Over the last few decades Sweden has attempted to project itself onto the world stage by being a “moral superpower” – in the words, I think, of Olaf Palme. By its own image and example, Sweden could present a social democratic alternative to the dictatorship and rampant capitalism of both blocs.
Now Sweden has a new cabinet, and who should front Sweden’s example to the world? Step forward Carl Bildt. As a member of the board of Lundin Oil, Bildt will have seen first hand what it means for the world to fail in its moral responsibilities. During his time as a board member of that company, Lundin employed child soldiers to guard its depots, supported the Sudanese government in their abuse of human rights, and was accused of complicity in the slave trade.
Well done Sweden – the country of the New Caring Sharing Moderate Tories – you are an example to us all.