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Mikael Jungner, an ex-party secretary of the Social Democrats, is part of a motley crew of politicians and media personalities who are looking to kick-start an overhaul of political decision making in Finland.
Mikael Jungner, an ex-party secretary of the Social Democrats, is part of a motley crew of politicians and media personalities who are looking to kick-start an overhaul of political decision making in Finland.

 

Liike Nyt (Eng. Movement Now) is a movement open to everyone who has a genuine interest in overhauling decision making in Finland, says one of the co-founders of the newly established political association, Harry Harkimo.

Harkimo, an ex-member of the National Coalition, on Friday revealed that the association was born out of its founders’ long-standing frustration with policy and decision making.

“People are disillusioned with politics, and no wonder,” he stated in a press release. “Decisions are made by a small inner circle, and people have no influence over questions that concern them. Liike Nyt wants to create a platform for influencing and better decision making. We have to genuinely listen to those who are affected by the decisions.”

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“Old political ideologies and interest group-oriented thinking have crippled political decision making. We want to offer a problem-oriented approach to decision making in order to deliver quick results and make the effects visible in people’s daily lives. Decisions must be based more on expertise and [the desire to] solve major problems, less on confining structures.”

Mikael Jungner, another co-founder of Liike Nyt, revealed that the association wants to also ensure decisions are not made behind closed doors.

“Technology is uniting people and offering everyone an opportunity to influence decisions that affect them. We believe in open interaction and frankness: a good idea is good regardless of who presents it,” he summarised.

Jungner and Harkimo both said the founders of the association have different backgrounds and values but share a belief in four guiding principles: The society must look after everyone. Market economy is a viable way to develop the society as long as the rules are fair. Climate change is real and all decisions must be environmentally sustainable. Entrepreneurship is the most effective way to create results as long as it is allowed to flourish.

Liike Nyt, they believe, will evolve depending on when and what kind of people join it.

“We hope as many as possible will join us. Our views will surely stir up criticism among those who wield power habitually and those who have a thirst for power. Regardless, we believe this is a genuine opportunity to overhaul decision making,” said Harkimo.

Harkimo, who announced his departure from the National Coalition on Thursday, also reiterated his intention to continue to support the proposals of the ruling coalition as a Member of Parliament.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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