Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, speaking candidly with his supporters, warned them that the opposition are “brazen liars” and sore losers.
RÚV reports that the Prime Minister met with the Progressive Party’s central committee over the weekend in preparation for the party’s household debt relief proposal, to be introduced in the coming week.
Sigmundur warned those present that the opposition could be expected to lie about the contents of the proposal, saying:
“The reason why I’m confirming this is because I have seen in the past months that this new opposition, who are so terribly bitter over the results of the previous election, cannot accept reality. This is why they are not shy, even brazen, about plainly lying. We have run into this again and again.”
However, he told supporters, there is no reason to worry, “Because we know our message is right, our position is right, and these are things which need to be done” – without specifying what those “things” are.
His warning comes in the wake of criticism from the Central Bank that, if the government means to pay down household debt by printing more money, this would be “the safest way to ensure that the national credit rating goes straight to [a] junk [rating]”. The Prime Minister accused the Central Bank of being politically motivated in their criticism.