In his response to the Prime Minister’s policy address yesterday, Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, leader of the Left Green Party, criticized the war in Iraq and the heavy industry policy of the current government. Morgunbladid reports that Steingrímur said that it was interesting that individuals and institutions as diverse as Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, and the Church of England have apologized for the war in Iraq.
He said that it was probably too late to expect an apology from former Minister of Foreign Affairs Davíd Oddsson but Halldór Ásgrímsson [Prime Minister] was “still around”. “The question is whether he is big enough to admit his mistakes and apologize,” said Steingrímur.
Steingrímur criticized the Prime Minister for not mentioning the fishing industry lay offs, difficulties in the travel industry, bankruptcy of a ship building company in Akureyri, and difficulties in the shipping industry in his speech.
Steingrímur warned against further heavy industry projects in Iceland which he said were planned by the Minister of Industry and Commerce.