Helsinki was visited by 3 royal families the other week – a shocking undemocratic episode

The whole concept of any Nordic country having a royal family is unbelievable, or as this newspaper is fond of saying – it is beyond belief!

All of the four countries have a deep trust in the working of the democratic process - writes finnishnews.

  • We pay our taxes so that we can have basic services that are so important for our long term development in this global world. Competition is tough and we must educate everybody beyond the rest of the world to stay afloat and sell exports because our small 5.5 million market is not big enough to keep us afloat. We must look after the young ones, and the older folk who are growing fast because the baby-boomers are now retiring and relatively fewer people are working.
  • We elect local councils and members of Parliament to represent us to create laws so that our countries can live and operate in a fair and honest manner. We all believe in the rule of law and we all recognise that we must have efficient economic and political machines.
  • Income differentials have been rather narrow, even though there has been a trend for them to widen. However progressive taxation pays for inclusive public services because they are seen as providing a strong base for economic development. There are clear lines between political parties on the right and left, and it is only on the right where we see extremism that takes the form of xenophobia or, equally bad, where a few wealthy neo-liberals actively lobby hard against the interests of the majority.

Against this background it is disturbing to see that our Finnish government spends a huge amount of money on welcoming three royal families from Norway, Denmark and Sweden with military ships in Helsinki harbor, hundreds of soldiers and policemen standing behind fences with machine guns ready to shoot anyone who dares to get close!

None of these families are elected, they have no formal political role, and they enjoy enormous and unjustified legal an financial privileges not available to others in their own countries.

The media makes a lot of money from publishing stories and photos, and some companies say that having a king alongside their sales people helps business, but there are plenty of developed countries that are just as successful without all of this gold and diamond decorated men and women living like wealthy folk in palaces at taxpayers’ expense. Of course I have no objection to them enjoying life but they must pay for that 100% and pay their taxes like the rest of us…

Fairy stories about princesses and princes are for children not adults and not things to be paid for by taxpayers.

Finland should not pay for this type of visit. Politicians should have the guts to say so, especially when we have record long queues of poor folk lined up at food banks and poor elderly folk dying alone at home because we do not have enough room for low-income homes for the elderly.

Without being a cynical, we have far better uses for taxpayers’ money than entertaining these people who have more money in their bank accounts than 99.9% of the population!

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