Headlines you will never see in other countries
“Elin, 16, was raped – the man’s supervisor was involved in the assault.” Consider that headline . You get a sense of surrealism. A bit the same feeling as when you read the headline “Iraqi Minister of Defense receives grant from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency”, in Aftonbladet “SKL: Adult men are placed in high school” and in SVT “Malmö paid millions – gang criminals got luxury apartments”. The suspicion is that headlines like these are not available in other countries.
Sweden has done it again! Expressen’s and Acta Publica’s review of lay supervisors shows an unbelievable gullibility. The review showed that hundreds of lay supervisors were linked to organized crime or extremism. Several supervisors have been suspected or convicted of crimes together with their clients. You shake your head when you read: “- It is remarkable that a person who has been co-accused in the same case then becomes assistant supervisor for the person convicted in the case”.
This is not the first time you have read about Sweden’s somewhat special gullibility towards criminals. How many times have you not read about how criminals abuse the trust of Swedish authorities? It was written, for example, about how Malmö paid 70 million to a supported housing that would make criminals change careers. SVT Nyheter then revealed that a group of gang criminals used the apartments in the supported housing as a base for, among other things, extortion activities and bombings.
However, the feeling of surrealism is not only linked to gullibility towards criminals. It’s a bit of the same feeling as when you read about the Iraqi Minister of Defense. It was at the end of 2019 that Nyheter Idag was able to make the absolutely fantastic revelation that the then Iraqi Minister of Defense and his wife actually received a grant from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency because they “stated that they lacked earned income”.
This happened at about the same time as he was accused of having contributed to the deaths of 320 people in Iraq in connection with protests against the regime. Later we could read in Expressen that all criminal suspicions of subsidy crimes had been dropped and that he had moved back to Sweden.
Sweden has also previously made itself known for an gullibility that has approached the absurd. During the refugee crisis, the municipalities alerted about adult men in housing for children. SR reported : “Today, there are over-aged children out in our homes for unaccompanied minors. I have been out in 19 counties and the question comes up everywhere “, and” we have had someone who was gray-haired “.
There were also serious consequences, SR says that the municipality “reported a rape attempt to the police where an elderly youth is suspected of having raped a child”. Aftonbladet pointed out from about the same time that “then it goes to adult men, who have not passed high school, together with young girls in ninth grade”.
This was from a time when our neighboring countries were already making medical age assessments. One in three unaccompanied minors in Denmark and Finland had their age assessed, and in Norway it was three out of four.
Still, perhaps the most astonishing stories of gullibility and money laundering come from reports of non-profit associations that have received financial support from public funds to conduct socially beneficial activities. Recently, the Sweden Democrats’ media channel Riks made an acclaimed report about Rajo, a Somali cultural association in Nynäshamn.
It is actually difficult to keep from laughing when it emerges that the association has received over one million in state subsidies from the National Agency for Education, despite the fact that the association’s chairman and many other representatives do not even exist. You can’t believe your ears when the vice chairman is almost carelessly confronted with lie after lie when he answers Riks’ questions.
Is not this high “trust” from Swedish authorities basically something good, one might wonder? No, trust has in many cases gone far too far with Swedish authorities. Sweden is no longer the whole nation of law-abiding citizens it once was. Both gross violence and welfare fraud have been rampant in recent decades, and our authorities must realize that this change has taken place.
What’s going on in the mind of a working taxpayer who reads about the million grants awarded to the camel center in Angered even though no trace of this center can be seen on site? When a taxpayer reads about how Malmö has previously given emergency aid even to undocumented representatives, without checking that the undocumented person even exists? Today we have the third highest tax burden of the OECD countries and an ordinary worker pays half of his income in tax.
At the same time as tax evasion continues in the form of support for bluffing associations and criminals, such things as system-threatening crime from family-based networks and healthcare are on their knees. It is easy to imagine that the willingness to pay taxes is eroded when taxpayers look at how tax money goes to ideological projects while the core businesses are dragged down with difficulties. Add to that the suffering of the victims who are directly affected by these criminals who have deceived our gullible authorities.
Given the stories above about the credulity of our authorities, we should perhaps be happy that criminals do not have the opportunity to supervise themselves and get paid for it in the meantime.
Mattias Lindberg is a columnist in Bulletin. He has a master’s degree in Technical Physics, and works as a programmer and leads a group of programmers in Stockholm. Lindberg is a bourgeois debater who, among other things, has written debate articles for Expressen Debatt and GP Debatt.