Regional Development Watch

Toward self-sustenance

We want

  • Self-sustaining Communities that Reap Benefits of Their Proximity to Natural Resources and a Fair Share of Their Profits

Our seaside villages are like oil rich nations that use coal for their energy needs. Fish is caught, processed and sold, but the communities don‘t come near the process of this wealth creation. They watch as others pocket the value of the fish catch. The villages have no claim to the fishing rights, which are bought and sold, often with serious consequences for the residents. One death, a divorce, or simply the decision of a single person can upend the economy on an entire community. The insecurity inherent in this situation hampers investments and population growth.
This must be changed so that communities enjoy a fixed share of the profits derived from their area’s natural resources.

  • Increased Self-Governance for Local Governments and Financial Authority in Their Own Affairs

A new and stronger system of local governments must be accompanied by demarcated income sources and self-governance authority, further to be determined by law by the communities themselves and the federal government. The goal is to strengthen democracy and work toward a balanced regional development policy.

  • Increased Coastal Fishing Rights and All Fish to Market

Coastal fishing research has shown that such fishing is environmentally friendly and a boon for seaside villages. Further, hook fishing does not seem to negatively affect fish stocks. We therefore believe coastal fishing should be increased considerably from what is currently allowed, at least by half, and review the results in two years.
We suggest:

  • 63 annual fishing days
  • Four jigging reels per boat
  • Each individual can only own one boat or a part of one boat
  • Natural resource fee – the same amount as for other fishing categories – paid when the fish is unloaded

We want all fish to market to ensure equal access and opportunities for fishermen and fish processing plants

  • Relaunch Coastal Sailing and Reduce Stress on Roads

Heavy goods transportation causes enormous road damage as well as increased accidents. We want to research what this is costing us and explore whether launching coastal sailing again would be more advantageous.

  • Tax Credits for Businesses That Set Up Operations in the Countryside

The difference between running a business in rural and urban areas is great, both because of population but also due to expenses related to resources and transportation. This difference can be corrected with tax credits – for the first three years, for example – for businesses that want to set up operations in rural areas. In many instances this could be a game changer, creating businesses that never would otherwise have seen the light of day. The government loses no income; on the contrary if anything.

  • Develop Iceland as the World’s Green, Pristine Travel Destination

Opportunities for tourism in Iceland will increase greatly in the coming years. It is necessary to protect the land against traffic and intrusion and price access in accordance with demand. Taxation must be moderate. Laws regarding land and land use must be written in accordance with the new Constitution and the public good.

  • Self-Sustainable, Competitive Agriculture

Our goal is a market-friendly agriculture that will satisfy domestic market demand. In some areas it already does, but not all. For example, we import most vegetables and fruits, because domestic greenhouse production is hampered by high electric energy prices. At the same time, the government sells electricity to foreign heavy industries at a price kept secret from the public. We want to direct future electricity production toward the domestic market and better utilize these resources for ourselves, including for greenhouse production, and create conditions for agriculture to keep up with domestic demand. Fewer middlemen, a simpler sale system, direct from farm, forestry, and wind energy production.

Culture Watch

We want

  • To Strengthen the Sciences, Arts, Education, and Culture

Education is the key to interesting, well paid jobs. Educational status greatly influences the financial status of individuals and communities. Good education provides access to the world’s cultural scene, opportunities to grow and enjoy life, and increased education stimulates job growth.
Employers cannot find enough workers educated in technical and industrial fields. Iceland’s expenditure on higher education is below the OECD average. Higher education returns more value to communities than other education levels. The Iceland Democratic Party therefore wants to reorganize and strengthen the higher education system.
Education enhances happiness, openness, and tolerance and gives life meaning. Strong cultural activities create job opportunities and added value for society.

  • Design Education to Fit Students’ Needs

Too many Icelandic school children suffer at school. There are more college dropouts in Iceland than in the neighboring countries. We must turn away from one-size-fit-all instruction and emphasize students’ individual strengths in accordance with their talents.

  • Increase School Autonomy and Diversity

Everyone must learn and be proficient in The Three Rs, reading, writing and arithmetic, and possess basic knowledge of civics and history. Public curriculum should be flexible and schools should have increased autonomy regarding curriculum organization and content. We want schools to train children in critical thinking and rhetoric to better prepare them for participation in a democratic society.

  • Guarantee Equal Access to Education

Basic education will be available for everyone, regardless of finances. The disabled must have improved access to education and assistance increased for students with delayed language skills. Special attention must be given to the needs of children of foreign descent.

  • Strengthen Adult Education, Continuing Education, and Job Training

The modern labor market is changing rapidly. Gone are the times when an individual worked for the same employer his or her whole life. Quality adult education, job training, and continuing education are necessary to meet the needs of individuals who have had to start new careers and learn new skills and technology.

Social Welfare Watch

We want

  • To Guarantee Everyone’s Right to Accessible Quality Health Care

in accordance with the provisions of the new Constitution, which guarantees all citizens access to health care regardless of finances.

  • Plan Health Care Policy for the Future

We must stop operating the system using temporary solutions. Forty percent of government expenditures are devoted to health care, and this ratio will only increase in the coming years. It is therefore vital that the government carefully evaluate priorities in accordance with need and efficiency.

  • Strengthen Basic Services and Increase Diversity

Thousands of Icelanders are without a primary care physician. The profession is shrinking and access to a primary care physician is increasingly problematic. Research here and elsewhere shows increased financial and health benefits when patients first visit their primary care provider. Experts agree that the first visit – to the primary care physician – is the most economic one. Danes and Norwegians have a long tradition of independent primary care. In the last few years Swedes have successfully offered physicians to contract with the government about their clinic operations. In 2001 Norwegians established a system where the government in cooperation with the Norwegian Medical Association that provided each and every Norwegian with a primary care physician. In 2008 Norwegians began measuring user satisfaction with the country’s public system, and for five consecutive years Norwegian primary care physicians have won top honors, in 2013 receiving 81 out of 100 possible points. We want to establish a system where all Icelanders have easy access to their primary care physician.

  • Smaller and More Humane Operating Units to Provide All-Round Basic Services for All Citizens in Their Communities

Current health care policy endeavors to direct the greatest number of patients into one place. We want to turn this around and rather send health care workers to patients’ home communities. This way, citizens can enjoy service in their own communities and health care workers have increased professional and residential choices.
Unused and underused buildings and technical equipment are found all over the country, and We want to utilize these assets. Less patient travel, fewer absences from work, and less transportation would save money.

  • Strengthen Prevention and Public Health

Preventing diseases and early detection increases quality of life and saves money. Patient education plays an important role, but citizens’ awareness of their own responsibility for their health is vital. Diet, exercise, and environmental awareness are key issues.

  • Construction of a New Landspítali be Held Off

In accordance with our policy to lessen the focus on centralized health care services we do not consider the building of a new high-tech hospital a priority. Landspítali, however, will continue in its role as the center of medicine in Iceland.

  • Protect Social Security and Services and Direct at Those in Need

For the social welfare net to hold permanently, it is necessary that the mesh be cut to size. There has to be room for those who are needy, but those who really don’t need the services cannot be allowed to get stuck in it. The Social Insurance system must be simplified and made more accessible to its clients. We also want to support home health care and consider appraising the contribution of a spouse caring for a sick partner at home.

  • Change Disability Evaluation Standards

The numbers of disabled individuals have grown in recent years, from 11,000 to 15,000 in 2010. We believe the reason is partly due to the fact that medical diagnosis alone is used to evaluate disability, instead of evaluating functional ability, which used to be the basis for determining disability.

  • Home Health Nursing and Elder Assistance be Prioritized

Everyone wants to stay at home as long as possible. Home Health or assistance is a considerably more economical choice than institutionalizing. Here the interests of service users and givers mesh. We should also consider that the nation is getting older fast. In 2010 31,000 Icelanders were 67 and older; this age group will number 42,000 in 2020 and 53,000 in 2030. Organizing this service for the future is an important health care priority.

  • Humane Long-term Institutionalization

Leaving one’s home for the last time to live life in an institution is one of life’s hardest steps. Such institutions should disturb daily life and routine as little as possible and guarantee privacy, access, and personal freedoms. Nursing home diversity is positive as long as it adds to available choices.

  • Secure Retirement Funds

Rebuilding the public trust in the pension system is vital. Pension funds must be governed professionally and transparently. Pension rights between the private and public sectors must be coordinated, and we must prevent pension funds from becoming a state within a state through their ownership of businesses. We want to democratize pension funds by having fund members democratically select its governors. Let’s not forget that pension funds are public property.

  • Abolition of Special Privileges

Pension fund rights of members of Parliament, ministers, Supreme Court judges, and the President of Iceland be reviewed to ensure that their rights are in line with those of other pensioners, so no one again unfairly gain from the system of discrimination and privileges.

Economic Watch

Sound Monetary Policies

We want

  • To Map the Country’s Real Economic Position

To know where to go you have to know where you are. The state of the national economy is uncertain, and therefore We want an independent assessment of the banks’ real situation, their assets and debts, the status of the state treasury, municipalities, households, and businesses. When that assessment is on the table, we can decide what to do, including how to come to terms with debt-enslaved families.

  • Pass Tough Laws on Bank Ownership and Safety that Will Subject Them to Strict Supervision

The banking system must be put on a sound footing by new laws Legislate clearly about banks safety, ownership, size, equity, cash, lending limits, writeoffs, debts, and loan payments. The law must clearly state the strict conditions bank owners must meet to prudently perform their roles. The botched privatization of the banks 1998-2003 demonstrates the need for due diligence when bank owners are selected and that the source money used to buy a bank be carefully investigated. Bank executive bonuses must be banned. We should consider getting a respected foreign bank to operate in Iceland, if possible, so that we have here, e.g., one domestic state bank like in Norway, in addition to two foreign banks.
We must prevent banks from gambling with deposits by raising fire walls between consumer banking and risky investment banking, or fully separate consumer banks and investment banks.
We must pass legislation clearly stating maximum lending limits, make strict transparency requirements, strengthen financial supervision and consumer protection to ensure healthy work procedures in the financial markets.
Lending limits are like speed limits that all consider essential to traffic safety. Banks cannot be permitted again to outgrow the capacity of the government to rein them in and to behave like a state within the state.

  • Protect the Public Against Hedge Funds; Loosen the “Overhang” to Revoke Currency Restrictions

Hedge funds don’t belong in banking. Banks are not supposed to be casinos. When our currency situation is clear, a way to remove the overhang (now ISK 400 billion owned by foreign creditors in the banks who want to move the money out of the country) must be found. If so much money is taken out of the country all at once, it is likely that the króna will fall with serious consequences for the purchasing power and asset position of Icelandic families. One way to avoid such devaluation is to negotiate a gradual settlement with creditors. Yet another is to tax these funds with a special “exit tax.” More ways are available to get rid of the hedge funds and escape the overhang but none of them is good.
The currency restrictions are a drag on the economy and must disappear; further they are in violation of Iceland’s EES obligations, except as an emergency measure. Adopting the Euro or another foreign currency instead of the króna can only be decided in a binding referendum.

Freedom with Responsibility

We want

Review of Government Finances to Rein in Expenditures and Taxes
Improvements in state finances can be brought about with reconstructive surgery rather than cutbacks. Single major projects must be carefully considered before they are begun. We must guard the welfare system and also look for efficient and diverse solutions. General taxation must be kept in check, but increasingly funds can be raised for public works by taxes, e.g. resource taxes and windfall taxes on financial speculation and profits due to events like currency devaluations. We need a focused plan regarding the allocation of resource taxes. Income tax rebates must be raised to help low-income workers. Interest on the public debt is a great burden that must be reduced. If oil is found within Icelandic borders, the planning model will be borrowed from Norway, not Nigeria.

  • Stable, Growing Economy and Efficient Division of Labor between Government and Private Enterprise

Strong monetary and fiscal management must focus on full employment, low inflation, and recapturing of the Nordic standard of living. We must create ideal conditions for domestic and foreign business investment, and as history has taught us, keep a lid on government expenditures and bank loans. Past mistakes in monetary policy call for better money management, rather than completely overturning the currency system. Ways must be found to utilize private enterprise and institutions working for the common good, e.g. in health care and education.

  • Self-Sustainable Economy, No Crony Capitalism!

Politics and business are an unhealthy mix. The government doesn’t belong in business and cannot discriminate or give preferential treatment to businesses and industries. Crony capitalism, where private enterprise snatches profits under the government’s hem and leaves the state with the losses should not exist. Strict rules must be written about the finances of political parties. Financial contributions of businesses to political parties must be revealed retroactively, like the Parliament’s Special Investigative Committee unveiled the banks’ financial contributions and loans to politicians and parties all the way up to the bank collapse, and strict rules must in the future govern such financial contributions in accordance with a new Constitution. The law must unequivocally ban and punish criminal conveyance.

  • Free Enterprise, Freedom with Responsibility

Free enterprise and free trade, foreign and domestic, are the foundation of a growing economy. Diverse export industries, including seed companies and tourism, must be provided with a strong foundation through an exchange rate policy consistent with a correct valuation of the króna without currency controls.

The Debt Crisis
Indexed Debt, Indebted Families

We want

  • To right the injustice that has been done to Icelandic families, by deflating the principal of indexed mortgage loans

  • Ensure that the housing loan system is in accordance with EES consumer protection rules that Iceland has ratified
  • Ensure equality between lenders and borrowers by reevaluation or abolition of the price indexation and bridge the generation gap
    Indexation of consumer loans was originally enacted in order to prevent the inordinate depreciation of savings because of long-term inflation. In reality, however, indexation has caused major problems, mainly:

  • When wages didn’t keep up with inflation, for example in 2008-2010, indexation caused consumer debts to grow faster than wages, causing great financial stress to thousands of families.
  • Because debts were tied to prices regardless of wages, borrowers have carried the bulk of the risk of loan agreements.
  • Many legal experts question the legality of indexation of mortgage and consumer loans, as it has been carried out in Iceland.

Using a new index that would prevent the occasional mismatch between wage and price increases from unfairly affecting consumers by automatically tying mortgage loan capital to the consumer price index during years when wages rise faster than prices and to wages during years when prices rise faster than wages. The goal is fair distribution of risk between lenders and borrowers so:

  • Borrowers are not harmed when the purchasing power of wages declines (e.g., 1989-90, 1992-94 and 2008-10, and around and after 1983);

  • Borrowers keep their own when purchasing power of wages increases;
  • Borrowers be given the option to have indexed loans retroactively recalculated based on a new index, e.g., from the bank collapse in 2008, to correct the injustice done to borrowers;
  • Under legislation that would protect borrowers against lenders and predatory lending practices, borrowers would be free to choose between loans based on the new index and on loans not tied to indexation:
  • Indexation of consumer and mortgage loans can be abolished as a general rule, as is the norm in neighboring countries.
  • Other ways are possible to reach this goal, for example basing mortgage loans on the Central Bank’s inflation target rather than the consumer price index.

The pros and cons of the various solutions and their cost must be carefully evaluated.
Measures must be taken to ensure real competition in the mortgage lending market to prevent lenders from charging excessive interest rates and fees and borrowers can easily refinance their loans when offered a better deal. To increase competition, the cost of transferring one’s business from one bank to another must be greatly reduced.
Debt is not only the borrower’s responsibility, but also the lender’s. No one should be made to carry a heavier debt load than he can bear.

Constitutional Watch

We want

  • Parliament to Pass the New Constitutional Law be Passed in Accordance with the Expressed and Unequivocal Will of Icelandic Voters in the October 20, 2012 Constitutional Referendum

The People are the source of the State’s power, and the nation must herself govern the country’s affairs with a new covenant with herself, the world, and coming generations.

How Iceland chose to draft a new Constitution has received worldwide attention. The process was open and transparent, and public participation was guaranteed throughout. First, a Constitutional Committee was appointed. The committee produced an elaborate and thorough report containing numerous proposals and other information. The committee organized a National Assembly where one thousand citizens, randomly selected from the National Registry, gathered to discuss their basic ideals, concepts, and desires for a new and better society. Subsequently, national Constitutional Convention elections were held, in which voters selected 25 delegates out of 522 candidates. Subsequently, incredibly, the Icelandic Supreme court voided the election on technical grounds, maintaining that someone, somewhere, somehow could possibly have committed election fraud, but offered no evidence to support that claim. The court’s decision was solely based on speculation. There was no doubt that the candidates with most votes were the ones voters had selected for the job. Following the court’s ruling, the parliament was free to appoint whomever it wanted for whatever committee it chose to draft a new constitution, and it selected the 25 delegates chosen by the voters, since there were no problems with either the preparation or execution of the election.
The Constitutional Council began its work in the spring of 2011 and delivered a complete draft after four months of work. The bill was sent to parliament on July 29, 2011. The Council reached a consensus; the bill was passed 25/0. The process was based on respectful and resolute discussions and the certainty that each article was improved by the input of experts and last but not least, the public.

Parliament sat on the matter for over a year but finally asked the nation to answer six questions about the bill, and on October 20, 2012 a national referendum was held for that purpose. Nearly one half of the country voted, which is a high participation rate for such elections. The conclusion was clear. The great majority of the nation wants a new constitution based on the proposals of the Constitutional Council.
The Iceland Democratic Party demands that the will of the nation be respected.

  • Public Ownership of National Resources, One Person One Vote, Corruption Free Public Office Appointments, and Public Access to Public Information (except in cases of national security)

Eighty-three percent of Constitutional Referendum voters declared their will that national resources be defined as national property.
The IDP supports one-person, one-vote – we unequivocally support the preamble to the new constitution that all citizens shall be equal. The national has spoken regarding this matter and wants changes to the election laws that reflect this stance.
The constitutional bill contains provisions that are meant to reduce corruption in appointments to public offices. The IDP will work against corruption, nepotism, and private-friendation.
The IDP wants transparency instead of secrecy. Too often the government has acted and legislated by hiding important information that could have shone a light on a corrupt process and prevented destructive, harmful undertakings.
The IDP bases its policies on the main tenets of the new constitution. We want to strengthen democracy and public participation in matters of national importance.

  • General Elections be Held as Soon as Possible in Accordance with New Election Laws

The IDP believes that following the ratification of the new constitution, general elections should be held as soon as possible and the nation allowed to elect a new parliament based on the new constitution and new laws. Thus we will have reached an important milestone in taking stock of the bank collapse and can with a clean slate begin the task of recreating a new society.

Human Rights Watch

We want

  • Equal Rights for Women and Men; Equal Pay for Equal Work

Equal pay for equal work is one of society’s most important issues. Despite fighting for decades we still have a long way to go. Part of the problem is that women’s work, especially traditional women’s work, is not valued. The working world is also gender-divided. Gender-based pay discrimination will not go away until we deal with these problems. Prejudiced traditional male and female ideals must be eradicated, especially in the media.

  • Research Implementation of Equal Rights Legislation

Guarantee that laws stipulating equal rights in public, parliament, and municipal committee and board appointments are followed. Support Research into the lives and work of women to discover their real status.

  • Teach Equal and Human Rights, Democracy, Critical Thinking

at all school levels. Ignorance breeds injustice and prejudice. Human and equal rights education, the basics of democracy, and critical thinking must be included in school curriculum from the earliest level.

  • Ratify United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Ban Discrimination
    We must work harder for the disabled and other minority groups to eradicate discrimination.

  • Guarantee Secure and Dignified Living Standards for the Disabled and Seniors
  • Fight Human Trafficking

More women than men are victims of human trafficking. The world has a long tradition of tolerance for selling of the female body. Human trafficking must be viewed in the light of society‘s attitude and prejudices toward women. Focused measures that deal with the root causes – including the idea that an individual be bought and sold is under any circumstances acceptable – and the cooperation of domestic and foreign experts are needed in order to fight this scourge.

  • Family Policies that Prioritize the Wellbeing of Our Children

  • Ensure Foreign Immigrants’ Access to Information About Their Social Rights, Education Opportunities, and Support
  • Work Against Sexual Violence and Violence Against Children and Vulnerable Citizens

Sexually based violence and violence against children and other vulnerable individuals who cannot defend themselves are the most common and serious human rights violations in Iceland. This reality is absolutely unacceptable in a civilized free society. We must unveil violence wherever we discover it, whether it be within our outside the home. Focused measures and education can deliver positive results. We must utilize the resources and knowledge we already have, at home and abroad, and strengthen collaboration with experts in this area. Men must be called to account and understanding. Cooperating with sports and various other organizations that teenagers admire is important as is working against traditional, prejudiced, and harmful masculine images.

  • Special Sexual Crimes Court

and strengthen the police sexual crimes division, making strict expertise requirements. Urgent care and Children‘s Room (Barnastofa) play an important role that warrants increased support. It is unacceptable that victims of these serious violent crimes should have to wait for months, even years for a resolution. The discrepancy in the number of cases reported or otherwise discovered, and the number of cases that go to trial needs to be investigated.

  • Work Against Pornography and Pornification

Pornography is a serious social ill which harms young people of both sexes and supports misconceptions and prejudiced sexual ideas. Violence against women and children is a prevalent idea in pornography. Focused sex education must teach children and teenagers that sex and violence are not two branches of the same tree. Why Icelandic boys and young men view considerably more pornography than their peers in the other Nordic countries is a disturbing fact that is worthy of further research. Most countries are looking into ways to protect their young against the harmful effects of pornography, including limiting its online distribution and access. These ideas have been met with resistance, usually on the basis of free speech and expression rights. Internet technology experts have also expressed doubts. A helpful approach might be to require software and technical producers to warn consumers about pornography and violence on their products with special markings and information about ways to limit or lock such content (like warnings on tobacco and alcohol products).

The Natural Resource Watch

We want

  • Laws About Ownership and Utilization of Natural Resources as Stipulated in the New Constitution

Constitutional Bill, Article 34: “Iceland’s natural resources that are not private property shall be the joint and perpetual property of the nation. No one can acquire the natural resources, or rights connected thereto, as property or for permanent use and they may not be sold or pledged.
Publicly owned natural resources include resources such as marine stocks, other resources of the ocean and its bottom within Iceland’s economic zone and the sources of water and water-harnessing rights, the rights to geothermal energy and mining. The public ownership of resources below a certain depth under the earth’s surface may be determined by law.
In the use of natural resources, sustainable development and public interest shall be used for guidance.
The public authorities, along with those using the natural resources, shall be responsible for their protection. The public authorities may, on the basis of law, issue permits for the use of natural resources or other limited public goods, against full payment and for a modest period of time in each instance. Such permits shall be issued on an equal-opportunity basis and it shall never lead to a right of ownership or irrevocable control of the natural resources.”

  • Guarantee that Permits for the Use of Natural Resources are Fairly Distributed on Equal Basis, for Full Payment (Market Price, i.e. the Highest Possible Price at the time) for a Modest Time Period

The IDP demands that the unjust, discriminatory system according to which fishing rights are distributed be abolished. Recall or separate negotiations about fishing rights are unnecessary because the government distributes them each year. What is necessary and now lacking, unfortunately, in the current distribution system is equality. The government has the unequivocal authority to set rules about distribution of fishing rights and can change them at any time; it has done so numerous times in the past without outside interference. Lawsuits regarding this issue shall be met with full force of the state.
“Full payment” is the equivalent of market price, which means that the government maximizes its revenue from the resource for the public good. Use rights can differ depending on the resource, even within the same resource; thus a “modest period of time” is specified.

  • The Icelandic People Reap the Benefits of Iceland’s National Resources

Fishing in Iceland delivered ISK92 billion ($740 million) in profits during 2009 and 2010. Of that amount the Icelandic state received ISK3 billion ($24 million) or approximately 3%. A new fisheries management bill would lock in fishing rights to current fishing rights holders for the next twenty years. Assuming the same profit ratio, that comes to ISK920 billion ($7, 4 billion) for them, ISK30 billion ($240 million) for the country. This outrageously unjust division will result in social inequality and increased corruption. The IDP firmly opposes this catastrophic plan.

  • Keep Public Energy Companies Under Public Ownership: The National Power Company Shall Not Be Sold

Our recent experience of selling publicly owned companies has been ruinous. The IDP wants to guard the companies still under public ownership and avoid rash decisions. The IDP favors privatization but only in a truly competitive market. “Corrupt privatization is an indictment of corruption, not privatization.”

  • View Nature as a Resource to be Respected and Protected in Accordance with our Goal of Sustainable Development to Benefit Coming Generations

The IDP’s environmental policy reflects growing public awareness of the importance of protecting our environment. The new constitution declares a clean environment to be a quality of life and human rights issue, and the IDP wants to guard the rights of current and coming generations to a pristine nature. Parliament must enact laws that provide for prudent and just utilization of this priceless resource and secure the rights of coming generations. The new constitution stipulates possible reparations for earlier damages to nature. These provisions are meant to encourage the legislature to prevent free-range running of livestock and enable judicial involvement regarding executive decisions that affect nature and environment and prevent dismissal of such cases for lack of legitimate interests.

  • Strengthen Animal Rights

The new constitution stipulates the protection of animals against maltreatment and animals in danger of extinction. Accordingly, the biosphere must be treated respectfully, living conditions of livestock and pets fit their known needs and that human association with wild animals be characterized by moderation and kindness. We want to minimize factory farming and replace it with humane farming methods. Livestock owners be enabled to adjust as economically as possible to new production means. Supervision of animal control and welfare be strengthened. Mahatma Ghandi said that “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Let us be mindful of this sentiment.

World Watch

We want

  • European Union Membership to be Determined Only in a Binding National Referendum as Stipulated by the New Constitution.

Delegation of sovereignty is inherent in EU membership. Parliament is subservient to the people and only the nation can decide whether or not Iceland joins the EU. Parliament must obey the will of the people in all matters concerning delegation of sovereignty. The IDP does not take a stand on Iceland’s EU membership since the matter will be determined in a national referendum.

  • Finalize EU Negotiations

The ongoing EU negations should be concluded as originally agreed.

  • Guard Iceland’s Interests in the Arctic

We want to keep a close watch on the continental shelf around Iceland and stake our claim to our share of international waters in the Arctic. This issue is of vital importance because global warming will open new sea routes and access to resources in the future.

  • War participation subject to parliamentary and national approval

Never again shall two cabinet ministers decide on their own accord to make Iceland a nation at war without parliamentary sanction.

  • Work with World Nations toward Peace

Iceland is a country without a military force. Compulsory military service must never be introduced into law. We want to work for peace and prosperity under the auspices of international organizations of which Iceland is a member.