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Jens Stoltenberg’s governmental gaffe. EDITORIAL: Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg threw a hand grenade into the Norwegian public debate when he prevented King Harald attending the 8 May war medals ceremony. He has since been picking up the political shrapnel. Norwegian kings are the military’s Commander-in-Chief, and have traditionally handed out the War Cross King since WWII. A spokesperson for veterans’ organisation SIOPS has said many at the ceremony wondered why HRH was not there. Instead, tt was Defence Chief Harald Sunde who gave out the three War Cross and Sword medals, Norway’s highest military honour. The “completely loyal” officer wanted the King to be there; the country’s political leader did not.

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Jens Stoltenberg’s governmental gaffe

Published on Wednesday, 11th May, 2011 at 22:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

EDITORIAL: Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg threw a hand grenade into the Norwegian public debate when he prevented King Harald attending the 8 May war medals ceremony. He has since been picking up the political shrapnel.

Jens Stoltenberg and Harald Sunde, Veterans' Day 2011
Jens Stoltenberg and Harald Sunde, Veterans' Day 2011
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Torbjørn Kjosvold


Norwegian kings are the military’s Commander-in-Chief, and have traditionally handed out the War Cross King since WWII. A spokesperson for veterans’ organisation SIOPS has said many at the ceremony wondered why HRH was not there.

Instead, tt was Defence Chief Harald Sunde who gave out the three War Cross and Sword medals, Norway’s highest military honour. The “completely loyal” officer wanted the King to be there; the country’s political leader did not.

Mr Stoltenberg claims he had pre-agreed the matter in a discussion with HRH. It was a covert operation worthy of an ex top-level KGB spy. The King-Stoltenberg deal was kept secret, and Opposition MPs complained they only found out about it when the story broke yesterday.

In support of the soon-to-be peppered PM, Defence Minister Faremo said the medals ceremony was a workload-sharing accord between Palace, Parliament, and government. She also issued a press statement proclaiming, “The Government, Parliament, and Royal Court stand united behind recognising veterans.” King Harald was not standing behind, beside, or in front of anybody. He was not invited.

A Prime Ministerial U-turn has since replaced Tuesday’s governmental manoeuvring, and the Opposition had fixed bayonets for today’s Parliamentary Question Time. Rudolf Steiner School educationally eurhythmic Mr Stoltenberg acknowledged wrongness was committed, saying his government wants peace, harmony, and due regard. He has vowed to invite King Harald to next year’s ceremony.

Does the hand grenade-lobbing man deserve a cigar? No. A medal? Absolutely not.




Published on Wednesday, 11th May, 2011 at 22:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jensstoltenberg, kingharald, haraldsunde, gretefaremo, veteransday.





  
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