the arguments that the sexual offences about which Swedish prosecutors wish to question Mr Assange would not constitute an offence in British law. In Great Britain this would amount to rape, the judge said. Several of his financial backers, the celebrity activist Jemima Khan and Bianca Jagger, were also at the court.

After the appeal, Assange is inevitably coming to Sweden. But this is a visit we could have done without. And I do wonder, if the Assange defence lied in the Brittish Court, what will they say here? And it makes me a wee bit sad to note that they happily smear a whole country with deliberate lies. The right thing to do would have been to come to Sweden, face the music and take responsibility for his own actions. Guilty or not is for the court to decide, not Assange himself. But on the other hand, this will give him plenty of time to get someone to help him with his autobiography. Assange is reported in media to have been offered a multi million deal for it. That’s one book I will not put on my Christmas wishlist, although I appreciate the genre Fantasy.

SvD, SvD, DN, Expressen, GP, Aftonbladet, SVT, SVT,

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2011/02/24 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Lämna en kommentar

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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