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Storm in Teacup Over Ladies’ Crockery

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Storm in Teacup Over Ladies’ Crockery

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The municipal council in Skeiða og Gnúpverjahreppur (South Iceland, population 611) has caused local uproar by voting to buy some crockery.

At its meeting yesterday, the council voted in favor of buying tableware and cupboards from the local women’s association for ISK 1.7 million (EUR 14,290/USD 15,170). The Association had been trying to sell the items for ISK 2.6 million. The opposition minority on the small council say they don’t see why the municipality should be investing money in crockery.

The motion was passed, however, with three votes against two, and no abstentions or absences, RÚV reports.

Opposition councilor Gunnar Örn Marteinsson says the decision was incorrect, because catering is hardly an activity the municipality should be involved in.

He believes the existing tableware at the local community center is plenty enough already. “It sounds a bit special to need to buy tableware from the Women’s Association that the Association can be expected to carry on using in its fundraising,” he said.

The Kvennafélagið Skeiðamanna women’s association will be 110 years old in 2018 and is an integral part of community life. The question is: did the council need to spend taxpayers’ money on its plates and saucers?

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