So RÚV ran a report this evening on the life and times of Alex Jurshevski, whom I blogged about two days ago. They’d managed to dig up an interview with him in MacLeans magazine from three years ago, where he gleefully stated that he hoped there would be an economic recession so that he could make a whole lot of dosh.
The article was titled “Let the feasting begin” and contains stellar passages such as this one:
“We’re waiting for the flood,” he says calmly. “Everyone else will want to get out and we’ll be able to start pricing risk they way we want to price it.”
One thing that struck me I was watching the interview on Silfur Egils was that Jurshevski wasn’t really properly introduced, i.e. his name was stated, but that was all. There was an absence of context that was slightly disturbing and which surprised me enough to have me remark on it to EPI, who had just been thinking the same thing. Incidentally, this is unusual for Silfur Egils and makes me wonder just why Egill Helgason, the host, chose to omit this information. I don’t expect he had any vested interest therein, but still, it’s curious.
I still think Jurshevski had a lot of interesting things to say about the status of this country, but by the same token I’m relieved, in light of this new information, that the Icelandic government did not fall for his sales pitch and hire him.