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Politician put over a barrel steps down. Liberal Party (V) politician Hallstein Bast has been forced to resign after violating alcohol legislation at a public event. Larvik-based Mr Bast, Chairman of the municipality’s licensing committee for approximately 12 years until this week, broke the Alcohol Act in the local arena during the town’s handball Champions League semi-final against Montenegro’s Budućnost in March. Contradicting his own notoriously strict alcohol policy, which Østlands-Posten has covered on several occasions, the local and liberal politician tapped his own and two colleagues’ beer from an unmanned barrel.

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Politician put over a barrel steps down

Published on Thursday, 30th June, 2011 at 14:43 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .

Liberal Party (V) politician Hallstein Bast has been forced to resign after violating alcohol legislation at a public event.

Hallstein Bast
Hallstein Bast
Photo: Norwegian Liberal Party/Flickr


Larvik-based Mr Bast, Chairman of the municipality’s licensing committee for approximately 12 years until this week, broke the Alcohol Act in the local arena during the town’s handball Champions League semi-final against Montenegro’s Budućnost in March.

Contradicting his own notoriously strict alcohol policy, which Østlands-Posten has covered on several occasions, the local and liberal politician tapped his own and two colleagues’ beer from an unmanned barrel.

He denied his actions when the paper confronted him about it last week.

“I didn’t dispense the beer myself but accepted and drank it. We paid after getting hold of the attendant later on.”

NRK reports Mr Bast tendered his resignation on the spot at Tuesday’s committee meeting, where he said, “March’s incident makes it difficult to continue as leader or member. I wish to apply to be exempted from these positions and step down.”

He left the building after he transferred his post to the Deputy Chairman.

Hoping the incident would not damage the committee’s reputation, and that it would uphold his famously firm stance on alcohol, Mr Bast said afterwards, “It’s important to point out the law is equal for all. I committed a violation and am taking the consequences.”

"He had no choice really. We would have suggested he resigned immediately if he hadn’t done so voluntarily,” said Tor Kåre Hansen Odberg, Progress Party (FrP) committee colleague.

Mr Bast refused to make any further comments to Østlands-Posten.



Published on Thursday, 30th June, 2011 at 14:43 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: hallsteinbastresignation, self-pouredalcoholscandallarvik.





  
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