May first, the workers day and at least here in Sweden it´s a holiday. When I was Young this was a day for demonstraiting. Thousands and thousands of people gathered and marched to a special place, usually the town square or another place where lots of people could gather. There they listened to speakers from either the Communist party, the Social democratic party or different union leaders. The communists always were by them selves, not liked by any one. Even if it was the Social democratic party that governed the country (they did so for over fourty yeras) they talked about the unfairness for the workers. Screaming out how bad the kapitalist used the workers. In truthe the gouvernement cooperated quite well with these so hated kapitalists :-) and that made swedens workers to the best paid in the world for a while.
The Prime minister used the underground or bus to get to work and usually lived in an appartement in those days. He also got paid rather good for his job, but surprisingly little compared to what they get today. Everything was closed the first of May, but I can remember that the trams still went on as usual. I know this because we never demonstrated in my family, we went to our summerhouse instead or to my grandparents and that by tram. As we did so I could se all those that were going to demonstrate from the tram windows always, wondering how it would be like doing that too.
Then something happened. Politisians started to get more greedy. They sort of forgot that perhaps they should live like they learned. People started to wonder why their raises should be so much bigger than the workers. The answers the workers got was that swedish politicians were very low paid compared with European politisians. Strangly enough that wasn´t espesially important when it came to the workers pay :-) The more they distanced them selves from the ordinary people the less people protested at May first.
Nowdays it´s really difficult to see the difference between the different political parties. They are all very greedy. The leader of the opposition once said that she looked upon her self as a middle income worker. She makes five times more than me every year and I am a middle income worker :-) :-) I can gladly switch with her if she wants to know a bit of reality :-) :-)
The union leaders are even worse I think. They were really fast screaming about the bonuses high chiefs got, but forgot that they had helped them getting it :-) Not to speak about high chiefs pensions. What they seemes to forget is that they too has really good pensions when they leave their jobs. We are talking millions here. So for most of us going to a demonstration listening to them shouting about how bad capitalist are gives a bitter taste in the mouth. I have nothing against capitalism, on the contrary. But I have a lot against hypocrits in the union and political parties! The only ones that will demonstrate today is the very sick people that woun´t get paid from the health insurance (We have one health insurance for eveyrone in Sweden, payed by our taxes). Nowdays You see Your not sick as long as You can move a bit. People getting cemo therapy is well enough to work they say??? The new slogan for the health insurance is “We don´t ask how sick You are, we ask how much You can work”.
So nowdays people takes this as a long weekend, going out to their summer houses, go camping or sailing. No use to listen to a bunch of hypocrites is there? I´m going to enjoy the sun and take some pictures for tomorrows blog I think and of course be in my garden :-)
Enjoy the wokers day now, I will!