Meet Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik, Icelandâ€™s largest (and coolest) city.
Photo by Aleksander Radulovic
He never went to university, used to be a taxi driver and played in a local punk rock band called â€˜Runny Noseâ€™.
After that, Jon became well-known in his country as a comedian and actor.
But then in 2009, to poke fun at the establishment, Jon and a few of his industry buddies, with zero experience in politics, formed a party called
â€œThe Best Partyâ€.
Since all the other political parties were secretly corrupt, the Best Party declared they would be openly corrupt and admitted they would not keep any of their promises made pre-election which included, â€œfree towels in all swimming pools, a new Disneyland, a drug-free Parliament by 2020 and a polar bear for the ReykjavÃk zooâ€.
Six months later, Jon and his party won the elections.
This was their campaign video:
His favorite TV show is HBOâ€™s The Wire and when he was elected, Jon announced that he would not enter a coalition government with anyone that had not watched the series.
Here he is with Clark Peters from The Wire:
It might be worth noting that when he was a child, Jon was diagnosed by doctors with severe mental retardation and ADHD and was treated for two years in a State Hospital.
But he still became Mayor.
Jon is a hands-on kind of politician when it comes to making changes for his city.
He also really likes to show his support at Gay Pride.
Hereâ€™s Jon inexplicably dressed as a Jedi hanging out with Gaga:
Jon and his wife once toured in a punk rock band with Icelandâ€™s coolest musical export, Bjork. (And theyâ€™re still good buddies).
I guess you could say his whole political ethos is like a Banksy painting come to life.
So respect to you Mr. Gnarr. We need more people like you in politics!
Note from The Delight Makers : We are not into the polar bear for the ReykjavÃk zoo, other than that he does seem very cool !
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