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The kreppa according to Doddsson

So, old Davíð Oddsson is now happily installed as the new Editor-in-Chief of Morgunblaðið.

I haven’t seen the paper since I cancelled my subscription last Friday [- oops, a lie! I saw it Saturday because clearly there was a lag in the system and it was delivered to us], but according to Iceland’s most popular blogger Egill Helgason, today’s editorial is all about how terrible it would be if capital gains tax were increased.*

There is also a news item, based on an old report from some foreign institution, about how there is no corruption in Iceland.

It’s good to know that old Davíð is wasting no time erasing rewriting history. I guess some of us are just above the pesky constraints of the truth.

Davíd erasing history

[This cartoon is from Halldór, Morgunblaðið’s resident cartoonist. Anyone want to lay bets on how much longer?]

With fairly winds from the west, around 8 metres per second. We’ve had a total of 1 mm of rain so far and it’s been cloudy pretty much all day. Right now it’s 7°C [45F] and sunrise was at 7.29 this morning, sunset due for 7.04 this evening.

* God forbid that we should drive any moguls away!!



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  • Ljósmynd DE September 29, 2009, 7:31 pm

    So, Doddsson doesn’t seem to waste any time to turn Morgunblaðið into some right-wing kind of Icelandic Pravda, promoting obsequious journalism in pursuit of rewriting history – right on time for the anniversary of the kreppa. I wonder, if he is aspiring for another asset freezing by telling the world next week, that Iceland is never going to pay its debts.

    Are there still people in Iceland not giving a damn about this paper’s editorials? A propaganda-tool with such an obvious agenda, dedicated to the ego of its deluded, embittered editor in chief, should usually not get too much attention. But, maybe, Iceland is different here once again.

  • Silvia Planchett September 29, 2009, 7:39 pm

    Halldór? He´s a goner. To have Doddson as editor is equivalent to having Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lecturing on the holocaust!

  • ReallyEvilCanine September 29, 2009, 9:40 pm

    As far as Doddson being the EiC of MBL, it’s not really different from Murdoch buying the Wall Street Journal and stupidifying it further — except for circulation numbers. That was one harsh cartoon. Halldór needs to find a new employer quickly. Fréttablaðið maybe? I can’t see him at DV.

  • pogo September 29, 2009, 9:56 pm

    Who elected these fools in the Independence Party? We have seen the enemy and it is us!

  • alda September 29, 2009, 10:04 pm

    pogo – speak for yourself!

  • James September 29, 2009, 10:59 pm

    The Sun’s resident cartoonist may be similarly conflicted (the paper announced today that it will support the Conservatives at the next election). But at least Margaret Thatcher isn’t The Sun’s new Editor in Chief.

  • Gimliguy September 30, 2009, 2:38 am

    Thank U for this info which has great interest for we ‘Western Icelanders’ We get so little new in our Canadian papers and not much in the bi monthly Icelandic (in english) paper.


  • hildigunnur September 30, 2009, 8:42 am

    pogo, I sure didn’t, don’t really blame the people that voted for them, things definitely seemed to be fine – if you closed your eyes anyway and didn’t think about how incredible it was that money could be made out of nothing.

    But I do blame the 30% of ppl wanting to vote for them NOW! Stupid assholes (‘scuse my language).

  • hassan September 30, 2009, 8:45 am

    Wasn’t there a time when you used to allow people to leave any comments that they wished, now you censor the one’s that you don’t like or don’t agree with you…

  • alda September 30, 2009, 9:46 am

    That’s right, hassan, I’ve found it necessary to filter out the comments that are inflammatory or disrespectful while leaving plenty of room for discussion. Have you had a look at our comment guidelines? Judging by some of your previous comments – that I’ve found necessary to filter – I’d say you haven’t.

  • RLJ September 30, 2009, 11:42 am

    Hi Alda,
    I hear they are hiring; maybe you should send in your resumé? Make sure to focus on key factors, such as how many relatives you have in the echelons of The Party and how long you have been a loyal member of the same.

  • tom joseph September 30, 2009, 1:40 pm

    Jeezsus so Doddsson is advocating a continuation of policy that caused all the trouble in the first place. That is so cool!

    I read here in the USA that the investment banks remaining in existence are trading in complex derivatives more than they did last year. The same policy continued.

    Our city here (Jacksonville Florida USA) is cutting services and asking for tax increases. The policy is not even suggested to change, just extract the debts from the citizens. Jacksonville by itself is over one million people. Steady growth here for 50 plus years and the place is broke?

    We have our Doddsons here as you unfortunately have them there. They prey on the apathy of the majority of each population. I do not know the Doddson story really but it sounds superficially exactly like ours here. These people will just not go away and have a nice lunch and leave us alone.

    Instead they expect (accurately) that a majority of our folks will go have a brief snack during a break and leave them alone.

    Anyway ….