I miss the days when the True Finns were the kind of party that would put Sulo Aittoniemi, a "sheriff" up as a presidential candidate. A humour candidate for a humour party, getting humour votes from people who like to turn up and have a laugh on election day. People who take "rotestilaulu" from Simo Salminen ironically seriously.
There's a real tradition of a ne'er-do-well protester right up from Irwin Goodman to Paleface in Finland and it is a good tradition. A noble tradition, really. A tradition of someone who says it like it is and isn't afraid of the "crooks" and the "cons" in government. But really, in a country such as Finland it was never more than a stereotype. You cannot have a country that ranks the lowest on the corruption index, while having this supposed huge need for a person to call out all these corrupt politicians. You cannot have one of the most developed welfare states in the world while supposedly having a state committed to screwing the average joe sixpack out of their fair share. It is just not possible.