Bridges and tunnels can be tricky things in politics. Take, for instance, the famed "bridge to nowhere
" in Alaska. Senator Ted Stevens was a big proponent of this bridge, which would link Ketchikan (population 8,900) with Gravina Island (population 50). Congress had earmarked more than 300 million dollars for the project before it got derailed. Stevens was indicted on corruption charges this week, so the bridge project is not likely to be revived.
"A fine story," you say, "but what does this have to do with the Faroe Islands?" Now just calm down and I'll tell you.
A member of the Faroese parliament just left the ruling coalition this week because of a tunnel project. This tunnel would link the island of Sandoy (population 1,400) with Streymoy (where a lot of people live). Sandoy is known for having one of the only sandy beaches on the Faroes.
The tunnel had a cost of around 200 million dollars (US) and the government decided to abandon the project in favor of other priorities.
In protest, the MP from Sandoy left the ruling coalition, which means the ruling coalition no longer has a majority. And if you know anything about parliamentary politics (and I'm guessing you do) then you know that minority governments rarely last long. If they need another member to gain a majority, perhaps they'd like to draft Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. He may have a lot of free time pretty soon.
This week's Faroe photo comes from the village of Skarvanes
(population 4). It's located on the island of Sandoy... which still must be reached by ferry for the foreseeable future. It's still a beautiful little place.
The photo is from a collection by Erik Christensen
, he's a Danish man living in the Faroes and he's got an extensive and beautiful collection of photos that he kindly allows people to post to their own site, provided they give him a tip of the hat. Do check out his other photos here
. If you're a nut for the Faroe Islands (and I'm pretty sure you are) then these pictures are like taking a mini-vacation to the place. More of his photos are likely to show up in this space in the coming weeks. Thanks, Erik!
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