The Dim-Post

June 30, 2010

Best Party campaign material

Filed under: Politics,satire — danylmc @ 11:26 am

A couple of days ago I mentioned the Best Party of Iceland, a joke party that just received 34% of the vote and is part of the coalition government.  The leader comedian John Gnarr is now Mayor of Reykjavik and his campaign ad is up on Youtube with translations:

Most of the singers are from Reykjavik’s underground punk scene – they’re now Ministers in the government.

Thanks to Kate who emailed this in.


  1. Great policy ideas for the picking: Super Auckland City needs a tollbooth with Rodney Unitary Authority. That’ll learn them.

    Comment by Me — June 30, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

  2. Government ministers? Aren’t they Reykjavik city councillors?

    Comment by Wiihay Rollbutts — June 30, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  3. Fantastic video. Around the 3min 30 mark I found myself wanting to vote for them myself. When are they coming to New Zealand?

    Comment by Ozy Mandias — June 30, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  4. Ozy, it makes you wonder what might have eventuated if McGillicuddy Serious hadn’t gotten cold feet at the prospect they might actually win a seat, don’t it?


    Comment by Lew — June 30, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  5. May I just say that Reykavik’s underground punk scene looks like the most clean-cut, sensibly shod and neatly coiffed one in the world? The guys all look like architects and the women like design-store owners.

    Except the one bloke with a beard and death-metal singing voice. He’s the outlier.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 30, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

  6. I hear that they are a bit more insane than they look, may have something to do with a penchant for loads of alcohol and being in darkness for 6 months of the year.

    Comment by davy crockett — June 30, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

  7. It very much reminds me of the promises that student politicians make at every university.

    I feel sorry for the poor polar bear.

    Comment by George D — June 30, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

  8. @George D: “I feel sorry for the poor polar bear”

    Actually, if you read the NY Times article Danyl linked to a few posts ago, you’ll see there’s a reason to this:

    “”THE polar bear idea, for example, was not totally facetious. As a result of global warming, a handful of polar bears have swum to Iceland in recent years and been shot. Better, Mr. Gnarr said, to capture them and put them in the zoo.”

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 30, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  9. I believe their philosophy is liberal-conservative, or some such thing.

    Comment by Conor Roberts — July 1, 2010 @ 12:26 am

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