It is always nice being tagged as essential reading – and of cause it happens exactly when you don’t have the time to provide a lot of posts.
Anyway: I’m alive and well and will be back on the blog next week.
Just a short note about the “bordello affair”, I wrote about yesterday. Barbro Hedvall – who for obvious reasons has a better knowledge of 1970s Swedish politics and media than I have – considers if the rumours about the former Justice Minister Lennart Geijer might come out of bureaucratic politics with people in the Swedish police mounting a slander campaign against Geijer who was seen as a reformer or – if you like – “soft on crime”.
One thing is certain: Swedish police is a fascinating subject, even today. (Occasionally, I feel that Sjöwall and Wahlöö weren’t writing a satire in their description of the Swedish police).
When it comes to the question of presenting allegations without material evidence aginst people who are long dead, I’d take Ulf Bjereld’s side in the argument. And while we’re at it: Maybe someone ought to check Swedish Wikipedia’s article about Geijer.