Lesson 53 (In the public interest)

What could not be reported in the official flees?


The Scandinavian countries are much admired all over the world for their enlightened social policies. Sweden has evolved an excellent system for protecting the individual citizen from highhanded or incompetent public officers. The system has worked so well, that it has been adopted in other countries too.

The Swedes were the first to recognize that public official like civil servants, police officers, health inspectors or tax-collectors can make mistakes or act over-zealously in the belief that they are serving the public. As long ago as 1809, the Swedish Parliament introduced a scheme to safeguard the interest of the individual. A parliamentary committee representing all political parties appoints a person who is suitably qualified to investigate private grievances against the State. The official title of the person is ‘Justiteombudsman’, but the Swedes commonly refer to him as the ‘J.O.’ or ‘Ombudsman’. The Ombudsman is not subject to political pressure. He investigates complaints large and small that come to him from all levels of society. As complaints must be made in writing, the Ombudsman receives an average of 1,200 letters a year. He has eight lawyer assistants to help him and examines every single letter in detail. There is nothing secretive about the Ombudsman’s work for his correspondence is open to public inspection. If a citizen’s complaint is justified, the Ombudsman will act on his behalf. The action he takes varies according to the nature of the complaint. He may gently reprimand an official or even suggest to parliament that a law the altered. The following case is a typical example of the Ombudsman’s work.

A foreigner living in a Swedish village wrote to the Ombudsman complaining that he had been ill-treated by the police, simply because he was a foreigner. The Ombudsman immediately wrote to the Chief of Police in the district asking him to send a record of the case. There was nothing in the record to show that the foreigner’s complaint was justified and the Chief of Police strongly denied the accusation. It was impossible for the Ombudsman to take action, but when he received a similar complaint from another foreigner in the same village, he immediately sent one of his layers to investigate the matter. The lawyer ascertained that a policeman had indeed dealt roughly with foreigners on several occasions. The fact that the policeman was prejudiced against foreigners could not be recorded in the official files. It was only possible for the Ombudsman to find this out by sending one of his representatives to check the facts. The policeman in question was severely reprimanded and was informed that if any further complaints were lodged against him, he would prosecuted. The Ombudsman’s prompt action at once put an end to an unpleasant practice which might have gone unnoticed.


55 Comments

  1. Hello, I check your blog regularly. Your writing style
    is witty, keep up the good work!

  2. My programmer is trying to persuade me to move
    to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on numerous websites for about a year and am nervous
    about switching to another platform. I have heard good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into
    it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  3. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some
    pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that,
    this is magnificent blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  4. If you are going for best contents like
    I do, just go to see this web page everyday since it presents quality contents, thanks

  5. Hello to all, for the reason that I am genuinely eager of reading this web site’s post
    to be updated daily. It carries good information.

  6. Thanks for any other fantastic post. Where else may
    anyone get that kind of info in such a perfect means of writing?
    I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

  7. I feel that is one of the such a lot significant information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But wanna
    statement on some common things, The web site taste is great, the articles
    is actually nice : D. Excellent process, cheers

  8. We are a gaggle of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with useful info to work on. You’ve
    done an impressive task and our entire group will be grateful to you.

  9. You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the work you write.
    The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid
    to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  10. I am really loving the theme/design of your weblog.
    Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues? A handful of my blog audience have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but
    looks great in Firefox. Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?

  11. This piece of writing is actually a fastidious one it helps new the web
    visitors, who are wishing in favor of blogging.

  12. Hi there, I want to subscribe for this weblog to obtain latest updates, so where can i do it please
    assist.

  13. Keep this going please, great job!

  14. I am genuinely pleased to read this web site posts which consists of plenty of
    useful data, thanks for providing these data.

  15. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get
    there! Thank you

  16. Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a information! present here
    at this website, thanks admin of this web site.

  17. Usually I don’t learn article on blogs, but I
    wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so!
    Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great post.

  18. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading
    it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come
    back sometime soon. I want to encourage you
    to ultimately continue your great job, have a nice holiday
    weekend!

  19. You can definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
    The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to
    say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  20. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites
    I stumbleupon every day. It’s always useful to read
    through articles from other writers and practice something from other websites.

  21. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but
    instead of that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read.
    I will certainly be back.

  22. Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is available
    on net?

  23. Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a very good article… but what can I say… I
    put things off a lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  24. It’s going to be ending of mine day, but
    before ending I am reading this enormous paragraph to increase my know-how.

  25. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how could i subscribe for
    a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal.
    I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast
    offered bright clear idea

  26. Hi colleagues, good post and pleasant urging commented at this place,
    I am truly enjoying by these.

  27. Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

  28. Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up
    fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link
    to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  29. Thanks very interesting blog!

  30. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d
    ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a
    blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of
    the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each
    other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  31. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m
    impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically
    the last part :) I care for such information much. I
    was seeking this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  32. Hi there to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from this web page, and your views are
    nice in favor of new people.

  33. I’m really loving the theme/design of your blog.
    Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A number of my blog audience have complained about
    my site not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome.

    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this
    problem?

  34. I do accept as true with all of the ideas you’ve presented on your post.

    They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too brief for beginners.
    May just you please prolong them a bit from next time?
    Thanks for the post.

  35. bookmarked!!, I love your website!

  36. Pretty portion of content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get actually
    enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way
    I will be subscribing for your augment or even I success you get right of entry to constantly
    rapidly.

  37. Hi there, its fastidious post regarding media print, we all understand media is a wonderful source of facts.

  38. What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this piece of
    writing i thought i could also create comment due to
    this sensible piece of writing.

  39. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting!
    I quite enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will come back at some point.

    I want to encourage that you continue your great posts, have a nice holiday weekend!

  40. wonderful points altogether, you simply gained a logo
    new reader. What could you recommend about your put up that you made
    a few days in the past? Any sure?

  41. For the reason that the admin of this web site is working, no uncertainty very soon it
    will be renowned, due to its feature contents.

  42. Good post. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..

  43. Excellent weblog here! Additionally your site a lot up fast!
    What web host are you the use of? Can I get your associate link to your host?
    I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  44. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  45. Hello everyone, it’s my first visit at this site, and post is actually
    fruitful for me, keep up posting these posts.

  46. I absolutely love your blog.. Excellent colors
    & theme. Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back
    as I’m attempting to create my own site and want to find out where you got this from or what the theme is named.
    Thanks!

  47. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This post posted at this web page is truly fastidious.

  48. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new
    scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable information to work on. You have
    done an impressive job and our whole community will be grateful
    to you.

  49. Tablets For Sale Uk in Cedar Park .

  50. There’s certainly a great deal to find out about this issue.
    I like all of the points you’ve made.

  51. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  52. Hi there, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar
    one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is
    very much appreciated.

  53. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up
    what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole
    thing. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog
    writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  54. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

  55. Hi to every body, it’s my first pay a quick visit of this webpage; this website includes remarkable and really
    excellent stuff for readers.

Leave a Comment

电子邮件地址不会被公开。

您可以使用这些HTML标签和属性: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>