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Political row over Nobel banquet. Sponsors and business people favoured over top politicians. It’s ecstasy day for the Norwegian press. Obama has come to Oslo. But whilst they’re going mad about the President’s “24 little hours” – to coin the words from the song “What A Difference A Day Makes” by Maria Grever & Stanley Adams – Norwegian politicians have criticised who’s been invited to tonight’s banquet at the Grand Hotel, calling it “a dinner for sponsors”.Indigestion News that neither members of the Parliament’s Presidential Cabinet nor the head of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defence have been invited for the first time in the banquet’s history didn’t go down well. Dinner will be served to representatives of companies that sponsor the Peace Prize Concert instead.

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Political row over Nobel banquet

Published on Thursday, 10th December, 2009 at 13:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Sponsors and business people favoured over top politicians.

Setting the table for the Nobel banquet
Setting the table for the Nobel banquet
Photo: Grand Hotel, Oslo


It’s ecstasy day for the Norwegian press. Obama has come to Oslo. But whilst they’re going mad about the President’s “24 little hours” – to coin the words from the song “What A Difference A Day Makes” by Maria Grever & Stanley Adams – Norwegian politicians have criticised who’s been invited to tonight’s banquet at the Grand Hotel, calling it “a dinner for sponsors”.

Indigestion

News that neither members of the Parliament’s Presidential Cabinet nor the head of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defence have been invited for the first time in the banquet’s history didn’t go down well. Dinner will be served to representatives of companies that sponsor the Peace Prize Concert instead.

“I note that this dinner has become more of a sponsor’s dinner, where heads of information in private companies are preferable to the Parliament’s Presidential Cabinet,” Per-Kristian Foss, the Conservative Party’s (H) deputy vice-president tells Dagens Næringsliv (DN).

There was also no explanation from the Nobel Committee when they were asked about their decision.

Napkins at dawn?

But it now looks as though the matter will have consequences. Although Parliament’s president, Labour’s (Ap) Dag Terje Andersen, will be dining with the President, he has indicated that

“It’s only natural this will be discussed afterwards,” he tells VG.

Meanwhile, the Progress Party’s (FrP) Øyvind Korsberg used the opportunity to remind the Nobel Committee that Parliament picks who their members are, taking a swipe at the head of the committee.

“On the other hand, nothing surprises me any more when it’s Thorbjørn Jagland...who’s in charge of the whole thing,” Korsberg informs DN.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, and Anniken Huitfeldt – Minister of Culture – will make up the rest of Labour’s choice dinner guests.



Published on Thursday, 10th December, 2009 at 13:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: nobel, committee, banquet, jens, stoltenberg, president, parliament, norwegian, barack, obama, row, dinner, politicians.





  
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