Last night Al Jazeera broadcast a live half hour interview with our Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
He was sharp, answered all questions perfectly. Yes he made me proud. His (Oxford) English was perfect.
It is like he is made for Skype interviews. At the right moment, he looked straight into the camera on his computer, made eye contact with millions of viewers, interested in how he had almost single handedly saved Iceland from financial meltdown.
He told us, that the savior was the ISK, the Icelandic króna.
After the interview, my wife called me from the continent. She had seen the interview and the first thing she said: “Has Sigmundur Davíð dyed his hair a little reddish? I do not trust men who dye their hair.”
Maybe the television she watched Sigmundur Davíð on needed color correction.
But just before the interview, RÚV, the state broadcaster, published a poll.
In the one hundred days since the formation of the coalition government, the Independence Party has gained 1 percent.
The Progressive Party, the party of Sigmundur Davíð, has lost one third of its voters.
But he is a chameleon, he will turn the tide. In the coming weeks, the party will get a new minister for the environment: Vigdís Hauksdóttir.
She is a woman of steel.
A country girl, who knows the Icelandic nature better than any parliamentarian—dead or alive.
Páll Stefánsson - firstname.lastname@example.org