So parliament reconvened last week after the holidays and went right into fighting over discussing the report by the parliamentary committee that I wrote about here.
There was much anticipation yesterday when PM Jóhanna took to the podium, since she had remained mum about her views on the report and everyone was eager to hear what she had to say. In short, she wound up criticizing the report and expressing her view that its conclusions were severely flawed.
This is not a view shared by many of her coalition partners in the Left-Green Party. Consequently it should not surprise anyone that the coalition appears to be on pretty shaky ground right about now.
As if it wasn’t before.
Meanwhile, the voices among the general public calling for new elections are getting more insistent. For a time today, every second Facebook status I read said something about wanting to call an election, and apparently a meeting was called at IP headquarters this afternoon to discuss the situation.
The rumour, though, is that none of the political parties want elections right now because they’re afraid of what’s being called the “Best Effect” — i.e. that a new movement akin to the Best Party last spring will come out of nowhere and gobble up votes. And, you know, it would not surprise me in the least if we saw such a movement evolve on a national scale sometime in the next few weeks.
Whatever happens, it’s pretty clear that this is going to be a winter of discontent. The public is absolutely fed up with the lameness of parliament right now, this incessant arguing and bickering and stalling and blowing things out of their asses — while the whole time the public bleeds.*
* Report in Fréttablaðið yesterday: the banks currently own around 1,500 properties, most of which are vacant. Those are properties that have been repossessed in the wake of the economic collapse. As far as I can tell that figure does not incorporate the number of properties repossessed by the State Housing Fund.