An embarrassing display of disgust

Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg’s conduct during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony yesterday agitated quite a few, clearly demonstrating her contempt, not only by abstaining from applauding a number of statements, but by clapping – and smiling – in a demonstratively condescending way. Yours truly not exempt:

Needless to say there’s been a lot of debate in the wake of the whole thing. The PM herself, and those sharing her view on nuclear weapons, keep trying to explain that applauding attitudes she does not share would be dishonest, and who am I to contradict that? Hell, I even agree.

Nevertheless the incident turned out to be a blatant show of the official Norway’s distaste for Nobel laureate ICAN, which surely cannot possibly have been the Nobel committee’s intention.

Better then to stay away, leaving the Norwegian parliament’s opposition, sharing ICAN’s views, to represent the official Norway.

That could have brought some dignity to the mockery we were forced to witness.

With all that said, I’m not at all sure that a unilateral disarmament is the way to go (in Norwegian), but this performance was nothing less than a blatant display of disgust. For which I’m deeply embarrassed.

Photo: Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Conservatives). Photographer: Tomas Moss –

Nobel Peace Prize to …

So the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, for negotiating peace between his country and the FARC guerilla.

Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos. Photographer: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr/Wikipedia.
Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos. Photographer: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr/Wikipedia.

Much deserved, I am sure, so congratulations definitely in place, even if the peace may not last, as the recent referendum may have foretold.

Of course there’s every reason to question the decision to exclude the other party, the FARC guerilla. Perhaps because we always sided with the Colombian authorities?

And of course the decision is nothing to do with Norway’s heavy involvement in the Colombian peace process, whereby we in fact reward ourselves, albeit by proxy.

How dare I even think it?

It would, however, be describing of a very Norwegian trait. Personally I’m only too happy it wasn’t awarded Ed Snowden.

Nobels fredspris.

Top photo: The Nobel peace prize. Blogger’s montage, based on Norwegian TV series «Nobel».