The members of parliament who spoke the most and the least have been announced, and as per usual, the differences between the opposition and the ruling coalition are distinct.
For the previous parliamentary year, 167 sessions were held lasting a total of about 800 hours.
Of those hours, the conservatives dominated. Coming out on the number one spot was Pétur H. Blöndal from the Independence Party. He spoke a total of 35 hours, in the form of 194 speeches and 636 comments.
In the second and third position were two other conservatives: Ásbjörn Óttarsson (28 hours) and Birgir Ármannsson (23 hours). In fact, the entire top ten is comprised of conservatives, with the exception of two Progressives.
Meanwhile, among those who spoke the least, Leftist-Green MP Þráinn Bertelsson led the pack, being the only member of parliament who clocked in at less than two hours behind the podium, at 109 minutes. Among the top ten MPs who spoke the least, they are almost all comprised of members of the ruling coalition, with the exception of Birgitta Jónsdóttir of The Movement.
Reacting to the news on Facebook, Þráinn said, “A question of quantity or quality,” believing that many MPs waste parliament’s time and show voters disrespect with “poorly-thought blather.”