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Have you seen this man?. Confusion over Karl Eirik Schøtt-Pedersen’s job function. A 50 year-old from Vardø in Finnmark is currently at the centre of a debate. Officially, he is employed in Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s (Ap) office as chief of staff, but his political job function remains a mystery, even though he's part of the government. He answers to the name Schøtt-Pedersen, has greyish hair, and was last seen in the vicinity of the Parliament in Oslo.The car’s the star Although the retirement age in Norway is 67, it seems odd that a man of Schøtt-Pedersen’s age is given a job suited to an 18 year-old trainee with spots. But let’s keep an open mind; anything’s possible in this country.

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Have you seen this man?

Published on Thursday, 12th November, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th November 2009 at 10:59.

Confusion over Karl Eirik Schøtt-Pedersen’s job function.

Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen
Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet/Flickr


A 50 year-old from Vardø in Finnmark is currently at the centre of a debate. Officially, he is employed in Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s (Ap) office as chief of staff, but his political job function remains a mystery, even though he's part of the government. He answers to the name Schøtt-Pedersen, has greyish hair, and was last seen in the vicinity of the Parliament in Oslo.

The car’s the star

Although the retirement age in Norway is 67, it seems odd that a man of Schøtt-Pedersen’s age is given a job suited to an 18 year-old trainee with spots. But let’s keep an open mind; anything’s possible in this country.

Stoltenberg himself tells Dagbladet that Schøtt-Pedersen (let’s call him Mr Y) is responsible for cars, drivers, and running the office.

“(He can) also partake in general parliamentary debates, (and) is constitutionally responsible for the Parliament,” Stoltenberg tells the paper.

Well, there is a transport and communications committee, so perhaps Minister Schøtt-Pedersen can combine his duties?

Questions, questions

But according to today’s editorial in Aftenposten (Mr Y) isn’t allowed to answer any questions under Parliamentary Question Time, even though Stoltenberg said from the Speaker’s Podium yesterday that Schøtt-Pedersen will be

“assisting me in heading governmental affairs.”

The paper goes on to accuse the government of flexing its political muscles; something that only a majority government without proper respect for parliament can allow itself to do. One lump, or two?

Meat and no veg.

Schøtt-Pedersen’s official title is “Samordningsminister”. He is a minister responsible for coordinating ministers on behalf of other ministers; leaving us none the wiser.

Kjetil B. Alstadheim was more culinary in his description (of Mr (wh)Y did you employ him) in Dagens Næringsliv, when he writes in his commentary that

“Some have believed that Schøtt-Pedersen is a “samordningsminister”. It turned out that he isn’t. He’s a helping minister. Jens Stoltenberg needs a meathead to help him at the office...According to the Prime Minister Schjøtt-Pedersen is responsible for everything and nothing.” (Ed: “meathead” in Norwegian is “kjøtthue”, and Alstadheim writes the minister is a schjøtthue - geddit?).

What the politicians say

The Foreigner asked the leaders of some of the major political parties – apart from Ap that is, whose unnamed source claimed that “samordningsminister” was a term created by the media – who they thought Schøtt-Pedersen is, and what exactly they believed his job to be.

“He’s a minister without a portfolio, and a trouble-shooter for the Prime Minister,” says Dagfinn Høybråthen from the Christian Democratic Party (KrF).

“His salary’s gone up and he’s a minister for rainy days,” Siv Jensen from the Progress Party (FrP) says.

Liv Navarsete from the Centre Party (Sp) has gone on holiday, and was thus unavailable for comment.

In the meantime if you find Mr Schøtt-Pedersen, please return him to the Prime Minister’s office, won’t you?



Published on Thursday, 12th November, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th November 2009 at 10:59.

This post has the following tags: karl, eirik, schoett-pedersen, labour, ap, politics, minister, job, prime, minister.





  
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