Archive for January 26th, 2009

No government

It is a dark Monday evening.

Currently there is no government in Iceland. 

It is actually better than having a government like the one that has left the stage. 

Unfortunately the feeling is that we’ll be longing for this quiet moment in time soon.

It’s always David Oddson

It seems like the Samfylkingin’s demand that David Oddson would resign from his post as Central Bank Governor was one of the largest obstacles within the government that drew its last breath today.

It’s always David.

The Independent Party is apparantly dependent on one man’s whims.

Crisis claims Icelandic cabinet

Iceland’s coalition government has collapsed as a result of an escalating economic crisis.

From the BBC

Dollar goes a long way on winter trip to Iceland

We figured the driver taking us to a New York airport didn’t know much about our destination when we said we were going to Iceland and he asked us to spell it.

“Oh,” he said. “The bankrupt country.”

From the Pittsburg Post Gazette

Sealed with a kiss

Hopeless romantics should note that they began with a kiss and it ended with a kiss as well. 

Which is nice.

Top 25

Geir Haarde was asked when he announced the resignation of his government whether he accepted any responsibility for the economic crisis. He did not think so. 

The Guardian on the other hand claims he is one of the top 25 people most responsible worldwide for the crash.

It’s over

Geir Haarde just announced that the government of the Independent Party and Samfylkingin has ended.

He claims it was Samfylkingin’s insistence on getting the prime-minister’s chair that could not be agreed upon.

He thinks the best solution for now is a national(popular) government with the co-operation of all parties in government.

It only took three months to get to the conclusion most people had come to several weeks ago.

The grapevine

Word is that Samfylkingin and the Left Greens have agreed on a new government to be announced today. 

I don’t want a new government with the same old people. I just want to vote.



Birds of a feather

falki-sjalfstc3a6c3b0isflokksins  swastika

Birds of a feather flock together. 

I sometimes get the feeling that if some staunch supporters of the Independent Party had been alive in Nazi Germany they would have been role-models for Hitler’s Youth. 

More subservient people are hard to find. Their blind loyalty knows few limits. 

Benedikt Johannsson writes a touching column where he says he is sad because of the situation in Iceland. But it is not the breakdown of the system that is messing with his heart but the fact that “children who attack the Parliament building with eggs and fruits lack respect for the core values of freedom and democracy. Because the Parliament building is first and foremost the unifying symbol of the fact that the democratically elected representatives of the nation make the law, not a dictator or an angry mob”. 

So Benedikt has resorted to the Goebbels Propaganda Dictionary instead of critical thought. Talk of unifying symbols reminscant of any other fear mongering nationalist and lack of respect, instead of turning his brain on to the question of “how did we get here”? 

How did we get to a point where an “angry mob throwing eggs and showing lack of respect for our values attack national symbols”? It is worth it to note that these kind of demonstrations do not have a paralell occurrance in Icelandic democratic history. So why is the “mob” so angry after spending the past few decades drinking Soda-Stream and watching Friends?

Could it be the lack of respect shown by the political parties to the system that was created for the people but became for the parties? Could it be that normal people who all have a stake in a free and democratic Iceland have realized that they have been sold a terribly short stick?

To paraphrase an Icelandic author, could it be that the rape-victims have realized that the rapist has taken up residence in its aparment?

Effects should not be viewed without examining their causes. That’s what Vef-Thjodviljinn does, a collection of right wing “intellectuals” who find causes everywhere except with those who have held the reins of society for almost two decades now. Their writing should be translated into more languagues to show the world that the self-proclaimed “book-nation” still harbours quite a few individuals who are void of intellectual curiosity, critical thought and all too eager to bend over to self-serving political dogmas.


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