The rules of the Storting. Public transport outside the big cities. Gaustad hospital. This is today’s postcard.
This is a discussion post. Opinions in the text are the responsibility of the writer.
The Storting’s administration as regulator and executor
Aftenposten has revealed several errors and weaknesses in the rules and compliance of the Storting.
Furthermore, it has been revealed that some of the representatives have exploited such weaknesses, in addition to providing incorrect information. The most talked about is the leader of the Christian People’s Party, Kjell Inge Ropstad.
In addition, it has been revealed that the administration was not aware of the associated tax regulations.
The case gives reason to raise questions about the quality of the rules provided by the administration, and also the application of these rules.
Should changes be made and possibly how? An alternative is to transfer this activity to a separate body acting according to the instructions of the Storting administration.
This body can also take over the administration of a similar scheme for the government in the Prime Minister’s Office, so that there are no unwanted differences in rules and enforcement.
It may also be an idea to direct this body to submit draft regulations to the legal department of the Ministry of Justice and possibly also to the Office of the Auditor General. The rules can be adopted by the Storting administration. You can also consider introducing legal provisions that will authorize the rules, as well as deciding that the rules should be considered as regulations.
The need for change certainly seems to be there.
Brynjar Mørkved, Attorney
Everything becomes more difficult without a car in the field
Since the mid-1980s, my husband and I have lived a life without a car. We live in the center of Oslo, but for 30 years we have had a cabin along the Bergen line, with no road. To make a purchase, we have to take the train to Voss.
Well into the 2000s, we found that most things were central to Voss. Then the stores began to move to several different shopping centers outside of the city. This is not unique to Voss. This applies to many, many places and cities in Scandinavia.
A few weeks before the elections, a key MDG politician declared that the party’s main enemy was the car. It has never been a problem for us to live without a car in Oslo. However, we experience that increasing environmental awareness has not made life without cars easier outside of larger cities. Local bus lines are more or less absent.
I think the MDGs would have become more relevant to the country outside of Oslo if they had addressed the lack of local public transport and (originally American) culture with large shopping malls outside of cities.
Ann-Gerd Simu, Oslo
Do we have a good hospital in Gaustad?
The architects Mette Dan-Weibel and Rolf Erik Wahlstrøm will meet with my debating post from August 14 to September 14. Rikshospitalet presupposes a land use plan that both the National Heritage Board and the municipality will reject: the Gaustad Hospital, completely preserved since 1855 in an open cultural landscape overlooking the fjord.
The claim that the buildings in the park between the hospitals will be enriching for both, it is as if the high-rise buildings in Slottsparken make the castle and the park more attractive.
The zoning plan shows low, tall, and separate buildings on terrain so steep that they cannot be connected to sewers. The low ceiling height in Rikshospitalet will continue in the new buildings. This provides poor technical solutions for patients. Floors at height become too small and insulated to meet new needs.
The new buildings in the south have no connection to the rest of the hospital on the main floors, and the tram and a high entrance for ambulances and walkers run through the hospital. Employees of the Health South-East and Oslo University Hospital boards of directors have voted against all board matters related to the hospital plan for three years.
All professional groups are protesting. The health preparedness that we saw on July 22 is divided and broken down.
Tor I. Winsnes, Hospital Planner