One of the questions we asked every party currently polling high enough to win seats in Parliament this election year who they could see themselves partnering with in a coalition. All of them answered, but some have a better shot at having a chance at forming a government than others. What are our options?
Coalition 1: Independence Party & Pirate Party
A.k.a. “Bitcoin Libertarian Shitstorm”
Why: They’ve been in the polls’ upper levels for months, though they are starting to tumble.
Why not: The Independence Party might not be commenting on any party, but the Pirates consider this possible set-up “highly unlikely”.
Estimated shelf life: As soon as anyone mentions the constitution.
Coalition 2: Pirates, Social Democrats & the Left-Greens
A.k.a. “Good Night Right Side”
Why: All of them show affinity for working together, would easily hold a majority.
Why not: Four years of endless conservative bragging transforms into four years of endless conservative whining. Plus people are allergic to three-party coalitions.
Estimated shelf life: One year, culminating in a massive conservative demonstration that ends badly; broken champagne bottles and lobster tails littering Austurvöllur. Or four years.
Coalition 3: Independence Party & Progressive Party
A.k.a. “Surprise Motherfuckers”
Why: Not like it’s never happened before.
Why not: Highly unlikely this time around to happen in most possible universes.
Estimated shelf life: Over before it began.
Coalition 4: Everybody
Why: It’s 63 people. I mean come on.
Why not: Likely to form bar room coalitions anyway.
Estimated shelf life: One parliamentary session, followed by everyone going home and never coming back.
Illustrations by Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir