To act on this problem, we contacted our bank in Iceland for some information on what to do. As a reply we got sent something called "Standard Settlement Instructions" devised at the Icelandic Central Bank. These instructions contained an account per currency, owned by the Icelandic Central Bank, in different banks all over Europe.
Our customer should transfer the invoice payment to the appropriate currency account and remember to place our company name, Rue de Net, as comment for the Icelandic Central Bank then being able to forward the correct amount into our local account. This is old school! This is really old school!
The current economy is now influencing Rue de Net. Normally, I wouldn't do this but I feel obligated to do something. So here goes...
If you haven't read the My Darling Brown article, by Eiríkur Bergmann Einarsson, then I urge you to do so. A quote from it:
[...] the run on Kaupthing, that finally put the Icelandic economy to the grave, perhaps for a decade to come, was caused by Mr. Darling. Now, as this would not be enough, the Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, used newly issued terrorist laws to deepfreeze the rest of Icelandic business in the UK. In the eyes of Brown Icelanders are terrorists!What kind of losers call their friends terrorists? Another quote from the article:
Anyhow, I sincerely hope that Mr. Brown’s feelings towards the people of Iceland are not shared with all the UK population.After you have read this article, and done any additional research you need, please head over to the Icelanders are NOT terrorists page and sign their petition. A quote from it:
[...] the Icelandic authorities have always maintained their intention to honour their obligations [to reimburse depositors with Icelandic banks in the United Kingdom], contrary to claims made by Chancellor Alistair Darling and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.Of course, by contract, morality and honour we should anyhow, what else is there? However the petition goes on:
We, the people of Iceland, ask you, our British friends, to join us in the common cause of ending diplomatic hostilities between our governments. It is our hope that this will stop the unnecessary economic damage on both sides, so that we can start to rebuild and make amends.Go there, sign! Thank you.
PS: Take a look at Pickles by Brian Cane on comics.com!