As many of you will know, the hot pots [or tubs] in Icelandic swimming pools serve pretty much the same function as the pub does in Britain, or the café in France … it’s where people gather together to socialize and discuss current affairs and matters of national importance.
This evening I read a pretty interesting post over at this blog, in which the author relates a conspiracy theory overheard in one of the hot pots at the Seltjarnarnes swimming pool a few days ago.* According to this theory, numerous individuals connected to the Independence Party [which ran this country for 18 years until the government collapsed in January] and the Progressive Party [a frequent coalition partner of the IP] are starting to sweat profusely since details from the Kaupthing loan book were leaked.
Word has it that the Kaupthing book PALES in comparison to the Landsbanki loan book. As some of you may recall, there were some pretty dubious methods employed when Landsbanki was privatized, as I wrote about here, and the IP has had a stronghold on Landsbanki for about as long as most of us can remember.
Considering how nervous people are getting, and considering that for the first time in a couple of decades neither the IP and PP are in government, word has it that it’s open hunting season on the current government and that these two parties WILL DO ANYTHING to bring down the coalition. Indeed, it is amazing to watch the vehemence with which the opposition parties argue against the two key issues that override everything in parliament at the moment: the Icesave agreement, and the EU question. The manifestos of the parties have completely been tossed overboard in this regard, particularly that of the IP, which it should be noted was the first to sign an agreement [last fall, when it was still in power] that Iceland would honour its obligations in repaying the Icesave debts. Now, suddenly, they are whistling quite a different tune – and are threatening to reject the agreement this coming week.
According to the hot pot theorists, the primary aim of the two abovementioned parties is to get back into power to make sure no more rocks are overturned. [Indeed, many of us believe – YT included – that if the IP were to get back into power, one of the first things they would do is fire Eva Joly.] The best way for them to do so is to woo the nationalists in the Left-Green party and get them to reject the Icesave agreement [many of the have already declared they will not support it]. Once that’s done, it will be tantamount to a vote of no confidence for the coalition and the government will automatically collapse. Then it will be a shoo-in for the IP and PP to take centre stage again.
I shudder to think what will happen if this comes to pass. Truly. I can totally understand the democrats in the US who, in anticipation of the elections last fall, said they would leave the country if the republicans came into power again. I just can’t go there – the thought of it just makes me want to crawl into bed and pull the duvet over my head.
GLOOMY, RAINY WEATHER
But very mild, and fairly calm, which has made all the difference. And it’s quite a relief to be able to get things done indoors again for a change – when the sun is out it’s just so impossible to stay inside in this country. It’s currently overcast and DARK [the days get shorter again so quickly], with temps of 12°C [54F]. Sunrise was at 5 am and sunset at 10.04 pm.
* I’m usually in the Seltjarnarnes swimming pool hot pot every couple of days, but I never hear such good theories. All I get is this.
PS – There are some excellent discussions and points raised in the comments to the last post. Just sayin’.