Persson ‘disgusted’ by Liberal violation

Prime minister Göran Persson has said he is "disgusted" by the attempts of people within the Liberal Party youth movement to access the Social Democrats' internal computer network.

The affair could affect the result of the election, Persson said.

He was echoing early comments from his party secretary Marita Ulvskog, who said her party’s election campaign has been damaged by the actions of two officials at the Liberal Party’s youth wing, who accessed the Social Democrats’ intranet without authorization.

Marita Ulvskog said her party was taken completely by surprise last Wednesday when a journalist started asking questions about the breach. Since then, her party’s security officers have been trying to discover how often the system had been violated.

Ulvskog said it was hard to define in exactly what way the party’s campaign had been affected, claiming that it was the overall knowledge gained by the opposition that was damaging.

“When they are sitting there with the same knowledge about our election campaign as we have in the leadership of the Social Democratic Party, then it affects things in a way so maybe you can’t point to individual details.”

Ulvskog said that it was good that Liberal leader Lars Leijonborg had been guarded in his comments, but said that is was discouraging that he had not addressed the question of how far confidential information had formed the basis of the Liberals’ actions in the election campaign.

“I have noted that he has not given guarantees about anyone other than himself. We want him to guarantee that leading representatives [of the Liberal Party] have not been involved in this,” he said.

The press secretary of the Liberal youth wing (LUF), Per Jodenius, has admitted accessing the Social Democrats’ intranet and has been fired. Another senior member of the youth party and parliamentary candidate from Skaraborg resigned last night after admitting accessing the governing party’s network.

Some of the violations of the Social Democrats’ system have been traced to the computer of Nina Larsson, secretary of LUF and a parliamentary candidate. She has denied having accessed the network, saying that she shared a room with Jodenius and that they often used each others’ computers.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime