High life

Even Switzerland is turning lefty. Am I going to have to move to Wyoming?

I'd hate to leave good old Helvetia. But if things keep on like this, I'll do it with a smile on my face

2 August 2014

9:00 AM

2 August 2014

9:00 AM


I am looking out of my window at the green landscape and forested mountains rising beyond, as peaceful a scene as there is in this troubled world, but this is Switzerland, a country that hasn’t fought a war in 700 years, resisting both Napoleon and Hitler through friendly persuasion and by having banks that don’t talk.

No longer. The new big bully on the block, Uncle Sam, in cahoots with the vermin that is the EU, is forcing the Swiss to open up and spill the beans. What I don’t get is why the Swiss are lying down and playing dead. Sure, they have all sorts of referendums, but the government keeps signing treaties with the depraved bureaucrats of the most successful criminal enterprise invented by man, once upon a time known as the Common Market. Some Swiss say it is the diplomatic version of judo, winning a battle by seeming to yield. I don’t believe a word. The Swiss people have turned left and their government reflects it. They turned left because they looked around and saw European workers sitting on their asses and getting paid for it. When the EU crooks threaten boycotts, the Swiss give in. I find it incredible. The Swiss were ready to fight the Wehrmacht in the mountains after giving up the cities and major towns, yet they tremble when smiling wallet-lifters and shysters pose as Napoleons.

The great futurist Taki predicts that Switzerland will soon be a busted flush. The reason is a simple one. If Switzerland becomes like the rest of Europe, overrun by migrants and bound tightly to EU laws, many of the foreigners who live and spend their millions here will go back to where they came from. Switzerland, after all, is a very small place. It takes less than two minutes for a fighter jet to cross its air space. Geneva is already an unsafe place full of Balkan criminals, who mug people, and African beggars. Once upon a time people came to Geneva because it was safe. Personally, I’d rather be attacked in Paris or London where I have fun, than in Geneva where it’s dullsville. I’m a Swiss resident and pay high taxes — I am judged by my lifestyle, the size of my house and the kind of car I drive — and I’m happy to do this as long as I get a great quality of life in return. Switzerland used to guarantee privacy and safety. No longer. Anyone can come and demand to see my tax returns. Why should anyone except the tax authority have the right to do this?

Papa Hemingway described going broke as slowly at first, then all of a sudden. If Switzerland becomes like the rest of Europe, unsafe, crowded, expensive and intrusive, people who can will head for Wyoming, the best state in the union, great scenery, no professional sports teams and no crime. I’d hate to leave good old Helvetia, where I’ve spent close to half the year for the past 55 years, but if the Swiss turn this place into an EU hellhole, I will, and will do it with a smile on my face. I am, after all, an American citizen, as well as a Greek one, so the scum in Brussels can kiss my ass.

Last week I saw a lot of my friends the Nicholsons, as in Camper and Nicholsons, who had Prince Hassan, younger brother of the late King of Jordan and uncle of the present king, staying. He is the only one of those Middle East families who call themselves royal who has the right to be called royal. The Saudis, who usurped the Hashemite throne 70 years or so ago, were desert peasants who slept with goats and probably their camels, whom they resemble. To call themselves royalty is as obnoxious as it gets, an insult to the language, as arrogant as it’s ignorant. The scummy Qataris are just as bad and the Queen lunching with them was an obscenity. Prince Hassan is an articulate and educated man, as is his wife, he an old Harrovian and Oxford grad, unlike the Gulf States ‘royals’ who attended Camel U. He was King Hussein’s man on the spot and has met with all the bad guys, starting with Ariel Sharon and on down.

Prince Hassan is not exactly optimistic about the Middle East. How could he be? All the news, all other concerns, fade into insignificance beside the horror of the massacre in Gaza. Those of us with a sliver of humanity left in us have to cry out and protest. There is no moral equivalence as the Israelis are claiming. Shooting rockets with a thousand-to-one success ratio cannot be compared to the murderous fire of the Israeli drones, F-16s and army commandos. And armed settlers shooting dead unarmed West Bank youths throwing stones can hardly be called cricket. It’s outright murder but I don’t hear any EU bureaucrook or American politician demanding the Israeli terrorists desist or else. And the Arab world has turned its eyes away; the Saudis and Gulf bums are in London for hookers and whisky, and the Egyptians are helping Israel close the lid on the coffin that is Gaza. What has happened to decency? Aipac shut it down, that’s what. In the meantime, here in Gstaad the problems of the very rich multiply. The sun hasn’t come out in weeks. Everyone’s heading south, including me. It’s the Peloponnese or bust.

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  • Des Demona

    Aren’t you a migrant? Or does being a silver-spooned waste of space give you the right just to use that title on everyone else?

    • Tim Marschall Jones

      I am an expatriate, you are a tourist, he is an immigrant

  • Willi

    Half a year for 55 years! That’s a long time to live in my country & still not understand the first thing about the Swiss! We are not becoming more left-wing at all, do you even speak any of our languages or read the newspapers here? Secondly you do not pay high taxes here! It’s blatantly obvious the only reason you came is to pay less taxes. Why not try your native Greece or Obama,s USA to see what high taxes are? And see what you get in return for them! Don’t worry about the Swiss giving in to the EU either, we have just signed free trade agreements with China & India and we are in the process of obtaining others, Brussels can go to hell! (See our referendum of the 9th of Feb. this year for details)

    • Doggie Roussel

      Let’s hope it’s a very sharp or pointy fence that you are sitting on… 700 years without ever fighting for anything and all you’ve got to show for it is chocolate, cuckoo clocks and Rolex watches…

      Switzerland is a gutless, culture-free wasteland, prospering from well-concealed usury and personal greed.

      • Willi

        Im not going to trade insults with you, apart from anything else I have a great respect for the British people, at least your grandparents and great grandparents who fought to free the European people. Nowadays with this generation I would like to see more guts, because it seems your government have betrayed everthing they fought for. One thing, the last war in Switzerland was fought in 1847, and cuckoo clocks are Bavarian. If you feel this way about my country then there is no need ever to set foot in it, this way everyone is happy.

        • Doggie Roussel

          Yes, my uncle was beheaded by a Japanese colonel in front of his troops for standing up for his mens’ rights…. but at least the Japanese have a code of honour and a Samurai tradition…

          The only code of honour which the Swiss possess is how high they can set interest rates…..

          • Willi

            Doggie, you look about 20 years old, so your parents would have been born in the 70’s. It’s a bit much to believe that you have an uncle who would have been born in the 1920’s. And you have the cheek to talk about other peoples honour? Despicable!

          • Doggie Roussel

            Asshole… the photograph is of one of my sons… I was born in 1947.. my uncle was beheaded by the invading Japanese on 19th December 1941 in Hong Kong, having been born in China in 1920…

            You Swiss are meant to be intelligent and humanitarian… you display either of these qualities and my family has fought against fascism and oppression, while you Swiss have always covered your backsides and sought only to protect your wealth and wellbeing.

          • Willi

            If what you say is true, about using a photo of your son for your profile, then I apologise sincerely.

          • Doggie Roussel

            It is completely true….

          • Richard

            I doubt with your spelling and vulgarity you are British. At least, not British unless simply by virtue of holding a British passport, which means nothing these days.

        • Doggie Roussel

          Don’t worry about me visiting your culture-free, androgynous, plastic, boring statelet ever again…. even an occasional obligatory visit to Geneva airport to return to a civilised country fills me with dread….

          There is nothing the equivalent of the miasma of depression that fills a soul upon entering Switzerland !

      • Doggie Roussel

        I do apologise… I will remove cuckoo clocks from your list of achievements !

  • Richard Weedn

    My father and uncle both fought as American airmen and sailors against the axis. They did this because they believed in what America stood for. Switzerland is in my opinion, the best example of a direct democracy remaining on this planet. Having lived in South America, North America, Europe, Asia and a brief time behind the iron curtain I can say that in my opinion Switzerland rocks and I pray they stay strong and stand up against the rising tide of bullshit.

  • GreatBong

    There surely must be some sort of irony I’m not getting here. Not only are you an immigrant, last I checked Greece was considered as a part of Balkan. You should have been more specific on exactly who you want to keep out.

    That said I lived four years in Zürich and had a son there, we moved only two months ago to New York. By all means a pleasant time, but my god is Switzerland a boring place so we where happy to move.

    But Switzerland moving left, really? By left you cannot mean any of the referendums on curbing immigration from all over the world including EU. It seems the very existence of other people than your self from Balkan in a country is a “leftie” thing.

  • Damaris Tighe

    When I first visited Switzerland in the early 1980s I loved it for its sparkling cleanness & lack of graffiti. It was a haven of pride, confidence & order. Within a few years every scrap of concrete along every railway embankment was covered in in-your-face graffiti – even way out in the countryside. Lucerne in the late 1990s had become dirty & litter-strewn. I was amazed. This wasn’t Switzerland any more.

  • English Majority

    There is no escape.

    The foreign hordes intend to claim and destroy everything White civilisation has built. In America, said hordes are almost in full power.

    Only one way to freedom: Savage Revolution.

  • GenJackRipper

    From the looks of it, Switzerland is turning more and more right-wing. All referendums go the right way, people keep voting SVP and so forth.
    Give it time and I bet they’ll start expelling those criminal albanians.

  • David

    This is the Taki who defends Assad, whose thugs have done to death about 100 times as many innocents as have recently been killed in Gaza…telling us that all else fades into insignificance besides Gaza! The Wehrmacht loving Jew (and Arab) hater who should have be fired from the Speccie long ago