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Former Foreign Minister Tells Party She Failed

By Iceland Review

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, who was in office at the time of the banking collapse in October 2008, spoke unexpectedly during a Social Democrat caucus on Saturday, saying that she failed herself, her party and voters.

Former Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“When I look back over the period 2007 to 2009 I don’t do it with pride. On the contrary, I believe that many things went wrong with the policy and work of the Social Democrats,” Gísladóttir said, according to Fréttabladid.

She said she had led the party into a coalition which couldn’t have dealt with a financial system “which we knew was based on political corruption where the separation between politics and administration was long gone. Under such circumstances, accidents are waiting to happen.”

Gísladóttir added that she had been incredibly relieved when she learned that the Special Investigative Commission had not found her guilty of negligence in office. “I am responsible for myself and to myself. I am responsible for the party and to the party. And I am responsible to the party’s voters.”

Prime Minister and Social Democrats chair Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said during the caucus that the party had been infected by the ideology of the neoliberalism through the Blair approach, an attempt to connect the social democrat standpoint with the driving forces of the market.

“The mix of the employment market, politics and administration has proven to be the major fault in our small society,” the PM commented. She also said that the Social Democrats, as part of the coalition, could have softened the blow of the banking collapse, although the party cannot be held responsible for the root of the problem.

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