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Black Report delayed. AGAIN.

The government’s “truth commission” – a parliamentary committee investigating the economic collapse – called a press conference this morning and announced that the so-called Black Report, due to be released on February 1, would be delayed. Again.

It was first due to appear in November, but its release was put off as the task turned out to be bigger than originally believed.

The committee gives the same reason as last time — that the task is larger and more extensive in scope than originally thought. They added that high-ranking officials implicated in the report will be given a chance to refute the claims made against them before it is published [hmm … should we be worried?]. They will have two weeks to respond to those claims.

The scheduled release date is now somewhere around the turn of the months February-March. Oh, joy. Icesave referendum AND Black Report around the same time. Can you say CIVIL UNREST?

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  • Tom Harper January 25, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Alda – Do you think the intentions of the Black Report are genuine? I.E. Are they really sniffing out the corruption, and delaying because of actual difficulties and sorting through accusations? Or is this a delay tactic?

  • alda January 25, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I honestly don’t know. But I’ll be monitoring the media today to see what people are saying.

  • Chris January 25, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Or it will even be delayed to a timepoint after the referendum…

  • Tim66n January 25, 2010, 12:43 pm

    “high-ranking officials implicated in the report will be given a chance to refute ”

    I wonder if the information will still be included in the report or will it be edited out. The way I see it, the committees task is to present information as they found it. It is a prosecutors task to deal with it being refuted.

  • Peter Reeves January 25, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Iceland used to have the highest per capita production of Bananas.
    It will soon be a fully fledged Banana Republic!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redaction

  • nick January 25, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Nothing wrong with civil unrest, so long as it’s kept civil.

  • Joerg January 25, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Is the Black Report about to fade away into some white-washing farce?

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson January 25, 2010, 2:42 pm

    The main reason for the delay may be the upcoming municipal elections, the parties in government may think they need all help they can get locally.

  • sylvia hikins January 25, 2010, 3:47 pm

    It is highly unusual for those being investigated (ie: implicated) to have an opportunity to read the unpublished report and respond! Will the ‘responses’ be taken as the ‘truth’? Then what will happen? An editing job? This all smacks of past politics. This report is long overdue. Publish and be dammed. Don’t let the dammed decide what is to be published.
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • hassan January 25, 2010, 6:14 pm

    The consolation of losing my job and home and returning to Reykjavík is that I’ll be able to join in the riots.

  • Lissa January 25, 2010, 6:26 pm

    The Ides of March might be a good date for release.

  • Michael Schulz January 25, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Was this not part of the game from the start? Can we count on firm public opposition?
    Michael

  • James January 25, 2010, 8:36 pm

    Declaring a 6 week delay just 6 days before delivery smacks of management incompetence. If the report content is as poorly managed as its delivery schedule, then it won’t be worth the paper its written on. But hopefully it’s just the managers who are incompetent, not the economists.

  • Jessica January 25, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Delaying the report until February-March should allow ample time for the commission’s bulk order of white-out and black magic markers to arrive. (and possibly a few new shredders.)

    Government: 1, Transparency: 0

  • idunn January 25, 2010, 10:14 pm

    I smell a rat. There is no reason the commission cannot release the report as scheduled, whatever shape it is in. They can work on the fine details later.

    Those wishing to clear their names in advance, can do so later, too. Otherwise, one could reasonably suspect their reputations remain as murky as before, only perhaps ‘sanitized’ in a report being less truthful than it might.

    Pots and pans anyone?

  • Andrew January 26, 2010, 5:50 am

    Do you actually think that CIVIL UNREST is likely over all this?

  • Rik Hardy January 26, 2010, 10:50 am

    The civil unrest is already there, about a millimetre under the surface. People are too well-informed today for naked incompetence and political skulduggery to carry much weight any more. I’m afraid that the tiny looney-mob are just waiting for the last straw as an excuse to go berserk, something the main-stream media seem to love, but maybe Icelanders’ reputation for being well-educated will also get some media time. I’m not holding my breath…

  • alda January 26, 2010, 10:57 am

    Andrew – I agree with Rik. I do think civil unrest could break out at any moment. In fact police officials have warned that it may do so after the release of the report and are making preparations. Somewhat worryingly they say that they’re not sure police officers will be as willing to do their jobs as well as they did last year.

  • kevin o'connor waterford Ireland January 26, 2010, 11:31 am

    As yet Iceland as a whole has not suffered from Icesave just having the normal 10% unemployment thing which everyone is doing right now with the extra ingredient of the krona collapse thrown in. I note that Hassan in the previous post said food had gone up 35%,well all other things being equal I would have expected imported food to well basically double olive oil,etc and anything you don’t make up there.I don’t think you will have civil unrest though probably just more Icelanders will just scrape together the airfare to calm placid Norway which is tempting when you start getting wacked with ICESAVE tax in a couple of years from now.

  • James Wilde January 26, 2010, 4:21 pm

    If Sigvaldi Eggertsson hadn’t come up with the idea that they are trying to push the publication of the report until after the local elections, I ‘d have said that the reason is that delaying the report gives them an excuse to delay the Icesave referendum, and that gives the politicians more time to find a solution which doesn’t involve giving the people their say. If there’s one thing a politician hates more than losing power for his party, it’s losing power for politicians. It’s almost the political equivalent of Asimov’s three laws of robotics!

  • Dana January 26, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Will the report really say anything that the Icelandic, or the wider global community, don’t know already? Won’t the problems be more, what to do with the culpable once the information becomes completely open?

  • Gwrhyr January 27, 2010, 2:06 am

    It sounds like they originally wanted the Ice Save debacle to be solved before this report came out – not expecting that it still wouldn’t be solved by Feb. 1st.
    If it is true that they want to give the accused time to defend themselves – in secret, before publication of the report – then whatever civil rest comes is deserved. That is a highly irregular thing to do for a society that wants to be transparent. Doesn’t the commission know that Icelanders are sick of secrecy and behind-closed-doors intrigue?