Icelandic coalition MP wants Best Party in Althingi

Gudfridur Lilja Gretarsdottir, an Icelandic MP for the Left Green Movement, says she wants Reykjavik mayor Jon Gnarr’s Best Party to run for the national parliament.

The remark from Gretarsdottir was published in an in-depth article about the Best Party in The Guardian newspaper, from the UK.

The Guardian journalist Ian Birrell was in Iceland on Independence Day this last Friday and was able to interview Jon Gnarr and others from the Best Party. He describes the establishment of the Best Party as an interesting social experiment, where traditional politics were thrown out and the anger of people and their dissatisfaction with the traditional party system found a way to be vented.

In the interview Gnarr said, “I just love fucking with narrow-minded people who take themselves too seriously. I really like to irritate arrogant people, all those authoritarian people who want to control what we say and do.”

The Guardian article covers so-called Gnarrism as a form of politics for people who are against politics. The newspaper reports that the movement is gaining traction overseas and the Best Party is busy travelling to places like Austria, France and Ireland to introduce itself and what it stands for — although it is apparently sometimes tricky to translate the Icelandic black humour for foreign audiences.

One of the most interesting parts of the article proved to be Gudridur Lilja Gretarsdottir, the Left Green MP, openly encouraging the Best Party to run in the next national election, reports. “We needed something to shake up the system, since it’s so corrupt,” she said. “Who knows if this experiment will work, but at least there is hope of change in Iceland. Without [this party], there would be none.”