The Green League will not enter into a coalition government as a minority partner unless the coalition partners commit to a government programme that reflects its values and priorities, says Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League.
“It makes absolutely no sense to enter into a government as a small party, as a pushover,” he states in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
“Then all it is is making excuses and having your greatest accomplishments be about preventing the silliest decisions of the other parties,” he says, pointing to the backlash that followed the party’s role in a government that granted building permits for two nuclear power plants in 2010.
“The 2007–2011 electoral term was pretty much toxic,” summarises Aalto.
The Green League declared earlier this year in the wake of its best result in municipal elections that its objective is to become the largest party in the Finnish Parliament. The opposition party has seen its popularity grow further in the first half of the year, to the extent that it is projected to win 15.5–16.0 per cent of the vote if the parliamentary elections were held today, according to recent polls by YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.
Aalto acknowledges that the surge in voter support may be partly attributable to the media attention the party has received after its leadership election in June.
“The Greens’ message and views have gained more attention and, with the increase in attention, they’ve resonated in a way that has made us an increasingly attractive option to people,” he analyses.
The Green League must not rest on its laurels, as a 16 per cent share of the vote will not be enough to reach its political goals, admits Aalto.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi