Socialist Prime Minister of Finland: “Get ready for the return of Populism”

A socialist who announces the victory of the populists is strange, but when you still have some contact with reality, this too can happen.

Sanna Marin, the Finnish prime minister, told the Financial Times that public opinion across Europe could blame governments for shutting down economies and damaging their wages and employment.

“This (lockdown) will cause more and more protests and is a breeding ground for populist movements across Europe. When an economy and people's jobs shut down, it will cause political instability. Populists give easy answers to difficult problems, but their solutions are rarely the right ones, ”he added.

So the people, the true ruler, will blame the governments for their bad response. What is the answer to the excess of globalism and dirigisme? More globalism and more dirigisme! In fact, Ms Marin asks Europe to agree on a common strategy, a significant move as Finland is the only EU country not to have been hit by a second wave of Covid-19 this fall. It has an average of about 40 daily cases per million people, a level that has remained stable over the past month. Austria has 20 times the number of cases per day, the Czech Republic 15 times and Sweden 10 times.

Ms Marin said Finland's success is due to a robust testing and tracking regime, half of the population using the Covid-19 monitoring app, and targeted restrictions, including quarantine for almost all travelers from Europe. . Of course forget that Finns are, literally, four cats with a very low population density.

From her privileged position, almost as an outside observer, Marin allows herself to tell some quiet truth: “I think the situation could get worse and people could get even more tired. The situation worsened in the autumn. People often want to find someone to blame and often the easiest to blame are governments and politicians ", also because the rulers are the biggest culprits in the failure of Covid-19 prevention and treatment policies.

Protests are multiplying in Europe, with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people taking to the streets. Governments mess with the lockdown, but meanwhile, people are exasperated, companies fail, and people are fired. How long can it go on like this?

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