Those of you who follow our Facebook page may recall me mentioning that a new right-of-centre political party was in the works, and would be launched just after Easter. Well, it hasn’t been formally launched yet BUT a website has been opened where people can join, as well as choose whether or not they wish to take an active role in forming the party.
This new party, which has been given the name Viðreisnin [Restoration] is largely made up of people who were previously affiliated with the Independence Party, but who are disillusioned with the party’s policies, most notably its refusal to finish accession talks with the EU. However, it is expected to take its following from other parties as well, especially the Social Democrats. A recent poll showed it had a following of around 20 percent, which is pretty stellar considering it hasn’t been formally established yet.
The new party has not yet published an official manifesto, but according to its website its goals are:
A just society
The rights of citizens to a good education and health care is well defined, and where there is a vibrant cultural life. Living conditions in Iceland shall be on par with its neighbouring countries.
A stable economy and diverse opportunities for employment. Production through ingenuity and the sensible utilisation of resources, now and in the future. No fiscal deficit and reduction of state debt.
Market solutions where appropriate, no capital controls, no barriers to competition. Freedom, equality, democracy and equal-value votes for everyone.
Accession negotiations with the EU completed with the best possible outcome for Iceland, and the negotiated contract put to a national referendum.
It remains to be seen just how those goals will be reached in practice.
Incidentally, a demonstration is planned for tomorrow at 3 pm on Austurvöllur [parliament square] to protest the government’s plan to scrap accession talks with the EU, without holding a referendum as they promised to do in the lead-up to the last elections. The Minister for Foreign Affairs reiterated the government’s position today, that they would try to push a bill to that effect through parliament, despite being handed a petition urging them not to do so, signed by around 55,000 people.