The growing criticism towards SweGov made Maud “Windmill” Olofsson defend the stace she and the government took in the Saab affair (from http://ttela.se/ekonomi/saab/1.1582542-maud-olofsson-avvisar-saab-kritiken):
– We never said no to Vladimir Antonov, it was GM and the EIB. The power was with the EIB, which lent the money, this knew Victor Muller says Olofsson to Svenska Dagbladet.
I don’t want to be picky here, but as far as GM is concerned James Cain told a different story about Vladimir. But after all, annoyed me about SweGov was not what they did, it was what they did not do. A positive public statement could have been helpful, instead the politicians in charge at best took a duck and cover attitude. Quite often they even talked down Saab.
Of course Maud is right when she states that the reason for Saabs failure are to be found within the company. But when it comes to the obstacles Saab had to face on the quest for survival she was one of those adding a few more, even if just through doing nothing. Not surprising to see her point at everybody else now.
This is again something that makes me worry about that Japanese electric consortium involved in the bidding process. It will be hard enough to keep all members of the consortium on board over the long period until their plan could generate profit, but with govermental involvement – I don’t even want to think about that.