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They do things differently in....Sweden

Faced with a biker gang it wanted out of the area, the Swedish municipality of Sandviken came up with quite a wheeze - it bought them out, at a cost of SK200,000 - say £15,000.

The Moderates, the Swedish equivalent of the Tories, and our allies in the International Democrat Union, were alone in refusing to sanction the deal. My Swedish is not all it could be, but it looks as though the Socialists run the show in Sandviken, although as a minority administration.

I am torn between thinking it diabolical that politicians should pay off what it considers undesirables, and a degree of admiration for choosing a market-led solution to the problem.

If Sandviken had taken a more gung ho approach to the problem, local enterprise Sandvik might have been prepared to lend it equipment for any eviction.
Its 6 tonne reef dozer, "the Sandvik ultra-low profile, radio-remote-controlled LZ100L is designed to push blasted ore more quickly and efficiently out of very low stopes or panels into adjacent haulage drifts" sounds like it would have made light work of the hangar in question.

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Blogger Ed said... 1:14 pm

Is there anything to stop the gang re-forming and coming back for more?  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:28 pm

"Once you have paid him the Danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane"  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:10 am

Ed - I suspect not.

Anon - Rarely a truer word said.  



Blogger Ed said... 1:09 pm

Sorry Mr C sometimes I comment before I engage brain.  



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