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.