"As if the government wasn't in enough trouble with public opinion here at home, Prime Minister Johanna Sigur√degreesard√≥ttir has publicly announced that she plans to shun the referendum tomorrow.
'To me it is pointless and I find it is very sad that the first
referendum since the founding of the republic revolves around
legislation that is already obsolete. Consequently I see no point in
taking part in this referendum,' (said Iceland's Prime Minister). alda March 5, 2010
"According to numbers, 1.5 % percent have said yes to the agreement
to pay Icesave, but 93.6 say not to that. But this does not change
anything. The Prime minister and finance minister say that there is a
new deal on the table. Iceland's President says that a Referendum makes
the democracy stronger. The outcome of the referendum does not have any
affect on the government in Iceland." Halldor Sigurdsson, Mar 7
Economic Disaster Area - National Referendum - A Sad Day for Democracy in Iceland
"Tomorrow is the first national referendum Icelandic citizens have been allowed to participate in by the political elite since the conception of the republic in 1944. By all measures, this should be a happy day for democracy in Iceland.
"But instead it is not a cause for celebration but a large milestone in the farcical power play which has taken place between the four largest political movements in Iceland since 1944.
"Yes, a farce.'Isn"t that what this whole thing really is', asked a
Dutch journalist yesterday after surveying the scene? It is a sad day.'
March 5 @ Dadi
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