Sweden’s government has been desperately trying to prevent offshore online gambling operators from competing with monopoly gaming provider Svenska Spel.
This makes it more than a little embarrassing for Jimmie Åkesson.
The 35 year old leader of the Sweden Democrats, was not only caught gambling and losing large sums of money—he was doing it at sites licensed in Malta, and not in Sweden.
At first our Jimmy was dismissive of the issue. “I have no gambling debts. I have not committed any crime, I have not been using someone else’s money than my own. I have not been affected by this in my life in any way, I have not been influenced in my political role in any way. I think this is important to highlight.”
Social media and the opposition quickly savaged him, and his tune has now changed.
He now says that all the calls from the media have made him reassess his position, and he has admitted that he might have a gambling problem. Åkesson said “when you call and ask questions about this, it becomes clear like an alarm clock.”