So, I had planned to blog about the new ban on strip clubs just passed in parliament, but the Grauniad beat me to it:
While activists in Britain battle on in an attempt to regulate lapdance clubs – the number of which has been growing at an alarming rate during the last decade – Iceland has passed a law that will result in every strip club in the country being shut down. And forget hiring a topless waitress in an attempt to get around the bar: the law, which was passed with no votes against and only two abstentions, will make it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees.
Read the full article here. It’s well worth it.
I must say, I am impressed by how much the government has managed to achieve in the last couple of weeks, ever since they stopped banging their heads against the wall in dealing with THE BLOB, aka Icesave. [Not to suggest Icesave has gone away, it’s just that there have been no new talks and the government has had a chance to focus on other issues. Steingrímur is now in Washington for talks with the IMF — we shall see what comes of that in due course.] In addition to passing the above legislation, they have rolled out new measures to help indebted households [although there is contention over just how much they help], and have finally closed an emotional issue concerning compensation to Icelanders who were abused in foster homes around 30 years ago.
Meanwhile, I’m super-excited to be hitting the road this evening to go see the eruption. I’ll be taking the Volcano Tour with Reykjavík Excursions — so expect the full story plus pictures!