Corruption Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder

October 22, 2009 at 09:00 Leave a comment

Unfortunately, corruption isn’t something that’s alien to the Israeli body politic. In resent days, the extravagant bill for the defense minister’s visit to the last Aviation Salon in Paris hit the headline when the State Comptroller published a critical report.

But that’s not all. It’s been a bad press week for Ehud Barak, since he — together with three other MKs — recently were criticized by the Knesset for skipping too many plenary sessions. This latest form of misconduct is not, however, limited to our own little Levantine banana republic.

It happens in Sweden as well.

Former minister of justice, Thomas Bodström, the president of the judicial committee at the Swedish Parliament and the opposition spokesperson on legal issues, hasn’t been present much in the Riksdag in the last year. TV4 studied where he’d been when he’s chair in the chamber has been left vacant, and it turns out that he at least hasn’t been at home sleeping in.

Mr. Boström has been working — as a lawyer. Simultaneously with receiving his salary from Parliament, he’s also been representing clients in court — and made tens of thousands of crowns in the process.

Whereas Barak and the other three Israeli parliamentarians have been fined for skipping Knesset sessions, Bodström faces no consequences. In fact, Mona Sahlin, the leader of the Social-Democratic party only thinks that it’s a positive thing that her party members have experience from outside of the parliamentary work.

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