The Icelandic comic has the last laugh

Jon Gnarr is an Icelandic comic. In late 2009 he started a political party – The Best Party – as a satire on Icelandic politics. In this month’s municpal elections in Reykjavik his party emerged the largest (with 6 of the 15 seats) and he is now Mayor. This was his campaign video:

I’m not sure how he’s getting on with some of those election promises….

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  • I particularly like that it seems easier, in his speech, to deliver Disneyland than a drug-free parliament.

  • Patrick Smith 19th Jun '10 - 9:46am

    I am certain some of this would resonate with our voters–a drug free parliament by 2020 (clearly no hurry for this one),free towels in all the swimming pools,tollbooths on the borders, a new Disneyland for the kids!!

    Are you sure this was not the Labour Party`s last Manifesto?

    Or let`s make this guy the new manager of the England Football Team? Only joking on this one Capello can deliver!

  • A comedian becomes the unlikely mayor of his capital city with a manifesto full of quirky, headline grabbing policies … it could never happen here.

  • Paul McKeown 19th Jun '10 - 5:57pm

    Interesting the number of English language loan words in use; must be hip and fashionable. The toll-booths were on the border with a neighbouring town, bit like London charging people from Watford or Slough for the right of entry! Unfortunately in the UK, the lurking threat to keep British politics on the straight and narrow is a much uglier phenomenon. If the mainstream politicians f*ck up in a major fashion, it will not be an intelligent eccentric running a smart media campaign that profits, it will be the fascists.

  • I liked the bit about “do away with all debt….” Does that mean they are going to pay back those millions that Haringey entrusted to them? We should have asked the Danes ,their neighbours for centuries: they wouldn’t trust them with a single krone.

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