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Håkon Hanssen unrepentant. Bjarne Håkon Hanssen has hit back at recent criticism of his morals and passed the buck to politicians. “There are as many moral opinions as there are people in Norway. I can’t possibly go by these,” he tells Dagens Næringsliv (DN). Hanssen left the government last year to start a new job as partner in PR firm First House and was embargoed from working with matters related with his previous post for six months.

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Håkon Hanssen unrepentant

Published on Monday, 2nd August, 2010 at 13:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd August 2010 at 21:57.

Bjarne Håkon Hanssen has hit back at recent criticism of his morals and passed the buck to politicians.

Bjarne Håkon Hanssen at opening
Bjarne Håkon Hanssen at opening
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet/Flickr


“There are as many moral opinions as there are people in Norway. I can’t possibly go by these,” he tells Dagens Næringsliv (DN).

Hanssen left the government last year to start a new job as partner in PR firm First House and was embargoed from working with matters related with his previous post for six months.

Last week, it was revealed Hanssen has given lobbying advice to private kindergarten operator Espira.

It conflicts with the government’s proposal to restrict the amount of profit publicly-funded private kindergarten operators can take out.

Despite heavy censure for using insider knowledge and previous Party contacts as part of the process, Hanssen himself believes it’s up to politicians to change the rules if they have a problem with what he’s done.

“There’s a lot of talk and statement-making for now, but no political action. If they want an Obama rule, then yes, put the proposal forward so we can discuss it. They can’t be so busy in Parliament that they don’t have time to put words into action,” he says.

President Barack Obama’s new lobbying rules ban ex aids from attempting to influence the administration.

“My duties are now with my employer and clients,” says Hanssen.



Published on Monday, 2nd August, 2010 at 13:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd August 2010 at 21:57.

This post has the following tags: bjarne, haakon, hanssen, pr, scandal, criticised, affair, spain, first, house, inside, information, minister, health, labour, party.





  
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