Monday, July 19, 2010

Iceland's Best Party = the best political party

This month's Harper's magazine has a translation of the platform of Iceland's Best Party, the satirical protest group that surprisingly won 34% of the vote in the spring elections, giving the mayorship of Reykjavik to comedian Jon Gnarr.


"Our policies are the best policies.

Establish equality. Everyone deserves the best, regardless of who they are and where they come from. We will do our best for everyone so that everyone can be together on the best team.

Stop corruption. We promise to stop corruption. We’ll accomplish this by participating in it openly.

Improve the lot of those who are less able to help themselves. We want the best of everything for this bunch and therefore offer free access to buses and swimming pools so you can travel around Reykjav√≠k and be clean even if you’re poor or there’s something wrong with you.

Free bus service for students and cripples. We can offer more free things than any other party because we aren’t going to follow through with it. We could say whatever we want—for example, free flights for women or free cars for people who live in rural areas. It’s all the same.

Free dental care for children and cripples. This is something that is lacking, and we definitely want to take part in promising it.

Free access to swimming pools for everyone and free towels. This is something that everyone should fall for, and it’s the election promise we’re most proud of.

Listen more to women and old people. This bunch gets listened to far too little. It’s as if everyone thinks they are just complaining or something. We’re going to change that.

make those who are responsible for the economic collapse answer the charges. Felt we had to include this."

Now that's a political party that sounds like the best! Who wouldn't support those policies? Even if they admittedly don't mean them, they should still win, because they are the best.

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