The big shake up in Finnish politics couldn’t come at a better time. The only way to challenge the ruling parties and the cultural elite (that padded the political system in their favor) is through an entirely new party, such as ‘The Finns’. The Finnish political system is built to protect the ruling parties, no single party can have a direct challenge to their authority in fielding political candidates for election. So no matter which government is tossed out, the same hacks are thrown back in by the ruling elite.
The political system in the United States, however, has the primary system, which allows for any candidate belonging to either party, the right to run for the nomination for elective office in state and federal elections. It offers the electorate more choice in candidates, not just the “party backed” candidates as in Finland and elsewhere around the world.
So the only way to get “change” in Finnish politics, is to start a whole new party that reflects the growing amount of voter dissatisfaction with present day politics. The parties themselves prove to be highly unable, or even unwilling, to truly reflect the voters’ true will and aspirations, which leads to a blurring of party lines. The established ruling parties only differ from each other in shades of nuance and love to rule from above, so they’ll give and take between themselves and the voter is left holding the bag.
The Finns (formerly the True Finns) are a true grass roots movement and their time has come. KGS
Study contradicts stereotypes of True Finns supporters
Opponents of the populist True Finns (or “The Finns”) party tend to see a typical supporter of the group as containing a pinch of marginalised suburbanite, a dash of young man ranting against immigration on an online message board, with a helping of blue-collar worker seething with hatred of bigwigs. However, a study published on Friday last week paints a more nuanced picture of the party, which made massive gains in this year’s Parliamentary elections.
The study, based on an extensive opinion survey, suggests that the various stereotypes linked with the party are far from the truth. One in five supporters earns more than the Finnish average in annual income. As a whole, the annual earnings of True Finns supporters are close to the national average, although their level of formal education is slightly below the average.
Forty per cent of the party’s supporters see themselves as working class – a percentage matched only by the Left Alliance. The True Finns also have many supporters among entrepreneurs – especially among taxi drivers and other small businesspeople. Party chairman Timo Soini agrees with the results of the study. “Two groups – the workers and small entrepreneurs – are clearly ahead of the others among our supporters”, he says. The True Finns also have a foothold among university students – exceeded only by the Green League.