The Riksdag’s Constitutional Committee today criticizes Minister Ardalan Shekarabi (S) for his – according to the committee – unfounded claim that gambling at online casinos would have increased during the covid-19 pandemic. The allegation then formed the basis for the temporary restrictions that have been extended on several occasions and are now set to apply until November 14, according to a government decision.

– Everyone has known that there was no basis for the statement about the alleged increased online casino gambling. It is welcome that the Riksdag’s Constitutional Committee now confirms that. Ministers must have a basis for their statements, it is not enough to say things just because it fits into the policy you want to pursue, says Gustaf Hoffstedt.

– The Minister’s statements about the alleged but unfounded increase in online casinos during the pandemic are the main reason why this form of gambling is still subject to very strict temporary restrictions. The next step must reasonably be for the government to quickly end these restrictions, Hoffstedt concludes.

The Constitution Committee’s statement: “The review has also included Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi’s (S) statement on the basis for temporary gambling regulations. It has become clear that the Minister has based his statement on information that does not allow for a definite conclusion as to whether gambling had increased or not. The Minister is responsible for his opinions and also for the information he provides being correct.”

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