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June 27, 2010

Politics in Iceland

Filed under: general news — danylmc @ 7:30 am

The New York Times reports:

Iceland’s Best Party, founded in December by a comedian, Jon Gnarr, to satirize his country’s political system, ran a campaign that was one big joke. Or was it?

Last month, in the depressed aftermath of the country’s financial collapse, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner in Reykjavik’s elections, with 34.7 percent of the vote, and Mr. Gnarr — who also promised a classroom of kindergartners he would build a Disneyland at the airport — is now the fourth mayor in four years of a city that is home to more than a third of the island’s 320,000 people.

In his acceptance speech he tried to calm the fears of the other 65.3 percent. “No one has to be afraid of the Best Party,” he said, “because it is the best party. If it wasn’t, it would be called the Worst Party or the Bad Party. We would never work with a party like that.”

With his party having won 6 of the City Council’s 15 seats, Mr. Gnarr needed a coalition partner, but ruled out any party whose members had not seen all five seasons of “The Wire”.

The possibilty of the Progressive-Conservative Party (non-Canadian) sweeping to power creeps a little closer. According to this online poll almost 20% of New Zealanders identify with the policies and values of Progressive-Conservatism!

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15 Comments »

  1. His bottom line on coalition partners demonstrates remarkable judgment. All in the game yo?

    Comment by Guy Smiley — June 27, 2010 @ 8:16 am

  2. Best they run for the supercity mayoralty.

    Comment by arfarf — June 27, 2010 @ 8:36 am

  3. I love the (self) reference to “this online poll”. Brilliant! I wonder if we can make this thing take off and become self-fulfilling, self-referencing, self-propagating.

    Comment by David in Chch — June 27, 2010 @ 11:08 am

  4. to be honest, if he was running in the Dunedin elections this year I would certainly vote for him. at least he acknowledges that his behaviour and policies are comedic…

    Comment by chris — June 27, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  5. Good point, Chris. Compared to the two jokers declared for Chch, he would be a better choice, methinks. ;-)

    Comment by David in Chch — June 27, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  6. “According to this online poll almost 20% of New Zealanders identify with the policies and values of Progressive-Conservatism!”

    Unfortunately, that statement only holds true if your blog readership is a proportionally perfect representation of the entire country’s population. I highly doubt that’s actually the case. What that poll actually says is that almost 20% of your poll-participating readership identifies with Progressive-Conservatism; anything else is just guessing.

    Comment by Erayd — June 28, 2010 @ 3:29 am

  7. The exclamation mark was the clue.

    Comment by danylmc — June 28, 2010 @ 7:08 am

  8. Were you taking the piss Danyl?!

    Comment by davy crockett — June 28, 2010 @ 7:14 am

  9. I think he was… And I fell for it hook, line & sinker ;-)

    Comment by Erayd — June 28, 2010 @ 8:34 am

  10. Although I think liberal-progressive-conservatism is the way of the future.

    Comment by davy crockett — June 28, 2010 @ 9:06 am

  11. I think liberal-progressive-conservatism is the way of the future.

    Why not Liberal-Socialism?
    … or Social-Liberalism?

    No, wait, I’ve got it: Marxist-Capitalism!

    Comment by Phil — June 28, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  12. By golly! I think you’re onto something there.

    *ring ring*
    Hi, is that Pete Hodgson? Yeah, look we have a great idea to pitch to you. Yeah, strategy related, easily up there with the h-fee thing, yeah?, no problem I understand, Thursday is good. Looking forward to it. Bye.

    Comment by davy crockett — June 28, 2010 @ 9:18 am

  13. “The Best Party, whose members include a who’s who of Iceland’s punk rock scene, formed a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (despite Mr. Gnarr’s suspicion that party leaders had assigned an underling to watch “The Wire” and take notes).”

    Politics as usual.

    Comment by Helenalex — June 28, 2010 @ 10:06 am

  14. Comment by chris — June 28, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  15. argh was mean’t to be an image… http://mydavidcameron.com/images/progcon1.jpg
    here’s the link instead

    Comment by chris — June 28, 2010 @ 11:04 am


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