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Better than best

So, as some of you have already alluded to, a poll conducted yesterday [Friday] shows that the Best Party continues to increase its substantial following and would get a clear majority on the Reykjavík city council if elections were held today.

People: I cannot tell you how significant this is.

This is the people of Reykjavík giving the Independence Party, the Social Democratic Alliance, the Progressive Party and even the Left Greens a big, fat finger.

Indeed, Egill Helgason speculates on his blog today that the only thing that could possibly kill the Best Party’s momentum is if Davíð Oddsson publicly announced his support for it.

Here I thought these elections were going to be the most boring elections of my life. But hey – they just became a helluva lot more interesting. Even if that “interesting” does involve a certain amount of fatalism, cyncisim and “to hell with it all”.

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  • JimJones May 23, 2010, 4:53 am

    After reading the Grapevine article I think the anarchist overtones were really interesting. I don’t know how much of it Jon meant, but if he meant even some if it that would be really interesting.

  • Petri Aho May 23, 2010, 10:44 am

    I understand people want a change, and I think this is a great wakeup call to the old parties, but do you think they really have what it takes to run the city? Or is it really that hard to begin with, since there’s no experience or education required.

  • tom joseph aka tj3 May 23, 2010, 12:10 pm

    I like very much that the “Best Party” has a chance to have election success.

    Recently here in the USA we have had a series of election sand primary elections. The majority of candidates were just too unmanageably boring and saying the same old crap. I would love a USA Best Party to come out of the public disgust with the recent traditional political lameness .

    If the Best Party is partly a joke, at least it is funny , as the traditional party politics has proven to be a joke in practice but is not in the least witty or funny.

  • Great Eastern May 23, 2010, 12:40 pm

    What it was about some law regarding Nazies Germany ? History does repeat itself.

    On a more serious note this is not unexpected. People are bored with Television parties and politicians. Specially in the face of crises when public attention suddenly turns onto politicians. Kind of ‘do something’ you bastards. ‘Bastards’ keep repeating the same shit as if nothing happened ( they are right after all as far as their wellbeing is concerned which is not immediately affected by all kind of crisis.)
    The come some ‘clowns’ and things do start rolling, hehe

  • elín May 23, 2010, 12:45 pm

    hey … where is old Davíð Oddsson, btw? Still out of the country?

  • vikingisson May 23, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I’m not sure that anyone thinks they have a chance to actually win but if a few seats go their way then that’s a good thing if they are prepared to get down to work. Parliamentary systems are like that, can they legally get at least one seat? We have some interesting members in Canada but they aren’t enough to change the circus act. But it can be more interesting than the one party system down south; oops, two party system, so they claim.

    The tea party is making lots of noise (literally) and getting some positions. And already they are embarrassing themselves. However I can’t stand to watch most of it and expect things to change very little and then not for the better. At least you guys have a more pragmatic approach.

  • Michael Lewis May 23, 2010, 3:21 pm

    @Petri
    “but do you think they really have what it takes to run the city?”
    What about the current mayor that you have? She doesn’t appear to have held down a proper job. Only ever worked in politics. Look at the US where being a community organiser qualifies you for president. Of course the UK is no better, maybe having these people will be of benefit – at least they’ve done something before entering politics.

  • Alexander E. May 23, 2010, 3:39 pm

    «but do you think they really have what it takes to run the city? Or is it really that hard to begin with, since there’s no experience or education required.»

    Do you really think current “management” KNOWS how to run the city? They are professional politicians and that means only one thing! They KNOW how to GET ELECTED. This is their job only and this is what they are good at!
    At least I know one person from Best party well enough to say she will be hell much better in running the city than current team. At least she was taught to do that at university. And she has a common sense (rather than political “experience”). And she knows about REAL life of people from the street.
    So all member of my family will vote for that party. Or they won’t be allowed to get Internet access! (as you can see I always give people a choice! That’s called democracy, right?) 🙂

  • SDC May 23, 2010, 11:06 pm

    As a US dude, I’m impressed. We have the lame, crypto-racist Tea Party gang here. What we need is a ‘Best Party’. True the actual business of governing is hard and very boring work, but this sends a pretty strong message.

  • Max May 23, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to an era of Lenin- and Stalin-esque policies, with posters of Chairman Mao everywhere…

  • Easy May 24, 2010, 1:49 am

    One thing is for sure, they can not be worse than what we have now!!

  • paperbagmarlys May 25, 2010, 10:57 am

    …do you think they really have what it takes to run the city?…

    I know they’d need to get serious at some point but that group of people looks, at a glance, they look far more qualified to figure it out than the last batch. They have a wider range of experience and I think they all can, in a pitch, read a spread sheet and, if necessary, cut ribbons with some aplomb. I’m not an Icelander but from what I can tell, they are serious people, if also funny and bad singers. I’d vote for a similar group of people in NYC if they found their way to the ticket. (Oddly enough, in New York, the Rev. Billy, the anticapitalist preacher/artist ran on a very reasonable platform during the last NYC mayoral campaign. He didn’t get many votes, in part, I think, because he was so sensible that he didn’t make the tabloid press. There are already polar bears in Central Park and Times Sq. has already been sold to Disney so he couldn’t use those promises but I think he might have done well with “A drug free mayor’s office by 2020!” )

  • Rik Hardy May 25, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I did hear a worrying comment recently, to the effect that the Best Party is the last chance for the as-yet-unapprehended murderers of our country – people who have a lot to hide and a lot to lose – to sneak several of their representatives into key positions of political influence.

    Keep your wits about you, folks. Read a lot and don’t go back to sleep.
    There’s so much to read between the lines nowadays that we hardly need the standard version of the news any more…