Ann Pettifor

Iceland

A fair deal for Iceland

8th January, 2009 This piece appeared on the Guardian’s Comment site: “Today the people of Iceland, a country whose population, at 317,000, is somewhat smaller than Leicester’s, are required by the British political, financial and economic establishment to carry the full burden of the losses suffered by Landsbanki’s depositor programme Icesave. We consider this to …

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A tale of two presidents

5th January, 2010 Sorry about the delay in posting, but this is my latest blog for the Huffington Post. “One is president of a country of about 300,000 people — Iceland — a country about the size of Virginia, President Olafur R. Grimsson. The second is president of a country of about 300,000,000 people, the …

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Unjust for Iceland to Take Sole Responsibility

7th January 2010, Read Ann Pettifor and Jeremy Smith’s letter on why Iceland must NOT repay the debt in the FT today: ” Sir, The president of Iceland’s refusal to approve repayment to the British and Dutch governments should be welcomed (January 5). The pause gives the Anglo-Dutch governments an opportunity to withdraw their demand …

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A good president

5th  January, 2010. The latest news from Iceland, as reported in the Guardian today: ” The president of Iceland has refused to sign a bill to repay more than €3.8bn (£3.4bn) to Britain and the Netherlands following the collapse of the country’s Icesave bank in 2008. Olafur Grimsson threw the long-running issue into fresh uncertainty …

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Iceland – a country of proud, indebted people

Ann Pettifor – 12th May 2009 Have just returned from a flying visit to Iceland, where I was mightily impressed by the warmth and strength of the Icelandic character. Also struck by the pride Icelanders have in the way the financial crisis deepened and strengthened their democracy – leading to the ousting of a corrupt …

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