Jim Jay reports that Iceland’s new coalition government has planned to increase whaling quotas. A few weeks ago, the radical left-Green movement joined the Social Democratic party in a new coalition government.
Jim laments that it is the Left-Green Chairman Steingrímur Jóhann Sigfússon who, as minister of Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has instituted plans to increase whaling quotas. Personally I think this is an excellent move. Masses of Icelanders are currently faced with the loss of their livelihoods, in a country which is essentially bankrupt. Ameliorating the situation facings these human beings must surely take priority over our feelings for such an absurd and overly voluminous creature as the whale. And surely there is something good to be said about the reorientation of the Icelandic economy from finance and banking towards the production of goods actually capable of satisfing human wants.