• Sweden's news in English

Tweeting Bildt to journo: 'Look for a proper job'

The Local · 6 Apr 2012, 10:32

Published: 06 Apr 2012 10:32 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Citing anonymous sources at government offices, Niklas Svensson at newspaper Expressen said Bildt was the only government minister not to unreservedly commit to a full term when Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in 2010 asked every member of the cabinet to stay in office for a full four years.

According to Svensson’s sources, Bildt is already in the process of planning his exit.

In the article, however, Bildt dismissed the claims as ”nonsense” before taking to the internet to ram home his point.

The web-savvy minister, who has long run an influential blog, used his Twitter account to respond directly to Expressen’s experienced political reporter:

”@niklassvensson Sources in the readership consider it likely that Niklas Svensson will leave Expressen. To look for a proper job,” Bildt wrote.

”No, @carlbildt, I’m not looking for a new job. Your sources are wrong,” Svensson responded.

”Them too?” came Bildt’s curt reply.

In the eyes of many Twitter users, this two-word parting shot gave Bildt a clear victory in the brief online spat.

Story continues below…

”@niklassvensson Haha, you just got totally owned by @carlbildt! ;)” wrote user @qpaqex.

Although he refused to admit defeat, Svensson did note that there was nothing quite like a duel with arguably Sweden’s most charismatic cabinet minister to get opinions flying round the net.

“Have never before experienced such vitality on twitter as when @carlbildt retaliated this morning. He gets people going, undoubtedly. And he is kind of funny.”

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

11:09 April 6, 2012 by Da Goat
Excellent long range sniping!

"one should not play chicken with a rooster, they do it for a living"
12:36 April 6, 2012 by Great Scott
So according to the pig headed useless buffoon Bildt, Journalism is not a proper job, I hope all you journalists out there are listening.

And as for

"According to Svensson's sources, Bildt is already in the process of planning his exit. In the article, however, Bildt dismissed the claims as "nonsense" before taking to the internet to ram home his point."

This is true, but it is the people of Sweden that are in the process of planning his exit along with the rest of his right wing arrogant cronies.
18:43 April 6, 2012 by respect4ALL
the journalist got a deserved bitter and sour reply...

bravo mr minister!!
22:22 April 6, 2012 by diegoveggie
bildt is a douchbag. he makes a fortune doing absolutely nothing, just tweeting and being a douchface
23:13 April 6, 2012 by Twiceshy

SARAJEVO -- A former Hague spokeswoman verbally attacked the Swedish foreign minister during the marking of the anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war.

Both Florence Hartmann, a journalist formerly employed as the spokeswoman of Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, and Carl Bildt were in Sarajevo to attend ceremonies marking 20 years since the start of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Hartmann spoke publicly, in front of the citizens of Sarajevo, to accuse Bildt of "not doing enough when he could have", and offer her opinion that the Swedish minister "does not deserve" to be there:

"Why is he here today? When he could do something he was saying that Milošević was a nice guy. And that's in the transcripts. And I'm sorry he doesn't deserve to be here today."

She also accused him of "not doing enough" to prevent the suffering in Sarajevo and Bosnia during the war.

Bildt, who was several feet away when she addressed him, ignored the outburst.

In its report from Sarajevo, Beta news agency notes that the Swedish minister participated in the negotiations aimed at ending the war in Bosnia as EU's special envoy for the former Yugoslavia, and that he subsequently "testified on behalf of former RS President Biljana Plavšić, who was convicted of war crimes".
Today's headlines
Löfven: 'Sweden will double its number of troops in Iraq'
Stefan Löfven and Haider al-Abadi during the visit on Monday. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has promised to double his country's number of troops in Iraq following a meeting with Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi on Monday.

Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
Should Swedes think fairtrade with porn? Photo: Karin Malmhav/SvD/TT

A fairtrade attitude to pornography would be beneficial, Sweden's health minister told The Local.

Presented by Stockholm University
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Nordic fashion took centre stage in the Swedish capital last week as Stockholm University hosted the “first-ever” academic conference looking at luxury and sustainability in the fashion industry.

Referee, coach and parents in Swedish youth football fight
File photo of a referee holding a red card not related to the story. Photo: Stefan Jerrevång/TT

A football dad broke his leg in the brawl in front of 11-year-old kids after a Hammarby youth football game.

Illicit abattoir kept more than 100 bulls' penises
A couple of young bulls not related to the story. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Dried cattle genitalia, goats' heads and hundreds of litres of lard were just a few of the many strange finds discovered when police raided a property in Sweden.

This is officially Sweden's most beautiful beard
The most beautiful beard in Sweden. Photo: Memo Göcek

According to a jury of barbers and 'well known bearded profiles', that is.

Presented by Invest Stockholm
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm

You might think it’s hard to make friends in a new city. But if at first you don’t succeed – try something else!

Injured Swedish photographer protected by 'guardian angel'
Swedish photographer Paul Hansen on another occasion. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Photographer Paul Hansen thanked his lucky stars for surviving sniper fire while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

How Sweden is trying to smooth relations with Saudis
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven meeting Saudi Arabia's Trade Minister Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has visited Saudi Arabia a year and a half after relations turned frosty in a major diplomatic row.

My Swedish Career
'Swedish people love it, but they find it quite odd'
Scottish entrepreneur William Macdonald. Photo: Michael Campanella

Meet the web developer and entrepreneur using traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing to break the ice with Swedes.

Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available