Yesterday, our fearless leaders [Jóhanna and Steingrímur] decided to call a meeting of the heads of all the political parties in Iceland’s parliament.
At the meeting, all of them – including the Independence and Progressive Parties – agreed to join forces in order to work towards a solution to the Icesave mess – to present a united front and try to get the British and the Dutch back to the negotiating table [and thereby avoid the referendum].
This after more than a year of incessant infighting and bickering, where the Icesave issue was used and abused by the IP and PP to bring down the other side and further their own political agendas. Where virtually all of parliament’s energy went into fighting over Icesave, while other, no less pressing, issues were relegated to the back burner.
A whole f*cking year!
In the oft-cited Silfur Egils last Sunday there was a very good interview with Stefán Jón Hafstein, an Icelander currently working in development aid in Africa, who drew various parallels between Iceland and developing African nations. He made one excellent point, to wit: If the economic collapse had been a natural disaster, say a volcanic eruption, EVERYONE would have immediately banded together to save lives and try and salvage whatever valuables could be salvaged. But because it is a man-made disaster, it has become a political issue and has caused widespread chaos and dissent.
So let us see if the presidential veto last week turns out to represent a natural disaster or a man-made one.
[PS last chance today to nominate the Iceland Weather Report in the 2010 Weblog Awards. We appreciate your support!]