There was a staggering headline on the front page of Fréttablaðið this morning:
Special Unit Strengthened, Economic Crimes Department Not
Beneath the headline was an article outlining just how money has been poured into strengthening the police’s Viking Squad in the past couple of years, while the Economic Crimes Department has been downsized. The numbers back this up: operating costs for the former are up by 45 percent, for the latter they are down by nine percent.
Just to put this into topical perspective: the Viking Squad is the force that is – among other things – dispatched to suppress protests, demonstrations and public unrest, while the Economic Crimes Department is the division responsible for investigating the white-collar crimes of people who have driven this country’s economy into the ground, leaving us – the regular Jóns and Gunnas – to pay their debts for the next century or so.
Pardon me for asking, but isn’t there something VERY WRONG here?
Meanwhile, no more has been heard about that pugnacious Central Bank economist* and his belligerent brother who walked around threatening protesters a few days ago. Some of us are thinking he probably reported to work after the holidays and got called into the boss’s office … only to receive a hearty slap on the back and congratulations on his conduct. After all, we have to remember who is in charge.
I’M TEMPTED TO GET ME ONE OF THOSE SIGNS
That reads “Helvítis fokking fokk” – the protest sign of the year 2008 in the view of most punters. [In case you don’t know, it basically just means “Goddamn F*cking f*ck” and quite neatly sums up the sense of impotence felt by much of the Nicelandic population these days.] Because, you know, what else is there to say? Yes, I mean, we have weather and everything, but what does it matter when everything is just helvítis fokking fokk? It’s overcast if you must know, and wet, and kind of blustery, and mild. Temps 8°C [46F], sunrise was at 11:10 am and sunset at 3:58 pm.
* … which was brought up in the comments of the post I linked to. The link to the video, once again, is here. The pugnacious pair come in at around 1.40 minutes.