Finnish government faces turmoil from True-Finns new boss

The True Finns, up until today, have been sitting happily alongside the Centre and Conservative Parties with ministerial Audis and substantial ministerial salaries, seldom ever seen by the rank and file of the party.

Sitting in this government as a minority party has meant that they have had to swallow policies that are far from what they were promised during the last election. The result has seen half of their voters turning their backs on the party as quickly as the party leaders have turned their coats. The latest gallup gives them 9% of the vote after winning 19% in the last election. The temptations and gifts of of power are more potent than honest down-to-earth politics.

The True Finns have been a True Gift to the Conservatives and the Centre Parties because this coalition has a majority in Parliament. They have been able to grab all sorts of goodies in the last 2 years for themselves and their mates. The Centre Party have avoided municipal reforms and even got a third tier of government for the political activists. The Conservatives have been allowed to privatise huge parts of public health, enriching many doctors, dentists and ex-politicians who have jumped into nice jobs at these new companies.

Now things have changed with today’s (10.6.2017) election of a new party leader of the True Finns. They have got a new man who wants a vote on EU membership, who wants to stop excessive immigration, and “Make Finland Great Again”!

This man is the complete opposite of the former boss who sold his soul for an Audi several times over just to have a ministerial position and now a nice pension.

The 2 big parties in government are like Ms. May they want to stay in power, but this may not be possible given that the True Finns under a new more radical and principled leadership may not want to go along with neo-liberal program being sought out by the 2 big parties.

It makes sense for the True Finns to go into opposition and try to recover that missing 10%. There are only 18 months to the next election so the temptation of being in opposition must be strong for this party.

The Social Democrats here are especially weak after months of Corbyn-like muddling. It should be relatively easy for the True Finns to get back on track and steal voters back from the SocDems.

The Conservative Party’s new leader, Mr. Orpo, is also really combative after their strong results in the last local elections. The Centre Party is also struggling under the weak leadership of Mr. Sipilä, Finland’s hapless PM who changes his mind on policies like the character in “Little Britain” who says he wants something really badly, only to reject it when he receives it!

This will be a hot and dusty summer here in Helsinki.

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