Posts Tagged ‘Andreas Carlgren


Regrets; I’ve had a few…

Sitting on the train back from the year’s political high point, (in Sweden at least) Almedal- politician week in the nice city of Visby I can’t help admitting to a feeling of regret. One of the few regrets I feel the need to mention.

On Tuesday we, that is Friends of the Earth Sweden, gave Andreas Carlgren, the Swedish environment minister, our Greenwash prize. With 60% of the vote Andreas left the rest of the field miles behind. And the competition was stiff I tell you, I mean BP was also nominated, but remained an also ran. Andreas is without any doubt the Swedish Master of Greenwash.

Why pick on the poor minister, he does his best you might think. And it is true, if you can be bothered to listen to what he says, his environmental rhetoric is first class. This is the man who at one time was a most vocal opponent of a western bypass round Stockholm, now, years later, after his radical youthful views have been well proven to be true, he is suggesting, no not just suggesting but telling us that the same project he was so opposed to before is now good for the environment.

All Stockholm needs is a nice new urban motorway to clean up the environment, yeah right. Come on Andreas tell us about the “lots of money” new suburban development is going to help make a few people rich but give the poor environment a break, please.

When we announced the award on Tuesday Andreas was for some reason not disposed to turn up and accept the honour. That is why on Wednesday when opportunity knocked we made the effort to personally hand his prize over and ask him for a chance to discuss these motorway things he is so keen on. We tried to talk to him.

This brings me back to my regrets, I have one major regret after my week on Gotland. My regret is that I didn’t pour a coffee cup full of green slime over the reverend minister when I had the chance. I might be sat in jail now, instead of the train home to Göteborg. But at least I would have too few regrets to mention.

On the train back from Stockholm, 10 July 2010


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