So, old Davíð Oddsson has resurfaced after his spectacular display of tenacity in hanging on to his Central Bank post last winter – to rant and rave about the proposed Icesave agreement. As usual he was granted what the Nicelanders call a “Queen Interview” [a.k.a. loads of space and no uncomfortable questions – the interviewer is really just a formality] in Morgunblaðið [mouthpice of the Independence Party] the weekend before last. And yesterday he took part in a television discussion [on Skjár 1] along with a few key players in the Icesave debate. I missed it then but caught a glimpse of a rerun today, a totally surreal scene in which one of the interviewers was asking Doddsson about his money when the collapse happened.
INTERVIEWER: Where did you have your money?
DODDSSON: What money?
INTERVIEWER: You must have had some money.
DODDSSON: It was in Landsbanki.
Well YEAH! I coulda told you THAT.
It’s pretty interesting to listen to Doddsson’s current rants. He’s all up in arms about Icesave, thinks it’s a total abomination, the worst agreement Iceland has made since 1264, the current government has totally sold us down the river, we don’t have to pay GODDAMN IT, and if the British and Dutch want their money, they’ll just have to come here and get it! Take us to court! Here in Iceland! [Which incidentally is manned with a bunch of his friends and relatives that he himself had installed when he was in power.]
Now, the question of whether the Icelandic nation should or should not be liable for colossal private debts is one thing. Davíð Oddsson’s rants are quite another. This is the man who was instrumental in selling the banks to his personal friends, who promised they would grant favour to IP supporters in return. This is a man who with no education in economics installed himself in the Central Bank when he decided to “retire from politics” [ha!] and made it possible and even easy for fricking Landsbanki et al to vacuum up deposits Europe-wide. And when Landsbanki collapsed in October and people suddenly realized that – oh shit! – they owed a lot of money to a lot of people who had placed their savings in the Icesave online accounts, it was Davíð Oddsson who signed a letter of intent on 15 November 2008 stating that “Iceland is committed to recognize the obligations to all insured depositors”. Furthermore, it was Doddsson who stated in an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 in March of last year that Iceland’s economy was “extraordinarily good”, that the banks were “sound” and that the Icesave deposits would “not be too much for the state to swallow – if it would like to swallow [them]”. All the while knowing that the economy was headed straight for the toilet.
BUT – this is predictable, particularly if you consider Doddsson’s remark in the aforementioned debate, in which he claimed he would not rule out returning to politics. And also if you consider what a lot of people foresaw a long time ago – that after the elections this current government would have start cleaning up the atrocious mess left by Doddsson and his Independence Party, and they would have to make a lot of unpopular decisions. And because – sad to say – much of the general public has the collective recollection of a goldfish, lots of people would start to pine for the good old days when the IP was running the country. And then the IP would ride that wave and start pointing out how incompetent the current government is in dealing with the mess. And people would believe them. And this is where I’ll just stop because I’m starting to scare myself.
AND I’LL TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER
So, after several days of summertime bliss, we’re now back to clouds and winds and cool temps. Just when we thought the good days would last forever! Right now we have 9°C [48F], the sun came up at 3.37 am and set at 11.28 pm.