… Or BBC Radio Scotland, to be precise.
Riddoch Questions is a radio show hosted by Lesley Riddoch that was broadcast today. Lesley, who is keenly interested in the parallels between Iceland and Scotland, came here last week to discover first-hand just how we’re coping amidst the economic rubble. I think anyone interested in Iceland will find this fascinating … I did, even though I cannot listen to myself without cringing [I was in the midst of a severe blood-sugar crash and am surprised I actually sound coherent] … Lesley starts out with a recording of the demonstration last Saturday and interviews some people on the scene, then moves on to talking with Guðni [Th. Jóhannesson] who sounds eminently lucid and makes some excellent points. After that it’s Eygló and myself … YT has her 15 minutes of fame about 16 minutes in, the actual Iceland bit starts around 3 minutes in, and sort of tapers off towards the end as they move on to discussing the collapse of Scotland’s banks.
Note that the link expires in seven days’ time.
On a completely different note: check this out. A petition has been set in motion by a group calling themselves Movement for a New Republic in Iceland, urging the International Monetary Fund and others not to lend the Icelandic government any moneys. To wit:
We, the People of the Republic of Iceland in this period of economic turmoil and near national bankruptcy, declare to the International Monetary Fund, to the Central Banks of all our neighbouring countries and to their respective governments, that it is not in the interest of the people of Iceland that our current government receive loans from anyone.
It is precisely because of corruption in government and severe mismanagement of economic and monetary policy, that Iceland is now in such a sad and shameful position. Since we believe that a more politically accountable and civilised government is now crucial in order to ensure an effective implementation of economic recovery and reconstruction, a change has to be made in government to restore trust and credibility, domestically as well as internationally.
We are working hard to press for early elections and are convinced that they will result in a new government followed by a new professional governance structure.
Please do not deliver the money.
Ha! I think I shall have to lie down under a skin, long and hard, to decide whether or not to put my name on it.
I barely went out in the fresh air today. I walked from the front door to my car, and from my car to the gym. Shocking, I know. However, for those brief moments it seemed like the weather was just fine. Calm, crisp, overcast, around 1°C. Right now it’s 0°C [32F], sunrise was at 10:17 am, sunset at 4.10 pm.