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*Pic: Moyan Brenn, Flickr. Rainbow effects at Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland. My official website: http://www.moyanbrenn.com

How absolutely incredible. The entire country has a population around 150,000 less than Tasmania, FFS. But do they ever punch way above their weight. And it’s happened again in the European Cup: dismissing the multi-millionaires of England with a wondrous, opportunistic display ... It is just incredible ( Report HERE ). And, they deal with their elite summarily: gaoling bankers ( TT HERE ); dismissing leaders, dealing common sense ( TT HERE ),  ( TT HERE ). Perhaps it’s a Scandinavian thing ( John Biggs TT: Why has Scandinavia got it right and we haven’t? ) …

*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie ...

• Chris Sharples in Comments: … In my humble opinion they seem to have worked out that far right-wing social, economic and political policies (like the US, UK and Australian “Liberal” party espouse) are ‘zombie’ ideas (as John Quiggan expresses it): that is, failed ideas which should be dead, buried and forgotten but which somehow continue to shamble onward nonetheless.  Right wing policies demonstrably do not benefit their whole societies via a mythical “trickle-down effect” whereby “a rising tide raises all boats”; rather they create more and more unequal societies (the USA and UK since the Reagan/Thatcher eras being stark examples of this).  And more and more unequal societies breed an alienated underclass that becomes so desperate that they can be tricked into voting for populist demagogues who are actually their worst enemies, as the Trump-supporters in the USA are doing. …

• don knowler in Comments: As my fellow countrymen would say, COD HELP US!