Do something

Yesterday, some guys put up a sign outside the Prime Minister’s office, saying “Closed because of inactivity”

What should the prime minister do? Here’s my two cents, he seems to need all the help he can get.

– Resign
Walk away from politics. And not just him, but the whole cabinet and the leaders of all the political parties that are in the Parliament right now. The situation is so dire it cannot be blamed on one or two parties. They were all sleeping at the wheel. It would at least show that they care, show some remorse and accept responsibility. Even Steingrimur J. Sigfusson, leader of the Left Green Party should step down. He’s been in Parliament for decades and we need new people. The Central Bank governors and board of directors should also walk away and the head of the Financial Regulation Authority. Saying that we need all these people, because of their rare expertise is nothing but a crass myth. They never had any expertise apart from belonging to the right parties.

Don’t worry about their future. A few years back they secured an incredible retirement package for themselves.

– Form a popular government made up of parliament members of all the parties.
Don’t worry, they hardly do anything anyways so they will not procrastinate from their day-job. They should have the following assignments.

– Keep the wheels turning until June 1st. Basic government. Then we should have a new election.
– Appoint a foreign examination committee to examine the financial crash with a report due in six months.
– Appoint a five-person group of Iceland’s top economists to govern the Central Bank in the meanwhile.
– Declare interest in talks with the EU. Even the US. Send a message.

A vote today would be disastrous as the consequences are just starting to be seen. We need to allow new people, new groups and new ideas to take root and organize. But we cannot allow Geir Haarde and his merry band of accomplishes to stay at the wheel.


2 Responses to “Do something”

  1. 1 Kjartan November 9, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Agreed. The opposition needs some reshuffling as well like you say. VG needs a change of leadership and the so-called “Liberals” and “Progressives” should be abandoned forthwith.
    Þorvaldur Gylfason would make a good director of the central bank.

  2. 2 drafnsson November 9, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I concur 🙂

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