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Juholt defiant in face of calls to step down

The Local/pvs · 11 Oct 2011, 17:28

Published: 11 Oct 2011 17:28 GMT+02:00

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Juholt emerged from a meeting with the party's MPs on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of a pending party leader debate in the Riksdag on Wednesday, and declined to answer questions on the case which is subject to a criminal investigation.

"There are lot of rumours in circulation. It is good that a preliminary investigation is ongoing as many are disappointed," Juholt told journalists.

Juholt's assistant Peter Cervin told the Dagens Industri daily on Tuesday that he informed the Social Democrat leader in August of the discrepancies in the payment for rental accommodation in Stockholm which he shares with his girlfriend.

Since that date Håkan Juholt has submitted a new application for payment to the Riksdag, complete with a demand for the full rent despite the fact that regulations stipulate that he is only entitled to half the amount.

Cervin's report has however since been disputed by the Social Democrat's Riksdag office head Sven-Eric Söder, who claimed that he only became party to the information on September 19th, after the new application form had been submitted.

Meanwhile Marianne Bjernbeck at the Riksdag administration claims that she informed both Söder and Cervin during the summer.

After the meeting with the party's MPs Juholt continued to deny that he deliberately intended to claim funds to which he was not entitled, and argued that he felt a strong support from the party.

Göran Dahlberg, a Social Democrat in Katrineholm in eastern Sweden, called on Tuesday for Juholt to step down.

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"I understand this. There have been a number of days of attention surrounding my mistake. I have been certain that I done the right thing. I can understand that such demands are forthcoming," Juholt said.

"I have a very strong support within the party," he added.

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18:09 October 11, 2011 by Svensksmith
I vill not schtep down!
18:35 October 11, 2011 by ITkiwi
Time to pull the snout out of the trough fat boy
19:27 October 11, 2011 by Tysknaden
He is the man the Socialdemocrat party deserves. He socialises. That's a tradition.
20:36 October 11, 2011 by StuartM
I'm sure most of the politicians in the Alliance have done far worse but it still doesn't look good and he's clearly a liability to his party. If they get rid of him though it shouldn't be over this, it should be over his betrayal of important social democratic principles and his pathetic shadow budget which involved copying basically all of Borg's policies. They need a much stronger leader who goes on the offensive and champions a real alternative to the neoliberal, capitalist dictatorship which prevails in Sweden and most other western countries (with perhaps the partial exception of Norway).
21:46 October 11, 2011 by The Grand Master
Please stay on, you are fantastic. A political heavyweight. (The Alliance in power for two generations!)

'Neoliberal capitalist dictatorship which prevails in Sweden and most other western countries' ??? Eh? That's a new one on me. Off to North Korea or Cuba with you dear boy.
22:05 October 11, 2011 by swedejane
Back to his Laurel and Hardy improv gig I guess...
04:37 October 12, 2011 by OUIJA
Mona Sahlin was crucified for some Toblerones. Reinfeldt lost two ministers because they had not paid their television licences. An this guy is defiant in face of calls to step down? I do not think the Social Democrats will let him continue with his circus. He started as a joke, he is a joke and will continue as a joke. He is the best thing ever happened to Reinfeldt and to Åkesson; more to Åkesson than to Reinfeldt.
05:11 October 12, 2011 by Not Dumb
I've read all the comments, read the article before it. Why is it that no one seems to mention that the present government's neoliberal tax cuts and corporate welfare have negatively and severely impacted the university system, this being only one of the early symptoms of the coming problem? The financial cut 0f 2013 is cited, but not that it's precipitated -- as is virtually every other cut here -- by the lack of funding due to the neoliberal 'reforms' which have left Sweden unable to maintain its once excellent educational, healthcare, elder care, pension, and other societal systems.

While the 'reforms' have made the rich here considerably richer, society is hurting, and the 'Nazis' mentioned in comment #14 have risen by blaming everything on those of foreign origins...or, even better put, the Sweden Democrats have. But, the problem is the 'reforms' that are killing and dividing this once truly great society, and I lack the words to express my outrage about the tragedy now ongoing.

I understand there's an 'Occupy' movement in Sweden, one part of it demonstrating at Sergels Torg in Stockholm this Saturday from noon to six. It would be good if the 99% of Swedes that don't reap the benefits the 1% do woke up. Sadly, denial runs deep here, as does the present xenophobia...but once Swedes had a strong tradition of worker solidarity, and there might be enough embers of that fire remaining to burn away the madness that's brought things to the sorry state they are. We can only watch and see.

And, to avoid meaningless debate with an SD troll, I will apologize that this is all I have to say on the issue.
08:55 October 12, 2011 by RobinHood
These past few weeks we have read on TT about Social Democrats who betrayed their friends and country to the East German secret service. Social Democrats who betrayed Swedish orphans and abandoned children to sexual and physical abuse at state run homes and foster families, and a Social Democrat mayor who persecuted Jews and is on the Simon Wiesenthal watch list. Now, we learn that the Social Democrat leader party leader steals large amounts of money from the tax payer and cheats on his expenses, but refuses to resign. And he is supported by the Social Democrat party as a jolly good fellow.

This confused and/or dishonest man leads Sweden's largest party. Incredibly, the greater proportion of the Swedish electorate thinks all this is OK. People get the government they deserve, but has Sweden really sunk to the depths of moral decay and corruption that is the current membership of the Social Democrat party and its supporters? No one deserves that.
09:17 October 12, 2011 by Kevin Harris
@Not Dumb

You have not lived up to your name. You have posted your comment in the wrong forum.

Less socialist claptrap, and a little more focus next time please.
11:14 October 12, 2011 by nolikegohome
Has Mr.Juholt left the building yet?
12:06 October 12, 2011 by conboy
The Swedish Social Democrats socialists? None of you have a clue really have you? As for Juholt and his mates note that the parliamentary SD group continue to back him. More of the same from the Moderates Lite !!!
13:30 October 12, 2011 by Great Scott
@Kevin Harris

I am afraid to say Not Dumb does have it right. Just like all conservative polices they have a sweet taste to start with then turn sour. Only the few continue to savor the sweet taste.

There is a lot of speculation in this case, to start with the article states "defiant on Tuesday amid calls for him to step down", then goes on to say that one person "Göran Dahlberg, a Social Democrat in Katrineholm in eastern Sweden, called on Tuesday for Juholt to step down." Calls means more than one. Furthermore it states "conflicting reports". Until this is either proven or disproven then people should not throw stones, if he is guilty then I would support the findings and he should be sent to jail as did many UK conservatives Politian's were.

But just as I put an earlier article referring to the Julholt case, spend less time focusing on what the right have brain washed you into thinking and look at the facts.

"One thing about Sweden is that its system of rules is very unclear to the majority of people, the governments (past and present) incompetence does leave many unclear loose ends. However 160,000kr is hardly anything to shout about compared to the millions or even billions the moderates are throwing to fraudulent companies working under the moderate's atrocious phase 3 program (a program that sends them into hiding when questioned about)." Use some of your energy to focus and learn the truth about who is really ripping off the tax payers, you really will get a shock, but I expect you will turn a blind eye.
14:53 October 12, 2011 by Kevin Harris
@Great Scott

Oh good grief, what is it with you people? Not Dumb does not "have it right" at all!

His post concerns the debate about foreign students enrolling at Lund university (see Not Dumb's reference to #14 and "Nazis" in that forum. This forum is about the allegations of corruption against Håkan Juholt.

Has socialism suddenly become a synonym for stupidity? It seems that Not Dumb is in fact dumb, and Great Scott is not in fact Great. All we are left with is a Dumb Scott.
15:26 October 12, 2011 by Great Scott
@Kevin Harris

OK, I have my hands up. I am wrong, I read through all the replies to quick this time. What made me react was Not Dumb's comment "the present government's neoliberal tax cuts and corporate welfare" (Which is relevant to what Sweden's current government is throwing up) and your comment "Less socialist claptrap, and a little more focus next time please." Which LOL, the second part should also apply to me as well.

However I quite like our new name Dumb Scott and yes we have been a little stupid, but not as stupid not to see through the moderates polices and see where they are putting Swedish tax payers money and getting away with it.
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