This week and next week, Swedish Television is broadcasting four one-hour programmes with interviews reporter Erik Fichtelius made with Göran Persson during his time as Swedish prime minister and chairman of the Social Democrats.
News of the project first emerged in 2002 and caused some controversy as Fichtelius was working on the project while he was also political commentator on SvT’s news programme Aktuellt. Fichtelius was eventually forced to resign from that job and concentrate on the Persson project.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to watch the first two programmes but have recorded them for later viewing.
According to media reports, the first programmes have already given some examples of vintage Persson including – depending on your point of view – insults against or frank analyses of party comrades Mona Sahlin and Erik Åsbrink as well as the former leader of the Left Party Gudrun Schyman and the then leader of the Conservative Party Carl Bildt.