Tuesday, 20 March 2012 01:30 GFP Columnist - Rattan Mann
History says that even the most lawless and corrupt country (and Norway is a front-runner) cannot remain lawless and corrupt for too long. Unfortunately, History forgot to define how long is “too long”.

In this respect, the British have done better by being very specific. They say that in politics one week is “too long”. And they have proved themselves right once more – this time in Norway.

In the past one week or so, fresh winds have started blowing over Norway. I hope that this time they make a real dent into the stink that pervades each and every pore of this country. The following incidents give reasons for hope.

1) Since years I have been saying that the Norwegian health-care system is not that paradise that innocent people are forced to believe. And finally three courageous Philippine whistle-blowers have come to my rescue. The facts are as follows.

The main hospital of Norway, Oslo University Hospital, has been charged with human-trafficking.

The hospital asked a furniture-seller (mind you, a furniture-seller) to supply them with Philippine nurses. The administration basically told the seller “Do what you have to do”. That meant that the furniture-seller pocketed 80% of the pay of the nurses, forced them to live in inhuman conditions, and forbade them to meet or talk to people outside their ward. They were working without a contract because the hospital refused to “get involved” by coming in the picture and giving them a contract.

I have been saying it for a long time that there are many such cases (not just three), and I am glad that finally the police has started investigating.

I salute the three Philippine nurses whose photos can be found on: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/norge/1.8025429

2) About a week back, MP Henning Warloe was caught using and selling drugs from his official MP residence because he thought that the official residence was beyond the reach of the police. Well, the police got him eventually, perhaps on instigation of some “dogged Truth-Hunter” like me.

I personally don’t buy the MP’s argument that he only took drugs, the selling was done by his friends with access to his flat. Well, a man is judged by his company.

3) Again about a week back, the minister for racial-equality and child affairs (Barne- og likestillingsdepartementet (BLD), Audun Lysbakken, was forced to resign because he distributed millions of krone to his friends and party-members illegally. But his party, SV, immediately compensated him for this loss by making him the head of SV party. What a game of credit-debit balance, super-honest and super-honourable Norwegians!

Within days, two other members of his party, two successive education ministers, Bard Vegar Solhjell and Kristin Halvorsen were found doing the same thing for years. None of these two faced any consequences.

What a week it has been in Norwegian politics, my dear British friends. And pray with me that all these corrupt guys rot in jail.

Now a few words on self-importance.

Since a long time I regard myself as an agent of change in Norway. I have even started having a euphoric feeling that finally the Norwegians are getting very afraid of me. Within this same eventful week I have been forcefully reminded how wrong I am. The facts are as follows.

On 1st August, 2011, I submitted my 8 pages paper “Towards an Alternative Research Program in Mathematics and Physics” to the physics department of Oslo University for a degree of PhD. I was informed that a committee will judge it and let me know. Well I am still waiting for an answer, and I am not willing to believe that 8 pages cannot be read even in 8 months. Frequent reminders have not helped.

So I went to the education ministry to seek an appointment with the education minister – the same Kristin Halvorsen as above. I just wanted to tell her that it is my right to get an answer – whatever it may be – and so she should look into this. And my hope was that I would get an appointment-date from the secretary and that I should be able to meet the minister within a month.

In a civilized and democratic country, every citizen has a right to meet any minister he wants. But not so in Norway. I never got beyond the security at the counter both times I tried.

The security told me that they have never heard anybody (read “nigger”) trying to meet the minister and told me to leave. When I refused I was physically thrown out of the ministry building.

It is very humiliating to admit publicly that nobody at the education ministry was the least afraid of me. I wasn’t that frightening giant that I thought I was! Am I suffering from delusions of grandeur?

So noble cyber-denizens I am still waiting to meet Ms Godot aka Kristin Halvorsen, thereby fulfilling my democratic right to meet any minister I want.

Finally, I end with a riddle for all my readers:

“Who is afraid of Virginia Wolf aka Rattan Mann?”

Don’t be shy to post your answers to this rather challenging riddle.


1) http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/norge/1.8025429 
2) http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/politikk/warloe-begynte-med-ecstasy-paa-ibiza-3728856.html
3) http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/03/08/nyheter/politikk/audun_lysbakken/selvforsvarspenger/harald_nyboen/20578039/
4) http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/03/09/nyheter/politikk/kristin_halvorsen/innenriks/sv/20607215/

Image Courtesy of www.dn.no - Kristin Halvorsen 

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