This is the presidential nominee/candidate from the faux conservative party, Kokoomus, or National Coalition:
Sauli Niinistö ….. MASTERMIND!
HS: “In fighting climate change I am disturbed by a certain lack of long-term thinking”, Niinistö says. In the early 2000s the fight against climate change took wind with the help of the campaign by former US Vice President Al Gore. “Then came the economic crisis of 2008 and world public opinion changed. The same mouths started to repeat ‘consume, consume consume’”, Niinistö says. “It might be appropriate for Finland to emphasise that perhaps we should do what he have decided to do before.”
He’s a prime example of a supposedly “conservative” politician who rejects the core ideas and principles of conservatism itself, that being, limited government, protection of individual sovereignty and property rights. He’s nothing more than a big government, statist politician who sails under the flag of conservatism but holds little to no reverence or loyalty to conservative ideals.
Oh Niinistö is indeed pro-business, but so have been the ruling Communist party in China over the past few decades, but does that make them into conservatives? No, it doesn’t. He’s a big government welfare corporatist who represents a certain select elite, who’s accepted the premise of the welfare state and who would seek to further enslave Finnish society even more, as it becomes more encased within the EU bureaucracy. These people are worse than the openly socialist SDP and Vasemmisto.
NOTE: The closest I’ve seen a political party resembling traditional limited government conservatism in Europe, (and who I would vote for if I lived there) has been the Vlaams Belang of Flanders, Belgium. Here’s a portion from their manifesto, which contains pure conservative principles that the faux-conservative Finnish National Coalition rejects:
The Vlaams Belang is a “nationalist party of the right” (In the continental-European semantic context, as opposed to the collectivist, etatist “left”. In an Anglosaxon context the term “conservative” would be used, as opposed to “liberal”). Indeed, we recognise man as a free agent, with all his human qualities and flaws, and we reject ideologies that presuppose the “makeability” of mankind and that advocate social engineering. Tradition, virtues and morality, as these have grown through time, must be respected and are constitutive elements of the society of the future.
Society should be organized according to the principle of subsidiarity. What can be done efficiently at a lower level of society must not be relegated to a distant, anonymous and unaccountable authority.
Government and the authorities should act with utmost restraint and reticence at all times. Bearing this in mind, the Vlaams Belang is in favour of the lowest possible level of taxation and against the dissipation of public money. The party also rejects politically inspired educational reforms.
Politics (and also this party) is never a goal in itself, but a means to advance the public interest. The Vlaams Belang favours a sound vision on the duties of government. These include a greater focus on the essentials (such as the maintenance of law and order), the active reduction of redundant structures and excessive legislation, the fight against corruption and bureaucracy, and respect for the separation of powers.