Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Icelandic Revolutionary Hordur Torfason Tours NZ Mar. '13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19TH December 2012

Hordur Torfason, the Man Who Initiated Iceland’s Massive Political And Economic Overhaul is Coming to New Zealand in March 2013

Top economists are now saying Iceland is showing the way: While many places have bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net.

Nobel prize-winning economist Joe Stiglitz notes: “What Iceland did was right. It would have been wrong to burden future generations with the mistakes of the financial system.”

On Oct. 11, 2008, five days after Iceland’s financial crash, Hörður Torfason planted himself outside the parliament building in Reykjavik and started putting questions to the people who passed by. Every day for a week he stood in the same spot and asked the people two questions. The first, “Do you know what has happened in this country?” The second, “Do you have any ideas about what we can do about it?”

By gauging opinion on the streets, he devised several demands which reflected the people’s immediate wishes and ultimately resulted in:

1. Resignation of the whole government.
2. Nationalization of the bank.
3. Referendum so that the people can make economic decisions.
4. Incarcerating the responsible parties.
5. Rewriting of the constitution by its people via Twitter and Facebook etc

All of this was accomplished peacefully.

A democracy advocate, currently lecturing on meta modern democracy in Europe, Hordur Torfason’s New Zealand visit is being financed in the most democratic way – through PledgeMe.co.nz

With a target of $20,000 for international and domestic flights, marketing, venue hire, accommodation etc, the public can pledge any amount above $5 to provide free entry for all to his talks. https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/691

“People should view the pledge as being an alternative to buying a ticket to hear him speak,” says organiser Sian Clement. Only 1000 people need to pledge $20 to bring him here and then people from all walks of life can hear what he has to say. New Zealand was once a leader in democracy worldwide, it’s time for a refresher course!”

Torfason will be speaking in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. Tour information will be added to the facebook site www.facebook.com/HordurTorfasonNZTour .

* * *

For further information please contact: Sian Clement - sianeclement@gmail.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news