Another characteristic of the de la Gardie government was its gross corruption, which made Sweden the obsequious hireling of that foreign power which had the longest purse.
There was not one hireling there.
A pension he had defined as pay given to a state hireling to betray his country; a pensioner as a slave of state hired by a stipend to obey a master.
His vote is of no more worth than that of any unprincipled foreigner or hireling native, who may have been bought.
It was De la Gardie who first made Sweden the obsequious hireling of the foreign power which had the longest purse.