With elections less than two weeks off, and after trailing in the polls for some time, Social Democrat party secretary Marita Ulvskog has been calling for action:
“I wish people would choose to take responsibility and not pass the blame as Leijonborg has done,” Ulvskog said about Liberal Party head Lars Leijonborg, on Swedish Radio Wednesday morning.
“He is acting like a rapist who blames the victim instead of saying, ‘we have made a mistake, we take full responsibility.’”
Ulvskog was less bold when asked by the radio station if she thought Leijonborg should resign.
“I don’t want to get involved in that,” she said. “Of course, if he has had knowledge of this for a long time would he have reacted in the same way as the party secretary (Liberal Party Secretary Johan Jakobsson, who resigned after saying he has known about the break-ins for many months).”
Following the resignation on Tuesday night of Jakobsson, questions are now being
asked about whether Leijonborg was fully open about what he knew when the scandal broke.
Speaking on Swedish Television’s Aktuellt program on Tuesday, Leijonborg said Jakobsson told him on Sunday night that he had known about the violation since March. Now many newspapers say that this account does not tally with Leijonborg’s assertion on Monday that the party leadership knew nothing about the scandal.
“On the contrary, I believe that I have in every interview argued that I can’t vouch for anyone but myself.”
“When I spoke to Göran Persson yesterday, he said, ‘I read on a website that you can’t even rule out that Johan Jakobsson knew about it.’
”I think that I have expressed myself correctly – it could be that journalists have misunderstood,” said Leijonborg.