So, the municipal elections are on, with polls opening at 9 this morning. It is against the law to publish polls on this day, obviously, but the last we heard [yesterday] the Best Party was still the front runner in the Reykjavík elections, and would, according to the poll, take seven seats on the city council, one more than the IP.
That may have changed after the candidates appeared on Kastljós yesterday evening, however. Jón Gnarr, the comedian who spearheads the Best Party, was as vague and droll as usual, and his main point was that he’d increase the revenues of the city [in order to keep basic services going, despite the kreppa] by building a white-collar prison on the outskirts of Reykjavík, which would create hundreds of jobs. Other nations could then send their white-collar criminals there and we in Reykjavík would have no worries.
Assuming he’s serious, first of all, who would pay for the construction? [Which he was asked, of course, but gave no definitive answer.] Secondly, would other nations really send their white-collar criminals to Iceland to serve time? [Wouldn’t they rather send their most heinous mass-murderers, for instance, to be rid of them at home?] Thirdly, isn’t the fact that a “white collar” prison exists at all something everyone is always criticizing?
EPI and I had a few laughs this morning, though, speculating on the execution of this plan. EPI said maybe our útrásarvíkingar would pay for the construction of the prison in return for a nice view. I said [nameless 1] had probably already reserved the Presidential Suite, to which EPI replied that they’d have to build another Presidential Suite because [nameless 2] would have to keep up with [nameless 1]. And so on.
Hm. Come to think of it, a few heinous serial killers thrown in with the útrásarvíkingar might actually make for some cheap amusement.
Anyway, more later. It’s a big day and I’ll be trickling news and info as time permits.