New years’ speeches

The prime minister and president delivered their annual speeches to the nation last night and today.

Geir Haarde asks himself every day if he could have done anything to prevent the most serious crisis in the nation’s recent history. He says it is an Icelandic trait to be courageous, when everything about his job performance in 2008 suggests that it is not a trait he himself is in posession of.

The president wants to assure us that he will be more careful who he will associate the presidency with in the future. He acknowledges that he might have gone too far in promoting unstable businessmen abroad.

Both of them show a hint of remorse for the first time. But is that remorse there because they feel genuinly sorry for driving the broken roller coaster or is it the remorse of a five year old caught with his hands in the cookie-jar?

The fact that neither has the balls to accept responsibility suggests the latter. So Iceland is stuck with the same spineless leaders who bask in the glory when times are good, and refuse to acknowledge their role in dire times.

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2 Responses to “New years’ speeches”


  1. 1 Roy January 2, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Is this what we are speaking of?

    A clay jar with a neck that tapers into a larger bottom is tied to a tree. An orange that just fits into the neck of the jar is then placed into this “monkey jar” and the trap is set.

    The monkey will place his hand in the jar and try to grab the orange; however he cannot remove his hand as long as he holds onto the fruit. So the monkey is trapped by his simultaneous desire for both the free meal and his freedom and will remain stuck indefinitely.

  2. 2 envebrareft January 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I am unable to understand this post. But well some points are useful for me.


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