Picture: Scientific American, Matt Collins
If you read the Libera website or care to cast a glance at the blog of Ms. Lepomäki, our hyper-active Conservative MP in Helsinki, you will see that ring-wing politics has not changed over the decades.
They continue to claim that the private sector has a complete and total monopoly over efficiency in any activity from public transport, healthcare and other basic services.
She and others continuously repeat the mantra of privatisation even though her former employer, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Europe’s largest bank in 2007, fell into the arms of the British government rather than be declared bankrupt. This was the bank that exploited the private public partnership game where private sector companies reap profits at the expense of taxpayers, with significantly reduced risks, from hospitals, motorways, schools, and other basic services. The taxpayers continued to hold most of the risks, which in many cases have been realized…
But now she, and her other right-wing believers, are now sitting in Parliament or in Libera and preaching like the catholic church that we must fear the worse with the present system “because we are all sinners” or, in their opinion, paying too much in taxes for the basic services.
So it is that we see the inexorable development that politics has become a reality show attracting the likes of Soini, Stubb, Lepomäki, Hall-aho, Berner, Sipilä, Huhtasaari, Rääsänen, etc. who want to show us that the Anglo-American way is great – where we have mantras like “private deals are best; government should be run as a business; small government is better than big government; religious belief should define politics; unlimited corporate funding for politics is important because they bring us jobs”, and so on.
The ultimate result of all this is to be seen in a well written recent article in Scientific America called “What’s the Deal? Man with bizarre views being investigated by authorities” by Steve Mirsky, (Scientific American, July 2017).
Germany also happened upon such a man in 1934 and he too preferred nationalism, alternative truths, harsh words and threats of strife… and we all know how that ended.