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Is this a bad reality TV show?

OK, so Prez Ólafur Ragnar has finally announced that he will be announcing his decision on Icesave tomorrow.

Meanwhile the Icelandic media, bloggers, Facebookers etc. have debated and discussed ad nauseum what exactly this means, what’s taking him so long, what he’s up to, who he’s talking to, who he’s not talking to, what the people he’s not talking to are saying, what this professor thinks, what that professor thinks, what the implications are if he signs, what the implications are if he doesn’t sign, why this is undemocratic, why we need a new constitution … ad nauseum


It’s so fricking tedious. Seriously, I feel like I’m stuck in a reality show where something REALLY DRAMATIC is going down and I just can’t take it seriously because I feel like I’m being manipulated. Like that godawful Keeping Up with the Kardashians that somehow always seems to be the only thing on [apart from sports or the horrific Sky news] when I’m on the treadmill at the gym.

Which is precisely in line with what one commentator remarked on the news last night – that Ólafur Ragnar just relishes the attention. He has that kind of reputation – for going out of his way to further his own political agenda. So is he dragging this on for purely narcissistic reasons, or is there something else?

I guess we may never know – but we’ll have an answer on Icesave at 11 am tomorrow. I shall be here, in front of the TV, with the laptop primed.



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  • Peter Reeves January 4, 2010, 11:54 pm

    Its a very tough one to call, as he could easily spin it either way?
    Most likely he will want to present himself as a world Statesman.
    This will serve him best for future work on global committees etc.
    His career has been built on opportunism, so its just another step!

  • Lissa January 5, 2010, 1:04 am

    Wait, Ólafur is trying to compete with the Google phone announcement?

  • Kathryn January 5, 2010, 1:41 am

    Hi Alda,

    A little belated, but Happy New Year to you.
    I’ve really enjoyed your last two blogs, and
    appreciate the time and effort you put into
    The Iceland Weather Report. Best, K.

  • J.Johansen (Norway) January 5, 2010, 9:15 am

    Great Blog,
    I advice you Icelanders should really listen to a specialist, that have been living though several ‘crisis’ as you are living through now; Mr. Salbuchi of Argentina. If not you are doomed to let the same people who was causing the problems, you have also allowed to try solve them, what of cause they will not – just make it worse. Look up for the New-World-Order Elite…..(the Oddson’s Bilderbergs, etc.)

    Spread the word about the scumbags and their international institutions aka IMF, is the only thing that helps.


    See all Mr. Salbuchi’s videos here

  • Joerg January 5, 2010, 10:20 am

    Before this current drama, the last thing I remember having heard of him was, when he had fallen off his horse last summer. So, that might be his final shot at taking center stage. Hopefully, he won’t overdo things.

  • Andrew January 5, 2010, 11:41 am

    I’ve just seen a Breaking News that he won’t sign the Bill into law. Is this correct? If so, does that mean a referendum?