The Rotten Governance of Rosenbad
Right in the middle of the election campaign, the Constitutional Ombudsman JO has published his report on the behaviour of the Prime Minister's State Secretary Lars Danielsson.
Some might remember that I have written about this several times during the years. In my opinion, it was obvious that Mr Danielsson had lied to the Parliamentary Commission set up to clarify the governments handling of the December 2004 Tsunami disaster.
But Mr Danielsson was consistently protected by the Prime Minister.
Gradually during the Spring the media pressure on the issue intensified. There were extensive revelation of how Mr Danielsson had used the Gulfstream IV executive jet of the government on missions that certainly did not require it.
When the Constitutional Ombudsman JO decided to take up the issue, Mr Danielsson asked for an extended vacation. He has now been on vacation for 14 weeks, and is scheduled to go back to work in the Cabinet Office on Monday.
That is now unthinkable.
Without using those words, the JO is saying that it is highly likely that Mr Danielsson has been lying throughout the different investigations, and sums up that he has seriously hindered the review and investigation of the governments conduct.
In my opinion, Mr Danielsson has to be relieved of his duties immediately.
I don't think it has ever happened that a person on this high level has been so harshly critized on such a central issue by such an authoritative body.
It isn't the rotten governance of Sweden - it's the rotten governance of Rosenbad; the Prime Minister's Office.