What the papers say | ‘Luxury Lars’ apologises

The Copenhagen Post’s review of what the Danish newspaper editorials had to say about former prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s apology for “spending too much on travel” as head of climate organisation GGGI

Løkke earned himself another chance
(Editorial) After his exceedingly long press conference yesterday where he discussed air travel and hotel stays, Venstre leader and former prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen should get a new chance as opposition leader and candidate for prime minister. […] If Rasmussen remains genuinely regretful [of the expenses], and if he is able to meet voters and supporters in the same open, patient manner he displayed with the media today, then he has a future as the leader of the centre-left. Lars Løkke Rasmussen fought his way back on his feet yesterday. – Berlingske

DOCUMENTATION: Read documentation for Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s travel expenses (in English)

Attention to detail
(Editorial) [Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s travel expenses] amount to less than a million kroner, but politically it may have cost him the Prime Minister’s Office. What it reveals about him is that he doesn’t pay attention to detail. He wasn’t thorough enough when he agreed to take the chairmanship of climate organisation GGGI. A former prime minister from Denmark should have been able to find a more influential, less controversial organisation from which to gain international experience, contacts and prestige. […] Rasmussen probably isn’t doing anything wrong on purpose. But he lacks a sense of respect for the fact that money he is spending doesn’t belong to him – either because he doesn’t care or because he’s too busy. – Børsen

Løkke’s defence
(Editorial) Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s casual record-keeping of his expenses has damaged himself and his party completely unnecessarily. Now, he needs to start regaining voters’ confidence. But he deserves praise for taking the bull by the horns and for – once again – cleaning up one of his messes. Now that this is behind us, can we please ask that politics once again deals with politics. – Jyllands-Posten