Trade minister resigns

It seems the pressure of the last week has been too much for the Minister for Trade, who announced this morning that she would resign. Apparently her claim that she had not had enough money to pay employers tax for her nanny during the nineties just provoked a media frenzy into her personal finances which revealed not just her substantial income, but also various other irregularities. She too had not paid for a TV license, it was revealed that her summer house was owned by an offshore company which again avoided tax and finally it seems that there was some shady dealing concerning her share portfolio. She said that the pressure of the week was just too much for her, her family, friends, and neighbours and announced her resignation, after just a week in her new position. The following comment appeared in The Local, the internet based Swedish news in English service

The journalist, author and businesswoman was one of the big surprises in Fredrik Reinfeldt’s government. But as the revelations began to hit the front pages, her political inexperience was evident.

I take it that this refers to the thick skin that is required by all politicians, who should be impervious to the comments of media and anyone else for that matter.

Today’s quote for government (courtesy of my friend Paulo Ekkebus):

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. (P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian)

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