From Aftonbladet.se today
Who takes responsibility when the government forces Saab out of business?
April 26, 2011, at 11:41 Written by Robert Collin
Why is Sweden so hostile to its car industry?
In no other country in the world a government is actively working so hard to close down its car production. In no other country are people up like a man and chanting “Close the s*it down!”.
Only in Sweden.
I am ready to cry at the total lack of expertise, analysis and wise, long-term decisions.
Where are we going? What’s next? Closing our mines (environmental authorities are working hard on that line)?, close the primary industry? Stop the small-scale fisheries in the Baltic Sea?
But what do we live from then?
Minister of enterprise Maud Olofsson (C) has seriously suggested that Saab in Trollhättan could start building wind turbines! A political speech without factual basis, but which may be an amazing punch when it is the Minister (= government) who says it.
Sweden is a competitive industrial country that stands up well in comparison with giants like Germany and France, both in terms of productivity and costs.
In Germany and France governments do all they can to save its auto industry, they go in with billion in state aid well before crisis strikes. And no one boasts about the “risking the taxpayers ‘money”, all agree that it is precisely with such efforts, in the long run SAVING taxpayers’ money “.
Volvo sold out to the Chinese entrepreneur Li Shofu. But the tragicomedy of the deal is that the Chinese government went in with the Chinese tax payers’ money to fund half of the purchase. So important did the Communist Party of China believe the deal was.
How long can we allow the government to impoverish Sweden as an industrial country?
Who takes responsibility for the government wich right now is trying to force Saab out of business?