Leijonborg’s evening of destiny

Liberal Party leader Lars Leijonborg reckons he got lucky when he was picked to be the last of Swedish Television's pre-election leader interviews.

It means that on Thursday evening he has the chance to win back the public confidence that has been lost since the scandal broke over Liberals breaking into the Social Democrats’ network.

“In this situation it feels important to speak about the Liberals’ policies. I’ve been involved in many crises in my political life, but this is undeniably one of the worst,” wrote Leijonborg in his weekly letter to the party faithful.

He wrote the missive while he was preparing for the TV grilling – in which he hopes to be asked about election issues, rather than the unauthorised accessed to the Social Democrats’ network gained by Liberal Party workers.

Leijonborg wrote that he is “very, very sorry” for what happened and that it is a story that only has losers. But he added that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

“It’s really a case of crocodile tears when Göran Persson and Marita Ulvskog describe the damage caused by a few Liberal party workers getting access to some information about their plans last winter,” he wrote.