I’ll be voting for Eva Biaudet in the first round. In the second round obviously Sauli Niinistö. Since Haavisto got to second round, I will be voting for him.

The reason why I’m voting for her is that she talks the talk and walks the walk and that talk and walk is human rights. I really respect that instead of talking crap about others, she talks about the issues that are important to her. Bonus points for her general attitude and personality and feistiness.

(No one cares so just enjoy the picture of a hot woman.)

In which Henna has problems dealing with conservatives

SO my flatmate has a friend over. My flatmate, who is an awesome, liberal person. And her friend is a supporter of Niinistö, which is fine, I guess. Not all Niinistö voters are homophobic racist morons. Everyone has right to choose their candidate, democracy and all that (although, if you voted for Niinistö, I consider you to be wrong). 

The first thing I head was that she was relieved that Niinistö won. ALERTS ON. THERE IS A NIINISTÖ PERSON IN MY HOUSE. CALM DOWN. I think he’s disgusting. When referring to Haavisto or his spouse, I’m not sure. I’M SORRY? Flatmate: She’s a bit younger than he is, isn’t she? Doesn’t matter as long as as she is a woman. Oh, I understand. It doesn’t matter that our first lady-to-be apparently has two brain cells, as long as she is a she. Cool. 

Look, I understand that people have different opinions and that curing homophobia won’t happen overnight and even though I don’t respect your opinions at all, really, you have a right to them. But this is my apartment (that I share with other people but still! My apartment!) THIS IS MY HOME. I’m tired of having to listen all the political bullshit that goes around here, this is my refuge where I can rest with my left-wing hippie socialist rainbow liberal ideals and thoughts. And you are invading. Please leave. 

Who'd have my vote

I noticed on my travels today some very civilized political advertising just outside the Finnish Parliament. A google tells me that paid-for advertising by politicians and political parties is unrestricted in Finland. The Finnish presidential election is coming up soon but so far I certainly haven’t felt overwhelmed by advertising. But saying that I don’t watch Finnish TV. Indeed my TV’s sole purpose is Xbox, and my Xbox’s sole purpose is Fifa 12 (which I ordered from Amazon in the UK!)

We shouldn’t judge politicians by appearances but if appearances were a virtuous quality then I know who’d have my vote. Eva Biaudet is also Finland’s Ombudsman for Minorities (an authority with the basic task of advancing the status and legal protection of ethnic minorities and foreigners) so she’d certainly be an attractive candidate from my perspective. I must admit I initially mistook her for Jutta Urpilainen, the Finnish Finance Minister who negotiated Finland’s collateral package as part of the Greece bail-out.

On a more high-brow note, how politicians present themselves to the public is something we should keep under tight surveillance. Democracy, at least in its ideal form, assumes a certain degree of voter know-how, but in a world that is dominate by media, image and information technology, it’s easy to get lost and harder for the principled message to stand up against the most seductive. But however we look at it, the Finns certainly have a chance to make their vote count, which can’t be said of our first-past-the-post winner takes all voting system.