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Norwegian politicians prefer business class. Suggest taxpayers fund a more comfortable and convenient journey. “It’s extremely difficult to prepare for meetings or to read documents when you travel in economy with schoolchildren clambering all over you, or in a middle seat where it’s impossible to move…Having to buy food on the plane, not getting the chance to relax, as well as sitting beside a screaming baby is inhuman,” according to Karin Woldseth, leader of the Norwegian Parliament’s Council of Europe delegation. Woldseth had what she alleges was a terrible journey to Strasbourg in January. The Progress Party (FrP) politician has now written to the Parliamentary administration demanding business class travel only, writes VG.

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Norwegian politicians prefer business class

Published on Tuesday, 4th May, 2010 at 11:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th May 2010 at 07:52.

Suggest taxpayers fund a more comfortable and convenient journey.

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George W. Bush handing back a baby
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“It’s extremely difficult to prepare for meetings or to read documents when you travel in economy with schoolchildren clambering all over you, or in a middle seat where it’s impossible to move…Having to buy food on the plane, not getting the chance to relax, as well as sitting beside a screaming baby is inhuman,” according to Karin Woldseth, leader of the Norwegian Parliament’s Council of Europe delegation.

Woldseth had what she alleges was a terrible journey to Strasbourg in January. The Progress Party (FrP) politician has now written to the Parliamentary administration demanding business class travel only, writes VG.

She goes on to say travelling to Strasbourg takes a minimum of six hours, as there are no direct flights for now.

Clear air turbulence

Labour’s (Ap) deputy leader, Lise Christoffersen, supports Woldseth’s claims.

“I think working conditions become quite hopeless when you can’t travel in business class. We always used to. You end up being squashed in a middle seat with noise on both sides, which doesn’t make reading documents in English particularly easy. Our journey is also often subject to delays and problems, and you don’t receive priority with economy tickets,” she says.

But Geir Pollestad, a Centre Party (Sp) member of the delegation, thinks Woldseth is overreacting, and believes FrP isn’t in touch with the public.

“Such a patronising description of fellow passengers isn’t worthy of an MP. It doesn’t take much for FrP to start criticizing something. It just shows how wide the gap between theory and practice is in the Party when they can’t even sit on a plane amongst the majority.”

FrP’s calls itself a Party for most people (“for folk flest”).

Confidential

The Parliament's Secretary General, Hans Brattestå, replied to Woldseth by email, pointing out MPs aren’t permitted to travel business class to Strasbourg: “The rules aren’t there purely for budgetary reasons, but also out of consideration to Parliament’s reputation, and external profile.”

Woldseth defends her request. She says it was meant to be an internal memorandum to Parliament’s international department, and wrote it after a 23-hour long journey home from Strasbourg.

“This letter isn’t on behalf of FrP. I wrote it as leader of the delegation, on behalf of Labour, the Socialist Left (SV), and everybody.”

She does, however, admit she overacted.

“It was written six days afterwards,” says Woldseth.



Published on Tuesday, 4th May, 2010 at 11:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th May 2010 at 07:52.

This post has the following tags: frp, progress, party, parliament, plane, business, class, council, europe, strasbourg.





  
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