Yesterday, the opposition repeatedly asked Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to discuss the indexation of loans, but to no avail, Vísir reports. The opposition suggested a change to the scheduled program in Alþingi yesterday so the matter could be discussed. The abolishment of indexed loans was one of the prime minister’s election promises, but nothing has so far been done to put an end to them.
Members of the governing parties accused the opposition of wasting valuable time arguing about the time schedule.
MP Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, Social Democratic Alliance, requested a special discussion of the matter with the prime minister as early as February this year, but Sigmundur has so far refused to discuss the matter. The opposition has repeatedly asked for the matter to be discussed.
Sigmundur explained his position on RÚV by saying the matter was now in the hands of Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, but after the election, he had indicated that doing away with the indexation of loans was among the prerequisites for forming a government with the Independence Party.
MP Helgi Hjörvar, Social Democratic Alliance, said, “It wasn’t Bjarni Benediktsson, but Sigmundur Davíð who promised abolishing the indexation and that’s why he must answer for it here in Alþingi.”
Pirate Party MP Björn Leví Gunnarsson’s method of staring at the prime minister for 15 seconds, hoping for a response, failed completely.
MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir, Progressive Party, scolded the opposition for requesting the change in the schedule: “How can you cooperate with people like that who keep breaking their promises?”
According to Fréttablaðið, MP Árni Páll Árnason, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, does not believe the prime minister is interested in talking to members of parliament: “All he has the courage to talk about in parliament regarding the ministry is the flag, the coat of arms and the national anthem.”
Sigmundur responded to the opposition’s criticism on his Facebook page recently by saying it has become standard “to start the day with an abundant dose of nonsense.”
In the end, the motion to change Alþingi’s schedule to make room for the discussion failed to pass because of opposition by MPs of the governing parties.