A Grapevine service announcement Take note: Holiday Opening Hours

Young Leftist-Green Proposes State Food Programme

Published March 8, 2011

A member of the youth branch of the Leftist-Green Party has proposed that the state enact a monopoly on the sale of food in Iceland.
Sindri Geir Óskarsson, chairman of the Young Leftist-Greens in Akureyri, put forward the idea in an article he wrote for the group’s website. Entitled “One nation – one government – one grocery store”, he proposes that the Icelandic government enact a “food monopoly”. Similar in principal to the sale of alcohol in Iceland, the government would be the owners of the country’s grocery stores. But the idea goes farther than that.
Sindri Geir proposes that a seven-person “shop committee” be established with the sole purpose of accepting suggestions from the general public, becoming themselves consumer representatives. The members of this committee would be voted into office every other year, and a quota system would be in place with regards to the sex of the committee members, as well as where in the country they live.
He goes on to say that with a government monopoly of grocery stores, the state will be able to have even greater influence on the eating habits of Icelanders, which Sindri Geir describes as “rather unhealthy”, pointing out the cheap availability of candy and energy drinks.
However, he also believes the result will be cheaper food for Icelanders, as it will be possible to lower import tariffs on foodstuffs and, with no middle-man, drastically reduce the mark-up on goods sold in stores. In particular, he proposes, the government could arrange prices to lower the costs of healthy foods at the level of or even below junk food.
For the moment there is no legislation submitted to parliament which bears this proposal.



News
Kertasníkir Sends Sour Grapes Letter

Kertasníkir Sends Sour Grapes Letter

by

Dear Grapevine, I’m writing in regards to an article I read in your last issue. You recommended candles from Tiger. “Cheap and colourful,” you said and I just wanted to say thanks for lying to me, assholes. I went to Tiger and bought those candles, OK, I stole them, and they tasted terrible. Disgusting even. You know, you guys used to be a legitimate news source. Your standards are not at all what they used to be. I’m really struggling to see how you are making any ethical or professional efforts with your paper, especially since you’re spouting lies and

News
Salvation Army Offering Asylum Seekers Christmas Dinner

Salvation Army Offering Asylum Seekers Christmas Dinner

by

Tonight the Salvation Army in Iceland will be making Christmas Eve dinner for asylum seekers and no one leaves empty-handed as gifts for all have been secured, reports RÚV. The meal is open to all, regardless of their religious beliefs, and Muslims, Christians and Jewish asylum seekers are expected at the meal, even if their mind’s weigh heavy with other concerns. Adam Ibrahim Pasha, an Iraqi Jew who has been fighting for asylum in Iceland after fleeing Iraq because of religious persecution says he misses his wife this time of year – after all, the final day of Hanukkah is

News
Lampedusa Survivor Wrongfully Imprisoned, Says High Court

Lampedusa Survivor Wrongfully Imprisoned, Says High Court

by

On Tuesday, the High Court ruled in favor of Ethiopian citizen Firaol Taresa against the Capital Area Police, releasing Taresa from custody until his imminent eviction to Italy. This was reported by RÚV. Taresa, reportedly a survivor of the 2013 Lampedusa shipwreck, applied for asylum in Iceland last January. His application was dismissed, as were his subsequent appeals, meaning that he awaits eviction back to Italy. As Taresa started a hunger strike in protest, he was placed in custody, to ensure his eviction. Since there was no indication of criminal intent or a prior criminal record, the High Court ruled

News
Siggi Hacker Sentenced To Two Years

Siggi Hacker Sentenced To Two Years

by

Reykjanes District Court has handed Sigurður Ingi Þórðarson, also known as “Siggi Hacker,” a two year prison sentence for fraud. In all Sigurður admitted guilt to embezzling, defrauding and stealing about 30 million ISK, reports MBL. As reported, Sigurður faced a total of 18 counts of charges, ranging from funnelling millions into a private bank account from Wikileaks to using the accounts of companies to which he did not belong to buy everything from laptops to fast food. Sigurður was volunteering for Wikileaks at the time and was funnelling money from Wikileaks donations into his private bank account. The embezzlement

News
Twelve Horses Found Dead In Ice-Covered Pond

Twelve Horses Found Dead In Ice-Covered Pond

by

On Sunday, twelve horses were found dead, beneath the ice in the pond Bessastaðatjörn, close to the President’s residence at Bessastaðir, Álftanes. At some point during the past week, the horses have walked onto the ice, possibly in look for shelter from a storm. The ice broke, not far from land. This was reported by Vísir and RÚV. Having heard of the lost horses, the Coast Guard decided to fly over the area, on helicopter. Since the news broke, the Coast Guard has emphasised that they did not participate in an organised search and that the area was merely added

News
Ketkrókur Sets House On Fire Trying To Smoke Meat

Ketkrókur Sets House On Fire Trying To Smoke Meat

by

Twelfth Yule Lad Ketkrókur, Meat Hook, accidentally set a house on fire in Vesturbær last night after attempting to smoke meat in a person’s home. The capital’s Fire and Rescue squad responded quickly, limiting the damage to the kitchen. “Well I just walked into the kitchen, and there he was,” said the homeowner, Árni. “I asked him what the hell he was doing and I guess I must have startled him because before I knew it the kitchen curtains caught alight and the counter was on fire. Does insurance even cover Yule Lad damage?” According to Ketkrókur, as Icelanders have

Show Me More!