The Blue Reform has continued its efforts to raise its profile after re-defining itself as a reform-oriented conservative party and unveiling its official logo in a much-discussed but ultimately unexciting press conference in Helsinki on Wednesday, 16 May.
Simon Elo, the chairperson of the Blue Parliamentary Group, shed light on the objectives of the party in a blog posted on Puheenvuoro on Thursday.
“All old parties are prisoners of their interest groups.“The Blue Reform is independent and wants to implement reforms while holding on to traditions. We must have the courage to shake up old, mouldy structures,” he proclaimed. “Most conservatives are moderates who have never before had their own party in Finland. Being a conservative is nothing to be ashamed of. The Blue Reform has the courage to stand up for conservatism.”
Elo revealed that the objectives of the party include guaranteeing social security for everyone, extending earnings-related unemployment to everyone, raising small national and earnings-related pensions and raising child home care allowance for families with children.
The Blue Reform, he added, is also intent on upholding the so-called labour availability consideration process, reducing both income and vehicle taxes and adopting a negative income tax for low-income earners, and rejecting the additional costs arising from Brexit and relocating the asylum procedure outside the European Union.
The Social Democratic Party has also floated the idea of adopting a negative income tax, a fact that has not gone unnoticed for Elo.
“The Social Democrats will not call off any of the spending cuts introduced by this government but could undermine a number of good reforms carried out by this government,” he stated.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi