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The clown takes possession of City Hall

So, old Jón Gnarr* of the Best Party took over as Mayor of Reykjavík today. On that occasion, he gave a short speech. Excerpt:

When I was young I wanted most of all to be a circus clown when I grew up. I looked particularly to the Billy Smart Circus in that respect, since it was the only circus I knew of at the time. It also had polar bears. My parents and teachers said it was a bad idea and that Billy would never want to hire me, and most definitely not if I didn’t work hard at school. I thought that sounded dubious. Billy did not seem like someone who would get hung up on negativity or sweat the small stuff. I didn’t think it would matter to Billy one bit whether I knew the multiplication table or not, as long as I was a fun and giving person. This attitude made a lot of people angry and when people become angry they like everyone around them to be scared. They tried to scare me into thinking less about Billy Smart and more about the multiplication table. I didn’t agree, and responded with jokes and offhanded remarks. I wrote “Deodorant” as the answer to all multiplication questions. That did not go over well. My teacher became very angry and said I would never get anywhere in life by playing the clown. He was wrong. I may never have become a clown in the Billy Smart Circus, but I did manage to become the mayor of Reykjavík.

And on that note, there is only one thing to say: CONGRATULATIONS to Jón Gnarr and the Best Party. May they laugh all the way to the end of the election term. Huzzah!

* Trivia: — Gnarr is not actually Jón Gnarr’s last name. His name is Jón Gunnar, but when his mother yelled at him to come home for dinner she’d yell “Jón Gnarrrrr!” i.e. drop the “u” [as one does] so it sounded like Jón Gnarr. And the name stuck. And no, I don’t actually know his last name.

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  • siggimus June 16, 2010, 6:46 am

    his last name is kristinsson. looked very weird on the voting ballot 🙂

    egill helgason says mbl & doddson have been known to talk of jón g. kristinsson

  • Petri Aho June 16, 2010, 7:59 am

    I’m afraid there might be lot more of this angry attitude in the city council, hope he can keep his cheerful attitude! Congratulations and good luck Jón!

  • Tom Harper June 16, 2010, 9:15 am

    Kristinsson, according to Wikipedia.

  • sylvia hikins June 16, 2010, 9:47 am

    I used to go to Billy Smart’s Circus when I was a kid. My heart was always in my mouth watching the high wire acts. Let’s hope Jon keeps his balance on the tightrope.
    sylvia from viking wirral.

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson June 16, 2010, 10:46 am

    Jón Gunnar is Kristinsson, not that it matters.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland June 16, 2010, 11:43 am

    Clown gets elected to high office,I thought that was the idea whats new at least this guy is a genuine self confessed clown, whereas most Pollies are serious people with serious plans for your future, things are not looking good for them first they get lesbian airline stewardess as prime minister with her left green cohorts and now this IP is seething ha ha !

  • tom joseph aka tj3 June 16, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Good luck to the Best Party and Jon Gnarr. I think Iceland and the city of
    Reykjavík has a chance now to say something to your people and inadvertently to the rest of the world.

    I would not be surprised if Jon a d his party do a great job, as I bet they will be trying which is more than we can say for conventional Mayors and City Councils.

    Here in Jacksonville Florida, a city of a million folks, we have a regular Mayor and Council who have done nothing but imitate the night of the living dead with results to match.

  • Paul H June 16, 2010, 3:03 pm

    I believe Jón is actually pretty serious as regards fulfilling his duties as mayor, whatever the surface stuff may appear to be.
    Time will show that underneath there is a genuine concern for what is best for Reykjavík as a city, and, indeed, Iceland as whole.
    The next four years should prove things one way or another.

    I would like to wish Iceland a “Happy Birthday!” (of sorts), in advance of tomorrow.
    I am celebrating mine today, with a day of rain, and planning our next “triumphant return to The Land”.

    For obvious reasons this tune sprang to mind:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMAIsqvTh7g