Socialist Left (SV) MP Heikki Holmås wants to see a healthier atmosphere at the Norwegian Parliament. Socialist-inspired vegetables should replace the cows for the benefit of the climate, he advocates.
“Meat-free Mondays are an excellent way for Parliament's representatives to participate in a muck-in for the environment,” he told daily national daily Aftenposten. The UK's Sir Paul McCartney started the campaign (external link).
Mr Holmås’ statement comes following a similar move by the Norwegian military, putting its soldiers on this diet for the same purpose.
Armed forces’ spokesperson Major Eystein Kvarving told AFP it was purely for the sake of the climate, ecology, and health rather than a money-saving move.
Environmental organisation The Future Is In Our Hands campaigns for ‘meatless Mondays’.
“The Defence Ministry deserves a lot of praise because it's taking climate and environmental issues seriously," said leader Arild Hermstad.
Incumbent Progress Party (FrP) deputy leader Per Sandberg, who recently meated out his own views on and about his political colleagues with his new book, picked Mr Holmås’ suggestion clean.
“Why not Tuesdays? What is it with that man? Really!” he exclaimed. “Both meat and fish are on Parliament’s menu. People have the sense to choose for themselves.”
Parliament will decide the issue today. The fine tradition of political leeks may then well become official.