Generational gap

I could be wrong but could Bjorgvin G. Sigurdsson’s resignation today mean that there is a new generation coming up in Iceland that is prepared to take political responsibility? Bjorgvin is just over 30, a generation younger than most other members of the government who sit tight. 

Geir Haarde, Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir, Ossur Skarphedinsson, Johanna Sigurdardottir, Bjorn Bjarnason, Kristjan Moller and Einar K. Gudfinnsson all belong to generations that have abused the core concept of democracy by ignoring checks and balances, seperation of power and political responsibility and allowing nepotism to blossom. 

Hopefully this indicates a change is coming.

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4 Responses to “Generational gap”


  1. 1 Kjartan January 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    You probably are wrong.
    This resignation comes at least 3 month too late. Why he would choose to resign now when the government itself is teetering on the brink when there have been 16 weeks of incessant protest against the government and the financial institutions he’s responsible for smacks of him trying to salvage his political career.
    Therefore if his age has anything to with his decision it is because he’s still young and he believes himself to have more chance of a further career in politics in the future by this token resignation rather than if he went down with the rest of the ruling junta. That prospect isn’t as plausible for the older ministers that will likely be completely ousted in the coming weeks and months.

  2. 2 Stan January 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Just curious… which one of the key officials, having nothing to do with agriculture, was a veterinarian by training? Wasn’t it someone having to do with finance? Anyway, Bjorgvin did not seem to have a particularly impressive c.v. for his job. Perhaps now they can bring in someone with a solid background in economics and finance. If one is to be found in the right klíka.

  3. 3 Roy January 25, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Kjartan is right. This guy has plans for the future that I am afraid involve government service but he has already shown his character by not resigning much earlier. Because of the contempt he has shown to his countrymen he should never ever hold a position of public trust!
    And once they dump the rest of these incompetents the same applies!

  4. 4 Stan January 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I just did some Googling and saw that in fact it is the Minister of Finance, Árni M. Mathiesen, who in fact is a veterinarian. In his C.V. I could not find any formal training in economics and finance.


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