Friday, July 31, 2009

Money money money

No Swede could have missed the scandal surrounding Gotland's "landshövding" Marianne Samuelsson, who believes the rich and influential should most definitely be treated differently than the common man when it comes to building permits in protected areas, i.e. areas where you are normally not allowed to build anything. In other words, if you've got money and power, you'll be allowed to build a palace right on the beach, or inside a nature reserve. If you're not, forget it, you'll have to obey the law.

The funny thing is that she's still fully convinced there should not be equality for the law, and the only thing she regrets is that her views were caught on tape and ended up in the media.

And the real icing on the cake is the fact that Samuelsson used to be the spokesperson for Miljöpartiet, the Environmental Party, a political party fighting for the preservation of nature, not the exploitation of nature by rich and powerful people who stand above the law.

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