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    A joke linking Iceland's economic difficulties with Ireland has been slammed as 'British arrogance' by Iceland's president.

    The joke - which goes, 'What's the difference between Iceland's economy and Ireland's? One letter and six months' - implies that Ireland is facing an economic collapse as severe as the Icelandic crash.

    But it seems Icelandic president Ragnar Grimsson does not see any humour in it.

    Iceland's economy collapsed in 2008 after the failure of its three largest banks. British councils which had banked their money there lost millions of pounds in the crash.

    But Mr Grimsson said people in London should stop making jokes and worry more about their own financial sector.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday, he said that Ireland and Iceland had much in common.

    'We have both in our histories experienced the arrogance of the British,' he told the Irish Times. 'It [the joke] is just a recent example of that.'

    'People in London should worry more about the future of London as a financial centre and the economy in Britain, and how that will fare in the future and their own problems, rather than playing jokes about Iceland and Ireland.'

    Mr Grimsson directed much of his anger at Gordon Brown, accusing him of 'financial terrorism'.

    He described the UK's decision in 2008 to use anti-terrorism legislation to seize deposits in Britain owned by one of the Icelandic banks as 'a financial terrorist act against Iceland'.

    'They put the government of Iceland and our entire economic system formally on the published list on the Treasury website together with al Qaeda and the Taliban,' he said.

    'For centuries Gordon Brown will be remembered in Iceland long after he is forgotten in Britain.'

    Widespread anger in Iceland over the British move fuelled opposition to his government's decision to repay the £800million owed to the UK for deposits lost in the banking collapse, he said.
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    Iceland's president accused the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on Friday of financially "bullying" his country.
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    ...well who started the joke? I say IM OFFENDED they call us arrogant, how dare they!, things work both ways...

    anyway bullying them? We just want our money back...and the fact they were voting against refunding us means their not in a position to say this kind of thing. If the roles were reversed they'd want their money back just as badly...
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    Well, tbh, it could've been worse, there could've been a reference to potatoes.
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    (Original post by joey11223)
    ...well who started the joke? I say IM OFFENDED they call us arrogant, how dare they!, things work both ways...
    I'm pretty sure our Head of Government or The Queen, our Head of State did not initiate such insults, as the Icelandic President is.
 
 
 
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