Keith Begg, a 46-year-old Irish / Swedish citizen, was another key figure who lobbied for a stricter pandemic strategy.
Moderator of a private Facebook page called “Media watchdogs of Sweden”, which is critical of Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy, Begg recently decided to move back to Ireland after his group was accused on public radio of deliberately trying to harm Swedish interests abroad.
“I got a letter in my mailbox that referred to me as a traitor, I got hate speech … called me a dirty foreigner,” Begg told the Irish Times.
Haters considered that a group of people were even more abominable than foreigners who had a critical view of Sweden: they were the so-called traitor, “traitor”.
In the early spring of last year, a group of 22 researchers, later called ’22 ‘, published an open letter criticizing the Swedish Public Health Agency in the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. They did so at a time when the vast majority of the population supported the “strategy”.
Lena Einhorn, virologist and member of the 22, knows how it feels to receive offensive mail and even threats.
Now that public opinion has changed, it is someone else’s turn to be affected by “the shit we got this spring”, she told the Swedish news agency TT.
She emphasized that when “Prime Minister Stefan Löfven expressed no anger at what we were exposed to”.
Scarred and divided
But with the Swedish public more divided than ever, politicians seem to increasingly deny the obvious.
Tegnell himself went so far as to claim that “the Swedish strategy is actually similar to the one adopted by all countries” and raised some eyebrows among his Scandinavian neighbors.
Norway had, for the first time, repeatedly warned Sweden of its strategy early in the crisis – not least because it was quite clear that it would have damaged the close cooperation and exchange of labor between the two countries.