I am missing nationalism (The Swedish government is not like other governments)
July 9, 2011 in News
Tompa asked me to post the following article from di.se:
I’m missing nationalism
He diqualifies the governments actions when it comes to Saab.
Head of the Automotive components group (FKG) Sven Åke Berglie also think that Minister of Enterprise Maud Olofsson shows uninterest and lacks skills of leadership.
When Sven Åke Berglie sums up his twelve years as Head of FKG, his critique is anything but mild.
Berglie is retiring in the beginning of September. He’s been through record-breaking years like in 2007 only to the year after lead the organization through an almost bottomless depression in the wake of the financial crisis.
Berglie has been the face and spokesperson for the more anonymous sub contractors when Saab’s, Volvo’s and Scania’s ordeals have been lifted in the media. He has been straight forward in questions and has always seen to be available.
How does he grade the Reinfeldt government and its actions through the years of crisis?
During the financial crisis Minister of Finance Anders Borg, and his coworkers, did a brilliant job. But we would have liked to see a Minister of Enterprise that at least had cared of our sector, but my thoughts are that she hasn’t. It feels a bit strange. We missed leadership during the crisis.
What grade does he give?
How do you think Maud Olofsson has handled Saab?
It begun with some strange statements about instead building Windmills in Trollhättan.. Yet again I’m missing leadership
What is wrong with Antonov? Berglie asks rhetorically.
If I’d been Anders Borg, I’d be pinning the EIB up against the wall. Bo Lundgren of the NDO worked swiftly and approved Antonov, says Berglie and wonders why the government isn’t following the directives from it’s own expert authority.
In your opinion, why is the government ambivalent in this matter?
It feels like there is a Hidden Agenda. But there might be no such thing. But if no information is handed that only leads to suspicion
What would you like to see from the politicians?
I’m missing, lets say, a bit of nationalism. To see what might be good for Sweden. As an example Sweden has stricter rules for endorsements to research than what the EU stipulates.
On a related note: I do not want to promise too much, but I’ve been told we will see some additional criticism of the government the coming week. The question is no longer what the government can do for Saab, but rather what they have actively done to make life difficult for Saab. We have hinted at these things in the past, but now a couple of djup strupes have come forward with some damning evidence that we are currently trying to verify. I am confident Saab will have all the pieces in place shortly, but it will not be thanks to the government. It will be in spite of certain elements within the government. Mr Berglie is being very diplomatic in his assessment above. That is unfortunately the extent of what I can say at this time. To be continued…