Later on this month Icelanders enter the voting booth to place their ballots for the municipal elections held simultaneously around the country. Here we have 4 main parties, none of whom are extreme and would probably all fall pretty close to the line separating left and right wing political beliefs – two swing to the right and two to the left. All parties present a mix of good and bad, both on their agenda and on their candidate rooster. In any other year these elections would have been a severe case of “same-old, same-old”. However, this is not any usual year. Just two weeks ago a committee assembled to get to the bottom of the banking crisis published its findings which were made available to the public on the internet or for purchase in bookshops. The report was in 9 volumes, no less was needed to paint the awful picture of corruption and greed that reigned supreme in our society before the crash. How so few did so much harm is incredible and maybe at a later date I will brief you regarding the report’s contents, at present I am too disgusted to even make an attempt. For now I am just going to describe the report’s effect on the elections.
Like all parties the Best Party has a political agenda – when they entered the scene it only contained one single item: Add a polar bear to the Reykjavík petting zoo. Slowly they have added more, here are some examples:
- Plant palm trees along the Icelandic shoreline
- Establish a program to try and tame the fish in the sea
- Install toll gates around Reykjavík to charge suburb inhabitants an entrance fee
- Similar to “adopt a highway” introduce “adopt a bum” program
- Free dental care for children and losers
- Make Iceland the leading country in the field of prisons
If so we will have a lot of construction on our hands, seeing that his super-prison Gnarrenburg will be given a green light, as will the erection of toll gates and the enlargement of the petting zoo.
Yrsa - Wednesday