After taking the piddle out of Iceland in my blog about their collapsing banks when the news broke back on 7th October, I do feel some sympathy for their situation. Especially as our banks are in crisis too.
However, to protect British interests by using anti-terrorism laws to freeze Icelandic bank assets in Britain, we may have ruined the Icelandic economy but it has been effective, according to Lord Paul Myners, the Financial Services Minister.
Meanwhile, Bjork wrote a piece for the Times this week that puts it all in context, particularly when she mentions that 1 in 10 Icelanders have signed a petition against our actions.
"I quote a petition signed by a tenth of the nation: ‘Gordon Brown unjustifiably used the Anti-Terrorism Act against the
people of Iceland for his own short-term political gain. This has
turned a grave situation into a national disaster…hour by hour and
day by day the actions of the British Government are indiscriminately
obliterating Icelandic interests.’"
I think you better advise mom not to go to Iceland right now.