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How would you feel about Blair getting a bung from the Bank of England for writing his memoirs?

Because that is what is happening in Sweden - former PM Göran Persson is getting just over £50,000 from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation: "We have a policy to support projects that shed light on Swedish history. In this case the former prime minister is contributing to making available for researchers material that is not in the national archives" [Daniel Tarschys, chairman of the foundation] said.

It does not say much about Persson's ability to knock out a page turner that his memoirs 'need' to be subsidised, does it?


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Anonymous depressed Svede said... 10:42 am

I are soor day sall be riveting.

50 quid seems are a bargain.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:48 am

Ahem, missing zero added.

Perhaps Bergman can be tempted into making a film of the book.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 11:38 am

Blair gets bungs left right and centre I dont belive for one second that he didnt pinch some of that £14 million.
His advance from murdoch is a bung for services rendered , a standard one for all politicians.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 11:39 am

Croydonian you are the fount of all knowledge, has anybody ever made a book out of a film?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:43 am

Hitch - it happens all the time: they are called novelisations.  

Anonymous depressed Svede said... 11:48 am

Bergman? Hmm. The 8th Seal. Oink oink.  

Blogger Newmania said... 11:54 am

Although C as I was reading in Mathew Paris`s collumn the other day its rather frustrating ,to a free marketeer like you, that Sweden seems to continue to be welathy healthy and happy .

Don`t quite understand it myself  

Blogger The Hitch said... 12:00 pm

well i prefer more heavyweight reading material
last thing I read was peter kays autobiography , I still have allan bennets AB by the bed , cant get into it  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:10 pm

N - The Swedes never went in for nationalisation UK style, so they had an essentially market economy all along, but with an awful lot of welfarism thrown in. I would argue that Sweden has been a comparatively successful society despite rather than because of that.  

Anonymous depressed alcoholic Svede said... 5:05 pm

Who say vi ar heppy?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:35 pm

DAS - Your compatriots themselves  

Blogger tory boys never grow up said... 8:01 am

Probably on a par with charitable status being given to the Margaret Thatcher Archive.  

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