The Best in Iceland

May 27th, 2010 at 6:30 pm by David Farrar

The Telegraph reports:

A new party calling itself “the Best” looks set to cause a major upset in local elections in ’s capital Reykjavik.

According to an opinion poll published Wednesday by the leading daily Morgunbladid, the upstart party whose candidates have broadcast campaign pledges on YouTube to the soundtrack of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”, could knock traditional political heavyweights out of the ring on Saturday.

The poll gave “the Best Party”, only created last November, 43.1 percent of voting intentions, way ahead of the conservative Independence party (28.8 percent) and the governing Social Democrats, who are trailing with 16.6 percent.

In a video posted on YouTube and filmed on a rooftop overlooking Reykjavik, the party’s leader Jon Gnarr, who happens to be one of the country’s top comedians, called for free towels in all city swimming pools, a polar bear for the city zoo and a Disneyland at Vatnsmyri, the capital’s airport, among other campaign pledges on the inevitably named “best manifesto”.

Who would vote against free towels, a polar bear and a Disneyland?

According to Wikipedia they are also very upfront:

The party has from the beginning admitted that it will not honour any of the promises given prior to elections and been very outspoken about their corruption.

Makes a change from trying to deny it!

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15 Responses to “The Best in Iceland”

  1. Michael (903 comments) says:

    Cue lefties making comments about John Key’s corruption over Aldgate/Whitechapel …

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  2. RRM (9,788 comments) says:

    You know the classic dichotomy your major parties are meant to offer is deficient in some serious way when little joke parties start to look like real power players.

    Cue Act showing in ’08 :-P

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  3. emmess (1,422 comments) says:

    the governing Social Democrats, who are trailing with 16.6

    Assuming the theories about the previous prime minister’s of New Zeland sexuality were true
    I bet she is extremely glad that she never revealed it

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  4. homepaddock (408 comments) says:

    “Who would vote against free towels . . ”

    Depends on the quality and cleanliness of them.

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  5. Inky_the_Red (751 comments) says:

    The Social Democrats are Governing in Iceland but not in Reykjavík Council. The Independence Party (who have 7 of the 15 council seats) have political control of the Capital in coalition with the Progressive party (which has 1 seat). The Social Democrats have 4 seats.

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  6. burt (8,206 comments) says:

    Their honesty is appealing.

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  7. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Humour aside, the 43% sends a pretty strong message about the thinking of the populace.

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  8. burt (8,206 comments) says:

    Michael,

    Re: key and the vineyard – Felix at the standard coined the phrase;

    Highwatergate

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  9. cabbage (455 comments) says:

    Humour aside, the 43% sends a pretty strong message about the thinking of the populace.

    Well noted.

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  10. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Finally politics taken for what it seriously is.. you cant trust it… it always breaks its promises… so you maswell vote for the humor seriously… free towels, a polar bear and a Disneyland?.. crack up… Bill and Ben missed the boat.

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  11. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    Just goes to show how much faith Icelanders have lost in their political masters?

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  12. Murray (8,845 comments) says:

    Anyone can promise you free shit, bugger people all can deliver it and only by taking stuff away from other people first.

    Meanwhile the population displays why stupid people should be able to vote.

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  13. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    It is a political approach to the voters which has been successful elsewhere in the past though I cannot remember where and when.

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  14. real independent (30 comments) says:

    All this from the home of our modern parliamentary system. Iceland’s Althing paliament first convened around the year 1000AD, and this is the culmination of a millenium of democracy? Guess this is the Best possible outcome- boom,boom!

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  15. Murray (8,845 comments) says:

    More viking raids into Europe!!!!

    Whoo hoo, I’ll bring the popcorn.

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