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Richard Ellis
Columnist for The Sunday Times, author

The Swedish system, introduced by social democrats in the 1930's, built on a need for trygghet, which, roughly translated, means 'a feeling of security', as if one were being held in one's mother's arms. Their Utopian vision was for the creation of a folk hemmet a people's home where workers would be highly taxed, but be guaranteed employment and universal welfare, such as free education and health care, pensions and holidays. ... With people now waiting years for operations and with schools short of books and qualified teachers, Swedes are wondering where all the money goes. On the streets of Stockholm, down-and-outs have appeared for the first time.

1990 - from a column in The Sunday Times, London