Skip to Content

True Finns campaign website.
Helsinki

True Finns now largest Finnish party in new poll as Corona fatigue punishes incumbent government

The opposition party in Finland, the True Finns is now the largest party in the country. A professor of political science at the Swedish-language university Åboakademin said in a comment to Swedish Radio that it was Corona fatigue that was having an effect and was punishing the current government before the upcoming local elections.

Published: March 21, 2021, 9:25 am

    In an opinion poll published by the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the conservative anti-immigration party could come out on top in the upcoming municipal elections which were supposed to be held in a few weeks, but which have now been postponed with the claim that a more difficult Corona situation would become even worse if people went and voted.

    This represents quite a change, because at the beginning of the Corona crisis, support for the severe restrictions imposed by the Finnish government under the Social Democrat Sanna Marin was almost total.

    The fact that the local elections have been postponed and will instead be held in June, was supported by almost all parliamentary parties in Finland, except the True Finns. The party believes that the postponement of the elections does not have much to do with Corona, but instead is an attempt to stop the rise of the True Finns.

    The Finns Party has been compared by international media to the other Nordic conservative parties and similar nationalist and right-wing movements in Europe that share Euroscepticism and are critical of Islam.

    Even if the party did not succeed in getting the municipal elections held as planned, the True Finns can instead rejoice in the latest opinion poll showing that it has become the largest party with as much as 21,5 percent. That is exactly one percent above Sanna Marine’s Social Democrats, which registered 20,5 percent.

    As previously mentioned, all parties, including the True Finns, agreed on the Finnish Corona strategy a year ago. Now, however, Corona fatigue has set in with many Finns simply finding the current restrictions too harsh. True Finns have benefitted from this, as they are now the only party that wants to see a different strategy for the country.

    “This is a kind of Corona fatigue,” said Kim Strandberg, professor of political science and political communication at the Turku Academy, speaking to Swedish Radio. He concluded: “True Finns are also the only party that clearly opposes the government’s Corona strategy.”

    The party says that as the Corona epidemic in Finland progresses, the more confusing and obscure the ministers’ speeches have become. In less than a year and a half, several ministers in the government led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin have honed a skill to speak a lot, but offer no information.

    The evasion of questions is particularly evident in parliamentary questioning sessions, the party complained on its website. “Question time is the most important forum for political debate in Finland, where MPs have the opportunity to ask their questions to ministers. Over the past year, however, it has been seen that no answers are often given. Question time easily gives the impression that the questioner and the respondent are talking about completely different things.”

    Former Minister of Transport and Communications and long-term Member of Parliament Kimmo Sasi has also paid attention to Prime Minister Marin’s evasive answers. According to Sasi, confusing communication undermines credibility.

    “The Prime Minister does not answer the questions asked of her, but avoids them with general descriptions of the situation or goals,” Sasi explained.

    Marin’s evasive answers, which focus on the background and on listing goals, have often been heard during parliamentary question sessions. Last week, Marin repeated her responses in an interview with MTV’s Ten News, where the prime minister did not provide an answer to any of the questions put to her.

    Marin was asked what the prepared restrictions on movement were based on. In her reply, Marin said that she had described the matter before and said that the matter was being prepared, in addition to which she reiterated the question raised. There was no new information in the response.

    “As I have previously described, then the government, of course, is preparing for and is prepared to act just in case of any kind of situation. At the moment, this preparatory work is done, this I have already described several times this spring. And it is precisely these questions that have been asked here that are now being answered, that is, what kind of action would then be taken, if necessary, what kind of movement should be restricted, but I would like to emphasize that the government has not yet dealt with this together. And the time for this will come later, but of course the preparatory work is being done,” she said.

    Suomen Uutiset asked for the views and advice of the well-known speech and rhetoric trainer Antti Mustakallio. He has followed the ministers’ appearances in the media and during parliamentary questioning hours.

    “It is sometimes difficult to find out from the ministers’ answers what their final point is. Although the criticism is now directed at government ministers, I do not think it is this government in particular, but it is a common and well-known occupational disease of politicians.”

    Recently, the media has also drawn attention to the ministers’ inadequate responses. Mustakallio considers this to be a relevant media task. “It is only good that the media quotes it if politicians do not answer questions directly. In that case, politicians also know that their evasive responses will elicit a reaction, and at worst, for them, the result will be seen at the ballot box.”

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Whites a minority in Britain’s largest cities

    LondonWhite Britons no longer form a majority in the two largest English cities for the first time in history.

    Parallel society: Ukrainian children in German schools

    MunichAround one million Ukrainians have left their homeland due to the war in recent months and sought refuge in Germany. Among the refugees are tens of thousands of children who are now going to school in Germany. But there are simply too many and the problems are mounting.

    Zelensky entrusts management of private investments in Ukraine to BlackRock

    KievThe Ukrainian government is teaming up with American investment firm BlackRock to "reboot its economy". A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on November 10, the Ukrainian Economy Ministry announced the next day. This agreement concerns the creation of a platform to attract private capital.

    Climate fanatics target airports

    BerlinThe climate fanatics of the Last Generation are no longer an annoying nuisance but have become a danger to life and limb due to the benevolent approval of Germany's spy chief Thomas Haldenwang. Their actions are increasingly radical, on the verge of terrorism aimed at airports and concert halls.

    Moroccans trash Belgian cities after WC victory

    BrusselsVictory turned into a riot on Sunday 27 November, as violence broke out in Brussels after the victory of the Moroccan team against Belgium in the football World Cup. The Atlas Lions won by two goals to nil and thus triumphed over the Belgian team.

    ‘Migrants only ever lose their passports, never their knives’

    TraiskirchenAgainst the background of the continuing mass influx of asylum seekers, the Austrian FPÖ presents itself again with a winning campaign to deal with the crisis. At a press conference on Wednesday, three leading FPÖ politicians gave more details – in Traiskirchen, Lower Austria, of all places, which is the seat of a large first reception center and has been a "hot spot" for the mass influx for months.

    Twitter’s Brussels office dismantled

    BrusselsThe move by Elon Musk to rid the online platform of "woke" ideologues, has sparked EU concern over online content control. With Twitter dismantling its entire Brussels office, some EU officials claim the platform will no longer comply with their new rules on controlling online content.

    In 4 years, 343 terror convicts have been released in France

    ParisPrisoners convicted of terrorism-related offences are monitored by the judiciary and intelligence services upon their release. This has been a huge cost to French taxpayers.

    Green MP complains about ‘cold Bundestag’

    BerlinAnyone who dares to complain about gas prices, which have increased at least six fold in the last year, is denounced as a traitor in Germany. In reality, many families do not know how they will stay warm since they are no longer able to afford heating.

    Vlaams Belang calls on government to cancel WEF membership

    BrusselsIn 2022, the Flemish government will pay €175 763.87 in membership fees to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and 27 000 Swiss francs (about €27 300) as participation fees to the annual meeting of the WEF in Davos. This is according to Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon's response to a parliamentary question by Flemish MP Sam van Rooy.

    Go to archive