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Iceland bloggers react to crisis

Four bloggers from Iceland give their reaction to the news that the country's coalition government has collapsed over the escalating economic crisis.

BJORN INGI HRAFNSSON

Now the blame-game will start, where the political parties compete in blaming each other. That war started live on air earlier when the prime minister said that Samfylkingin [the Social Democrats] was in tatters, and Arni Pall Arnason, the MP for Samfylkingin, said the Conservatives were in cahoots with terrorist gangs.

So there will be fun in the coming days.

Meanwhile homes and businesses will continue to bleed money.

http://blogg.visir.is/markadurinn/?vi=1113#post-1113

BALDVIN JONSSON

Congratulations dear Icelanders - now the seeds of New Iceland have been sown.

This is very good news, although it's clear that very few Conservative party members agree with me.

Dear leaders, now is the time to take action and prove your willingness to improve the situation. Resign and let educated specialists take over
Baldvin Jonsson

This government should have resigned four months ago instead of staying on...

Any idea of a government of national unity that [Prime Minister] Geir Haarde is advocating is built on a delusion by the Conservatives that they are a big party and popular with the nation.

He says of course that the country's biggest political party should lead such a government.

But, dear leaders, now is the time to take action and prove your willingness to improve the situation. Resign and let educated specialists take over.

The demand is for an emergency government of experts until there is an election.

This situation cannot go on and now we need organised and fruitful work in the next week and you [the leaders] have ALL shown that you are not the people to do it.

But dear Icelanders, a new day is dawning. Hope increases with each day... The protests have given us results, much more than any leader will ever admit.

All our issues, bar one, have been met. Now we won't have to wait too long before David [Oddsson, governor of the central bank] will be thrown out by prospective new leaders.

http://baldvinj.blog.is/blog/baldvinj/entry/784852/

EYTHOR ARNALDS
Now this government has fallen. This is not surprising - but it is nonetheless big news all over the world.

Now we have to see where we are heading, since this is the beginning of a strange process and nobody knows how it will end.

Elections will put a lot of pressure on parliamentarians and those that will sit in government for the next few weeks and months.

For exactly those reasons an attempt is made to hold elections only every four years instead of, for example, in Italy where they've had one government per year.

Political stability has now gone, leaving us with no economic or political stability in Iceland.

It's astonishing that politicians can't agree on helping companies and homes
Hinrik Fjeldsted

That is not good for Iceland's image abroad, and will delay our reconstruction work.

Hopefully politicians will rise from the trenches sooner rather than later and not let party politics take over.

A government of national unity is probably the best option since the health of the nation is now at stake.

http://ea.blog.is/blog/ea/

HINRIK FJELDSTED

Now this is over. The Conservative party does not want to get rid of the central bank board.

Maybe it's good for the Conservatives to stand back and gather strength.

They need to rethink where they are heading.... Now the parties are blaming each other for everything... It's astonishing that politicians can't agree on helping companies and homes.

It says everything about current party politics.

http://hinrikfjeldsted.blog.is/blog/hinrikfjeldsted/



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