During the second duel in SVT’s party leader debate on Sunday, the pace – and the tone – stepped up considerably.
In the spotlight: Drag queens who read fairy tales to children in libraries.
– As usual, that’s just homophobic drivel, said Märta Stenevi in response to an outburst from SD leader Jimmie Åkesson.
The retort came after an exchange of words regarding the principle of arm’s length distance – that politicians should finance but not govern.
It was the starting point in a duel between the mouthpiece and the SD leader, where Åkesson said, among other things, that it is completely wrong that “Shameless wine whore” receives tax-funded funds to read fairy tales to children in libraries.
– It is completely insane. That’s where my limit is, he said.
The remark caused Åkesson’s rival, the Green Party’s spokesperson Märta Stenevi, to heat up and said that the SD leader engaged in “homophobic drivel”
Åkesson hired – from several sides
When the topic was then released freely to the other party leaders, the Liberals’ Johan Pehrson picked up the puck and sent an invitation to Jimmie Åkesson to come along for a story time.
– What are you so afraid of? What do you think will happen? Don’t get too nervous about it, Pehrson said.
Soon after, the newly appointed Center leader Muharrem Demirok picked up the thread again – and sent some tips to Åkesson.
– If you don’t like story times in the library, don’t go there. If you don’t like a TV show, change the channel. But don’t let your personal preferences rule people’s freedom, Demirok said.