Gunnar Smári Egilsson, who quit as editor of the weekly Fréttatíminn newspaper last week, has launched the new Icelandic Socialist Party.
The new party has already opened for new members and its goal, according to its new website, is for a “society of freedom, equality, integrity and compassion.”
Gunnar Smári first announced his grand political vision on Facebook yesterday—where he wrote that the party will not formally open for business until May 1st, international Labor Day. RÚV reports that there are no details yet as to whether the party plans to stand at the next local elections, or if it is waiting until the general election in three years’ time.
The Socialist Party plans to become the political ally of working people, and everyone in Iceland who lives with shortage, feels invisible, or helpless. “The opposition of the Icelandic Socialist Party are the wealthy patriarchy and those who do their bidding.”
Gunnar Smári is personally the registered owner of the party’s website, according to public record, which was created on March 23.
As well as being a successful newspaper editor, Gunnar Smári has courted political controversy before, when he publicized the idea three years ago of Iceland voluntarily giving up sovereignty and becoming a county within Norway. The idea generated heated discussion and there were plans at the time to create a political movement in favor of the idea.