EDITORIAL: What do Alfred Nobel, The Three Little Pigs, and Victor Meldrew have in common? Meet Carl I Hagen, the Progress Party’s (FrP) huffing and puffing old wolf of Norwegian politics.
Mr Hagen is upset he lost the battle for a place on the Nobel Committee. Pipped past the post by an older woman, he resigned from his office as “General Senior Citizen” in an explosive fit of Meldrewian “I don’t believe it”; or, for those more inclined to read fairy tales, “I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down” (up).
Alfed Nobel invented dynamite; Carl I Hagen invented truths. Call it a senior moment. He launched an attack on Party leader Siv Jensen, 42, accusing her of reneging on her earlier promise two years ago the Nobel post was his when it was up for renewal. As a fellow Canidae member would put it, more “sour" than "grapes”.
Muslim-doubting former Progress Chairman Hagen, who is currently 67 and old enough for a free British bus pass, let alone to know better, was veritably (pork) crackling in his tirade. He claims senior (top) Party politicians treated him in a “humiliating” manner when they voted 6-25 against.
Nonetheless, Carl ‘the gambler’ has been anything but peaceful in the run-up to this year’s local elections. Saying he was subsequently misquoted, Mr Hagen has alleged terrorists are mainly Muslims, suggested flying Spanish road workers in to labour long hours for low pay, expressed police are spending excessive time and money investigating the Utøya shootings.
Foreigners should also undergo enforced Norwegian tuition, according to him – “huff” and “puff” translated to the Norwegian ‘The Three Little Pigs' is “puster” and “pruster”.
‘Dynamite’ Hagen will now be spending his days eating or telling porkies, reduced possibilities of paying Spanish workers badly (unless they repair roads near his villa in Spain), and Nobel.
He might not believe it, but we do.
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