The Swiss love of democracy has taken a bit of a flogging over the past few months with covid causing the first cancellation of a national referendum since 1951. The referendum, which was scheduled for 17th of May has now been rescheduled for 27th of September and there is a whopping 5 new federal initiatives that need the approval of the good folks of Switzerland.
First, and perhaps most importantly is that pantomime villains of Swiss politics, the SVP, want to end free movement of European citizens. They argue that current arrangements hurtsolder Swiss workers. Everyone else argues that it’s going to cause havoc with numerous other agreements. Most of the other parties are in firm opposition so i’m not convinced this is going to pass.
Won't Someone Think Of The Children
There’s nothing that excites the populace like tax and, somewhat counterintuitively, the SP have opposed an increase in child support from 6500 CHF to 10000 CHF per year. Why? Because the benefits would flow to families who pay federal direct taxes and whose incomes are already in excess of 100k per year. The SP think this is a touch unfair.
Pack It In
Have you ever seen a wolf in Switzerland? No, me neither, but after their reintroduction they have been making a nuisance of themselves, killing livestock and generally behaving like wolves. A new law would allow pre-emptive hunting if packs got to close to villages and would limit compensation to farmers who don't protect their flock/herds but of course this is opposed by the Greens and the SP. A very complicated topic to be sure…
Yay. Big shiny fighter jets. Just what Switzerland needs to battle her enemies, fight and keep her borders safe from…er…er… Any hoo, 6 billion for these aircraft is a lot of money and the SP, Greens and the «Group for Switzerland Without an Army» think this is a stinking great waste of money. The referendum reverses parliaments approval of the purchase of the aircraft and, as the polls stand, is the least likely to succeed. What a funny world we live in!
Where'd Daddy Go?
Two weeks paternity leave on 80% pay. It doesn’t seem a lot, especially compared to other countries but elements of the dastardly SVP think it’s way too much. The referendum will reverse the 2019 law that approved paternity pay, thus robbing fathers of a vital first few weeks bonding with their child.
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