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Aaaand they’re off!

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.



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  • Marko May 29, 2010, 12:26 pm

    You know, I think you’re onto something with cheap entertainment. We could film the life in prison, call it “Big Brother – The Prison Edition”, broadcast it worldwide and earn enough money to pay off IceSave. We’ll need more prisoners soon, but I’m sure Eva Joly will take care of that, soon.


  • Virgile May 29, 2010, 12:29 pm

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous. People are totally blinded by the multiple characters of Jón Gnarr.

    Do we really want a man that jokes about Jews to be mayor of Reykjavík ?

    They do not propose anything new at all but voters just want to have a brighter and more fun Reykjavík…

    Vote like its 2007 again 🙂

  • Bryan Bessette May 29, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Maybe throw some cannibals in the white collar prison? That would be lots of fun! Great entertainment!

  • sylvia hikins May 29, 2010, 2:41 pm

    You could build a roman style amphitheatre from blocks of lava and have entertainment for the tourists like feeding the shite- oops, typo, meant, white collar miscreants to stray polar bears (there will be more of the latter with global warming on the up). Pingvellir could be the place to build it, given the historical significance. I hope that Best Party hopefulls read your blog alda to load up with lots of going ideas!
    Good luck in tonight’s Eurovision. One thing I can predict- the UK won’t win!
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Joerg May 29, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Making fun of the whole election procedure and apparently unrealizable promises is more honest than just pretending to be serious about promises just as long until the election is over, like the traditional parties do.

    Fun parties like this did have their share of success at local polls also in Germany at times in the past. Usually, you never hear of them again after the election. And having no clue about what a party is going to do with real power makes me always very suspicious.

  • Chris Cook May 29, 2010, 10:23 pm

    A party without a policy – or apparently, one in favour of ‘what works’ – would be an interesting change.

    The parties in the UK share – without exception – not only the same market-centric policies that dropped us in the shit but also the conviction that more of the same is the only way to solve the problem. So they aim not only to cut off the transfusion (QE), but also to apply leeches, to a patient bleeding internally.

    It would be nice to see if the ‘Best’ party could actually recognise and adopt the ‘Best’ policies. I’m not holding my breath.

  • Michael Lewis May 29, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Chris, QE is a farce and puts economies onto the road of ruin. It takes money from the prudent and savers and hands it to the profligate. It has never worked throught history – ultimately creating more problems than it solves. Given the alternative Icelanders seem to have (career politicians) Im not suprised the Best party is doing well in the polls.

  • sylvia hikins May 30, 2010, 12:22 am

    Post Eurovision Song Contest depression has kicked in with the realisation that the UK came last again- and he was such a nice young lad, clean, short hair cut, the sort the new coalition would see as a role model for the unemployed. Will I ever be able to show my face in Reykjavik again?Us Brits are going to need re-assurance. Ey up- it’s back to the Rolling Stones. Brown Sugar here I come. (Please insert your own winking smiley.)
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Chris Cook May 30, 2010, 12:28 am


    For 300 years we have been brainwashed into thinking that public credit (aka, notes and coin and QE) is inflationary, whereas private credit created by banks (which comes with excessive management salaries and dividends to shareholders) is not.

    This is the Big Lie.

    The fact is that, provided public credit issuance is:

    (a) professionally managed by service providers with a stake in the outcome; and

    (b) accountably supervised by a monetary authority (there is no need for Central Banks and never has been – indeed Hong Kong has never had one) ;

    then it can and should be created as necessary for the creation of private and public productive assets. But not for the inflation of existing asset prices which is what is going on in the US and UK.

    Once new productive assets – like affordable houses or reneabale energy – are complete, they may be refinanced by long term investment and the public credit may be retired and re-cycled.

    The mistake you make is in thinking that money is a debt instrument, when in fact it is a credit instrument. One of the principal duties of any government is to ensure that sufficient credit is available to meet the needs of the economy, especially now that most economies are terminally compromised.

  • WiseWoman May 30, 2010, 12:33 am

    Looks like they got a lot of votes – both them and the “second-best party”. This will make for interesting politics, I suppose!