Finnish Politics Statism



Ladies and gentlemen, the more society becomes centralized, the less free it becomes. Centralization, no matter how its spun (cost cutting measures, wanting to provide better services through the supposed streamlining of government etc.) unequivocally removes representational democracy further away from you, the citizen.

Removing local officials who are more apt to hear your requests and understand your problems, and most importantly, be attentive to them -and replace them with distant uninterested politicians with a constituency multiplied by a hundred or even a thousand- is an act of tyranny. The reason why I mention this domestic Finnish situation, is to show you the disconnect politicians have with the concept of real liberty, coupled with the utopian plans they want and insist on creating.

I have spoken with many Finnish politicians over the years, most recently during the last elections for the Finnish parliament in 2010. The person interviewed in the article below, Henna Virkunnen, (Nat.Coalition/faux conservatives) was one of these politicians I engaged in a conversation.

To make a long story short, I asked Virkkunen for a rough estimate of the percentage of legislation that’s passed yearly in our domestic (Finnish) parliament, that actually originates in Brussels. She was shocked/surprised by the question, and perhaps knew of what was coming next. She sheepishly, but politely admitted that it was around 70% of the entire amount of legislation approved by Finnish lawmakers.

I then asked her is she knew any of the names of those who promoted the legislation that received the Finnish stamp of approval, just who exactly are these people who work in these ‘working committees’ promoting these legislations to the EU parliament? She answered honestly that she didn’t know a single name. I then asked her if this was in her opinion, a proper, responsive, representational democracy? She responded with a no, but quickly added that “we’re working on it to make it more responsive, more democratic”.

You see folks, these statists, whether they’re socialists or faux conservatives -like the Social Democrats or National Coalition- reject liberty, they want to grab more power for themselves/the state at the expense of the liberty of each and every Finnish citizen, who in my opinion, stopped being citizens long ago and became subjects when the state opted for the welfare system, but now even more so under the tyrannical yoke of the Brussels bureaucrats.

More and more you see the same mentality in Brussels, at work here in Finland, as its  corruptive influence seeps into every sector of Finnish society. The need to centralize is the life blood of the EU, it permeates through every organ. The need to federalize the union, to heavily regulate it, and remove voter control from the levers of power is the prime motivation of all these technocrats, and you can see the exact same thinking being implemented on the domestic level in Finland, and it’s frightening. KGS

Leaked map reveals plans to reduce number of municipalities to about 70

The publication late last week by the news magazine Suomen Kuvalehti of a map proposing that the number of municipalities in Finland should be reduced from 336 to about 70 has led to a flurry of explanations, e-mails, and stonewalling.

The map is based on a plan being drawn up by a group of civil servants set up by Minister for Public Administration and Local Government Henna Virkkunen (Nat. Coalition Party). The plan was originally to have been made public in February.

Virkkunen has initially refused to comment on details of the map.

“The work of the working group is not complete. It is working independently”, Virkkunen said.

The head of the working group, Päivi Laajala, director-general of the municipal affairs department of the Ministry of Finance, downplayed the significance of the map.

“I am very disappointed that such a leak took place. This is not a proposal of the working group”, she said to Helsingin Sanomat.

2 Responses

  1. Funny. We had a similar reduction of the number of municipalities in Denmark, without much in the way of public support or demand for the reform. It just sortof happened because our politicians found it a Good Idea.

    I’ve been somewhat involved in budget negotiations in my local municipality (Aarhus, Denmark), and withdrew in disgust. The two main reasons being:

    1) In a large municipality, the straight city council members working half time at best have a hard time challenging the civil servants working full time. The larger the municipality gets, the weaker the control of the voters becomes.

    2) Most of the municipal budget is not even under municipal control! Even if all city council members and all civil servants agreed, there could be no cutting back of expenses, because they are ordered by the State. I am, of course, referring to the so-called ‘social’ benefits, welfare payments where the State decides on the rates, the municipalities have to come up with the money, not even having the chance to do a ‘haircut’ of, say, 1-2 % on the amounts. That leaves the coffers empty, and leave the city council with no other choice than doing hard cutting in schools, road maintainence and other expenditures very visible to the citizen.

    As for the 70 % of legislation being rubberstamped right out of the EU, that is a lower figure than I’ve heard quoted for other countries. Perhaps the Finnish parliament is still quite active creating new laws for the Finnish people?

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