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You look a lot less sharp than it was even two years ago

the island, the island of strong women. A pioneer in the fight against discrimination on all fronts. The first democratically elected female head of state in the world (1980). First openly lesbian Prime Minister (2009). And in the middle of it: the men of Iceland, pioneers of equal rights. The former foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, for example. "Why is the men in the Island, only so much equality?", he asked three years ago, in an Essay for the British "Guardian". Urgent, wrote Sveinsson, a "change of settings, the behavior and the obliteration of dangerous Stereotypes" in each Individual. If the Icelandic example of a show, then like this: "We men are not only part of the problem, we are also part of its solution."

Well. You don't know what he would have written Sveinsson, now a Deputy of the Opposition, today's wish: that the essay never? Or that he would have gone on that Tuesday in November, never in Reykjavik klaustur and boasts a Bar, in order to meet with five fellow opposition members of Parliament to the beer. For the exchange of other politicians, no, actually almost exclusively about politicians. The sound then to the harmless thus: "it is a pretty sweet girl." "They will, however, pretty. She looks much less sharp than it was even two years ago." – "And that's exactly why you slide down the list of candidates." – "Normal."

Obscene and vile

Ex-foreign Minister Sveinsson is one of those who are here to listen to another one of the former Icelandic Prime Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, two years ago, plunged through the Panama Papers, today Chairman of the centre party. How do you know the conversation up to the last Detail? Because in the Bar, someone sat. A guest took on his cell phone of each word and the recording under the Pseudonym Marvin media leaked.

Sees no reason for a resignation from Parliament: The former Icelandic Premier Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson. (Photo: Halldor Kolbeins (AFP)

The shock of the Icelanders is not surprising. The conversation takes an obscene vile history in its dramatic Allusions against women, homosexuals and the disabled. Some of your sleazy fantasies concerning attractive policy fellow run free, Sveinsson you hear how he mocked a colleague who had gone in the Wake of the #MeToo movement to the Public.

The web portal "Nútíminn" made generous use of words such as "bitch" or "cunt," a Quiz to the network, wherein the user had to guess whether the quotes are now assigned to Gangster rappers or the above-mentioned politicians. The city theatre was in front of a Packed Auditorium in the wind, a dramatized Version of the pub round to the stage. The President of the Parliament apologized to women, the disabled and members of the LGBT community for his colleagues, and during a Demonstration called for more than a thousand people demanding the resignation of the parliamentarians.

"I experience it as real abuse. The perpetrators of violence" Lilja Alfredsdóttir
Minister of culture

last week, Minister of culture Lilja Alfredsdóttir, which had been in the pub, especially with plenty of profanity wisely said. "I experience it as real abuse. The perpetrators of violence," she said on the Radio. The company should not be of such politicians. "I'm here for the daughters and the mothers of this country."

special indignation caused by the way the beer ausgoss round of ridicule and mockery about Freyja Haraldsdóttir, a well-known activist and Ex-parliamentarian, who suffers from brittle bone disease and, therefore, confined to a wheelchair. The Ex-Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson and three other centre party members of Parliament sought after in an apology. "We never wanted to hurt anyone", they wrote. And: "We want to learn from it." Gunnlaugsson called Freyja Haraldsdóttir itself, which was disappointed after the phone call, however, is rather: "to explain An apology, in the attempt, and to lie about what Happened, that is no excuse."


Until today, none of the six participants of the round came back. The ethics Committee of Parliament has begun an investigation. Gunnlaugsson said he see no reason to withdraw. It was part of the political business, collaborate with colleagues, and asserted an ugly things: "Some of my colleagues have said nastier things about me than I've done in these conversations about others." The Ex-Premier had previously said that it was actually Bad to the affair, that you would be tapped as the Icelandic politicians now, you must be wondering who to put as well behind it.

Now, the mysterious Marvin – the source of the recording – his identity is revealed: Marvin means, in reality, Bára Halldórsdóttir and is 42 years old. She has a son, a wife, a dog and two cats. She was on the way to friends, as you did in the Bar a coffee break. "I thought, I don't trust my ears," says Halldórsdóttir. You pulled your phone out of your pocket and cut three long hours. As the parliamentarians stood up and paid for, heard you, as one of the group, she noticed, and wondered if she were a tourist.

it is not. Bára Halldórsdóttir's Icelandic colleague, she is a woman, she is a lesbian, and she is disabled. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 11.12.2018, 09:57 PM

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