April 25, 2005
Our Committed Vice President.
TEBAF (The Ever Blessed and Fragrant) Magot’s blog has a ringing declaration of her love for the EU (despite some squabbles) and explains that she has zero desire to go back into Swedish domestic politics:
BUT I AM SERIOUS! I am committed and enthusiastic to fulfil my task as Vice-President of the European Commission. The task before me is not an easy one. I am responsible for Commission‘s actions to advocate and inform about the European Constitution. I have a full agenda of visits in Member States, meetings, speeches etc. I am preparing a new Communication Strategy for the Commission and actively working with national parliaments.
Now as you know I am not a cynic at all, I always believe that people act from the purest of motives, that there is never a dark side nor an underlying cause. So it is slightly surprising for me to find this report from a Swedish newspaper:
The Swedish people’s favourite as Göran Persson’s successor, Margot Wallström, has now been drawn into the SSU scandal. An investigation for Expressen shows that the SSU district in Värmland received more than a million kronor in contributions from the county council during the years when Wallström was chair. But almost half of the members accounted for had not paid their membership fee. Hundreds of thousands of kronor too much may therefore have been paid in contributions, according to Expressen’s calculations.
As I point out above, I’m not a cynic in any way, shape or form.
But don’t Commissioners enjoy immunity from prosecution while they retain their jobs?
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I can't imagine that she would be prosecuted anyway. It's more than 20 years ago and in Sweden there are limitations when it comes to how long after the crime the prosecution has to begin. Since it's 25 years for murder, fraud can't reasonably be more than a couple of years.
Posted by: Dennis | Apr 25, 2005 1:09:41 PM
Great, she'll be free to be the next manager of the England football team.
Posted by: dearieme | Apr 25, 2005 2:11:07 PM
I am an American and for strange reason I have become fascinated with the EU constitution debate and also TEBF Margot's blog. Every time she posts I am shaking my head in disbelief. This EU constitution debate is like watching train wreck ... darkly fascinating and I am thrilled to not be involved.
WOW no statue of limitations on murder in Sweden. So that means if you are really good at and don't get caught for 25+ years then you get away with it. It makes sense murderers should get off if they clever enough to conceal their crimes for that long ;)
Posted by: leni | Apr 25, 2005 3:01:55 PM
sorry added the "no" before statue of limitation. It must be utter disbelief that a country could have a statue of limitation on murder.
Posted by: leni | Apr 25, 2005 3:09:02 PM
We actually have something similar in Britain, it's called the South Wales Police (/snark)
Posted by: Alex | Apr 26, 2005 10:35:02 AM