The rules of local democracy must be applied to all. Also for generous billionaires.
It was over last week. Right Henning Warloe and Billionaire Trond Mohn in open fight. It did not look good.
Mohn believes that Warloe is trying to "double the girl's football" in Arna and should therefore be ashamed. Warloe believes that Mohn's suggestion that the tall man "does not like women's football" recalls homophobia.
The trash crusher a certain amount of entertainment. But it is also a bit unworthy and exaggerates a much more important debate. Can the rich man's methods undermine local democracy?
The thing is basically typical of the relationship between Trond Mohn and politics.
Mohn finances a new and expensive sports facility in Arna. City council committee politicians for day care, schools and sports, where Warloe is the leader, adopt a building plan to hold everyone accountable.
The plan is too slow for Mohn and his men. They pick up some phones, and during the night, Mohn gets his will. But this time, Mohn's method is getting scary reviews.
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Henning Warloe has important points. When one of Norway's richest men "picks up a phone" to turn a case in their favor, there is a danger that democracy and confidence in politicians will weaken.
The good points are also Hilde Maria Boberg Andresen, SV, who in the pulpit of the city council said the following words frustrated:
"Why do a man's words weigh more than the city's democratically elected body? It's a huge crisis," she said.
politics priority lists are created after extensive investigations and discussions. When Mohn receives his designs before the queue, other good designs may fall behind.
The fact that well-founded priorities change after a phone call also undermines the patience of politicians and the confidence of citizens that they follow their own decisions. Here is a lot of work that is done in vain.
The impression left is, anyway, that power is where the money is. Not in the city hall. So we have a democratic challenge, to put it well.
The most interesting The Arna case does not contain statements about preferences and women's football. It is in this statement that Mohn clarifies his vision of power:
"We had to intervene so he (Warloe) could not get what he wanted," Mohn said.
Here he says Of course, he had to use his influence directly on the actors to prevent a decision of the legally adopted committee from taking effect.
How did Mohn do that? "I just talk to people, I do," he replied.
I'm not sure how conscientious Mohn is in the language he uses in public, but what he says here can be disruptive to local democracy.
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city council leader and Mohn's party, Harald Schjelderup (Ap), does not believe Mohn acts in a non-democratic way.
"What Trond Mohn does is get involved in a case and criticize a right-wing politician. It's probably more a part of democracy," he says.
It is a surprisingly small principle for an interesting fundamental question.
But the city council leader Words can be typical. Close supporters of Trond Mohn sometimes say he should always have the right of way.
Particularly illustrative are the claims of Mohn's construction case consultant, Sverre Sørnes. In the spring of 2017, he was very annoyed by the slow handling of building issues in the county.
"The municipality should making sure the Mohn spander plants received special treatment and green light through the system, "he told BT.And he was asked if the sommel in the county could go beyond Mohn's generosity.
"That risk they certainly run," Sørnes replied. As the public understood a special mentality:
Mohn's husband was expecting an obvious special treatment and added an ill-concealed threat to emphasize gravity.
Bergen is the city where it is often necessary to have two thoughts in the head at the same time. In the case of Trond Mohn, you can be more demanding.
Mohn almost formed his own political school, where generosity often overcomes any major objection.
Because when it rains so formidably on happy public budgets, criticism will automatically be interpreted as meanness and rebellious principle.
Generosity is a true son of true and pure goodness. Those who protest frequently stand on the team of moral losers, no matter how fundamental and legal they may be.
It is precisely this moral trap that politicians fear to fall into: the risk of asking questions or criticizing is that Mohn sour and turns off all the cranes again.
Being left with the responsibility for the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars for good purposes will be very difficult to use.
It's understandable that energetic capitalists are bothered by the slow wheel of political laundering. It's closer to their DNA. Often it is the force that has taken them to the top of the social pyramid.
More importantly, billionaires who get involved in the community follow the rules of the game. No less important to ensure political legitimacy for the joy of your giver.
Patience is also a virtue.
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In the BT file There are numerous questions about Mohn and the criticisms of his giving activity, and in many of them, Mohn only responds "without comment".
The riot around Henning Warloe and the sports facility in Arna suggests that this strategy no longer works.
The best thing was hosted by Mohn himself participated in the political processes, posed on committees and spoke for his views, motives and ambitions, by open microphone, by open meeting.
Then he may realize that local politics is not always a chaotic nightmare, but consists of absolutely necessary democratic processes, where the voices of all are heard, and the opposition is often constructive.
More transparency and political participation can at least eliminate the impression that Trond Mohn's words are always Bergen's law.