COMMENTARY: Christmas is approaching and Norwegian politicians have been testing out their carving knives on each other.
In two separate conflicts, four Parties have been talking turkey, SV, Sp (Socialist Left and Centre Party), KrF vs. FrP (Christian Democrats and Progress). One altercation is environmental, the other religious.
SV leader Kristin Halvorsen and Sp’s Petroleum and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe are both suffering from gas. CO2.
SV have asked oil production is cut to bring down emissions. Minister Borten Moe said government policy remains firm.
The Party’s Environment Minister Erik Solheim’s climate positive statements have not helped either. He has advocated curbing the pace of opening new fields to cut Norway’s emissions by 20 percent by 2020.
The oil boiled over for Ms Halvorsen on Thursday. Delivering her anti-Moe retaliatory remarks in a fit of Facebook social media, she claimed the minister had thought of doing little to help.
“The weather is getting wilder, there’s pre-Durban [COP17/CMP5 UN Climate Summit] pessimism, the government is working on a new environmental White Paper, and Borten Moe shows just what he has thought about contributing to it in Dagens Næringsliv. It’s just as well environment-focused voters see what we are struggling with for the time being,” she wrote.
Far from anointing each other with oil, Opposition politicians are squabbling about money; silver, rather than kroner.
The government has recently allocated 30 million kroner to be spent on voluntary work and churches. These are cases close to the Christian Democratic Party’s (KrF) heart.
KrF politicians have not decided who to align themselves with if there is a shift of power for the next governmental four-year term, Left or Right.
Far-Right Progress (FrP) is worried KrF could be tempted by Labour’s spending and betray them à la Judas.
Ketil Solvik Olsen, who often visits a Pentecostal church in Oslo, bashed KrF leader Knut Arild Hareide in a biblical fashion this week.
Drawing parallels between 30 million, and 30 pieces of silver, Mr Solvik Olsen said to Klassekampen, “they would have sold themselves cheaply if they do.”
Lutheran Mr Hareide responded to these allegations, calling the comments “tasteless”, “unprofessional”, and “not exactly indicating a willingness to cooperate.”
As American author and screenwriter Mario Puzo said, “Friendship and money; oil and water.”
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