Björt Framtíð: “Not A Branch Of The Social Democrats”

Published January 4, 2013

As a relatively new party – Björt Framtíð – is currently poll strong enough to win nine seats, their chairperson clarifies the party’s platform.
As reported, Björt Framtíð (Bright Future), which was formed just over a year ago, is currently polling at 12.3%. This is equal to nine seats in parliament and, with elections just a few months away, many supporters are optimistic.
However, their platform remains a matter of dispute. They are officially the sister party of the Best Party, but chairperson Guðmundur Steingrímsson has emphasised the party has its own platform. In December 2011, he described this platform as that of “a liberal, internationalist, green centrist party”, saying they want “a green economic system that creates plenty of jobs, a good education and health care system, productive and sustainable use of our resources, a continuous economy, fearless cooperation with other nations, perspective, democracy, liberalism, peace and compassion.”
Vísir spoke to Guðmundur and asked him if Björt Framtíð was just a branch of the Social Democrats. This he denied, describing the party’s platform in this way:
“We share our EU policy in common with the Social Democrats. Environmental matters we have more in common with the Leftist-Greens. We also have a strong interest in a free market, and the freedom of the individual to do their best in the labour market. That we share with the Independence Party.”
Guðmundur has belonged to the centre-left Social Democrats and the centre-right Progressives at different points, belonging to the latter before leaving the party to form Björt Framtíð.



News
President Undecided If He Will Run, People Undecided Who To Vote For

President Undecided If He Will Run, People Undecided Who To Vote For

by

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson says he is undecided if we will run again, while most Icelanders are still undecided on

News
Humpback Whale Rocks The Boat – VIDEO

Humpback Whale Rocks The Boat – VIDEO

by

Some prospective whale watchers were met with a close encounter that, while momentarily scary, left no one harmed. RÚV reports

News
Moss Used As Camping Insulation

Moss Used As Camping Insulation

by

Rangers at Þingvellir National Park discovered yesterday, to their dismay, that campers had ripped up slow-growing moss to insulate their

News
20% Of Reykjavík Police Are Women

20% Of Reykjavík Police Are Women

by

About 20% of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s force are women – almost twice the percentage of U.S. police, and a

News
Safety Of Tourists Must Be Improved

Safety Of Tourists Must Be Improved

by

A leading figure in Iceland’s tourism industry believes it “very important” to increase the safety and security of tourists at

News
Foreign Minister Backpedals On Whaling Position

Foreign Minister Backpedals On Whaling Position

by

Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson appears to be of two minds when it comes to Iceland’s whaling practices. Gunnar Bragi

Show Me More!