So the final results in the local elections went just as indicated by the exit polls. The Best Party got six out of 15 seats on the Reykjavík city council, the Independence Party got five, Social Democratic Alliance three and Left-Greens one.
Old Jón Gnarr [the popular comedian who is at the helm of the Best Party, for anyone who has just joined us] described the victory as “surreal” and has seemed decidedly perplexed by the whole thing. Predictably he has been swarmed by media people wanting to know what he plans to do next, and he’s looked completely at a loss. [Although to be fair it’s hard to know when he’s being serious and when it’s an act — which is part of his appeal.] It’s slightly cringe-worthy to watch, although also rather refreshing to have someone who’s not spouting empty political clichés for a change.
He has, however, insisted on the mayor’s seat.
It’s now up to the Best Party to initiate discussions with either the IP or the SDA in order to form a majority, although theoretically the IP and SDA could also form a majority. Jón Gnarr, however, appeared on the RÚV evening news a few minutes ago and revealed that he’d been in a meeting with the Social Democrats where “you know, we were all just getting to know one another.” The reporter asked whether this meant the BP had initiated formal discussions with the SDA about forming a coalition, to which he replied in the affirmative.
Again, even though I didn’t vote for them, I am definitely very curious to see where this will lead. The pundits have chewed on the old chestnut about “the people wanting change” and “the beginning of the end for the fjórflokkur” — the four major parties — all day today, and yes, that is pretty evident. We’re all sick and tired of the old and want fresh winds blowing through our political landscape, and with any luck, they will.