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What strange days we are experiencing up here in the Land of the Nice.

Thursday evening, and the government is STILL saying that a new deal with UK/Holland by Saturday cannot be ruled out. Yet we’re set to vote in a referendum in two days’ time.

The mind boggles.

Make no mistake: there is a massive undercurrent of tension around here. The opposition is strongly urging people to go out and vote NO on Saturday. Meanwhile, there are growing fears that the government may collapse if the deal is voted down [which is no doubt one of the main impulses in the opposition’s game]. The Left-Greens have been a highly uneasy participant in the coalition from the beginning, and with the two big issues – EU and Icesave – testing their mettle in the last couple of weeks, they are reportedly deeply divided. There is talk that Steingrímur J. [Finance Minister and leader of the Left-Greens] may resign after the referendum and if he does, the government is finished.

At which the president could either appoint an extra-parliamentary government, or new elections would be called.

Personally, I would prefer the former. So would a lot of other people, from what I’ve heard.

Fun and games, boys and girls. Fun and games.

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  • Marko March 4, 2010, 11:14 pm

    These are pretty difficult times being a foreigner in Iceland…

    I don;t understand half of what’s going on, the other half I just don’t get… 🙁

  • Easy March 4, 2010, 11:47 pm

    ” president could either appoint an extra-parliamentary government”
    I think it’s the best that could ever happen to Iceland, hope these guys get out and hopefully not get the previous clowns back, I feel that with these two goberments we really are between a rock and a hard place, still some times I think that “It’s better to deal with a bad person that you know, than to deal with a potentially good one that you don’t” dont get me wrong I’m not for “B-D” at all.

  • sylvia hikins March 5, 2010, 12:10 am

    On what basis would an extra-parliamentary government be appointed and how would it work? Has this ever happened in Iceland before?
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland March 5, 2010, 12:32 am

    Kevs solution “Here have all the landsbanki assets, keep them they are good investments,thankyou the matter is now closed” onto more important things ie the weather, wow how about the winter we have had when will it end, where I live is the florida of ireland,we have palm trees,so we do I feel so cold.

  • James March 5, 2010, 1:04 am

    Iceland, UK and Netherlands may all end up holding elections around the same time. Governments cannot escape T h e C u r s e o f I c e s a v e.

  • Andrew (the other one) March 5, 2010, 4:57 am

    Well, you can just imagine the thrill of the UK and NL negotiators if the Icelandic government collapses. Then they have to negotiate with a new government, who were the government which presided over the banking collapse in the first place. Oh joy! That’s probably why some negotiations are still going on, it would suit both teams in the negotiations to pull something out at the last minute (or last second, or last nanosecond…).

    Maybe another helping of falafel would help.

  • hildigunnur March 5, 2010, 8:25 am

    Marko, well that doesn’t surprise me – most of us feel the same way…

  • Michael Lewis March 5, 2010, 10:12 am

    ” president could either appoint an extra-parliamentary government”

    Main Entry: de·moc·ra·cy
    Pronunciation: \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural de·moc·ra·cies
    Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy
    Date: 1576

    1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

  • Joerg March 5, 2010, 11:56 am

    There can’t be any illusion about the deal being voted down, if the referendum takes place – not even in the government. So, it wouldn’t be wise to link anything with the outcome.

    Wouldn’t an extra-parliamentary government, appointed by the president, still have to be confirmed by the majority of members of parliament?

  • Bromley86 March 5, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Kevs solution “Here have all the landsbanki assets, keep them they are good investments,thankyou the matter is now closed”

    Kev, are you an Icelandic negotiator? Because that was their idea 🙂 .

  • North Horsies March 5, 2010, 4:20 pm

    What ever happened with the Black Book? That of the endless delays? Wasn’t that suppsed to be released this week? Did I miss something?

    Thx

  • Bromley86 March 5, 2010, 9:04 pm

    What ever happened with the Black Book?

    See:
    ” That of the endless delays”

    11th March is the absolute earliest, apparently.
    http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2010/02/27/althingi-banking-report-delayed-%e2%80%98one-last-time%e2%80%99/