In Danish, you can ask someone – usually a politician or a high-ranking civil servant – to “shut up retroactively” (“holde kæft med tilbagevirkende kraft”). For some reason, I can’t recall ever reading or hearing a similar expression in Swedish or English, so maybe this tells us something about the Danes.
In any event, the former political spokesman of the Liberal Party (and winner of the celebrity “Stagelight” competition on DR TV 2005) and present manager of TV2 Radio, Jens Rohde, in an interview with the tabloid BT managed to comment the Social Democratic leader, Helle Torning-Schmidt, in a rather patronizing way and has now been told by the General Manager of TV2, Per Mikael Jensen, to shut op – preferably retroactively.
It should be noted that Rohde’s appointment was met with raised eyebrows among the opposition and political commentators: Choosing an active politician for a high-profile media job in a state-owned corporation appeared to fit in a line of appointments of managers with Liberal or Conservative credentials – not that the Social Democrats were ever strangers to politically motivated appointments in the media sector.
Just as background: What Rohde said about Ms. Thorning-Schmidt was, that he didn’t see her as a credible candidate for the Prime Minister’s office and that the media would have torn her apart, had she been a man.