Tuesday, 29 March 2011

True Finns' economic wizard indebted, living in an Ice Rink

Markku Uusipaavalniemi, the Olympic curler who also happens to be the True Finns' go-to guy when it comes to economic questions is currently in bad shape. Having divorced his wife in 2009, he has since been forced to move into an incomplete Ice Rink he built in Oulunkylä, Helsinki. He has been unwilling to comment on the move, deciding instead to comment "only on matters of economy". This he usually does with what sound like quotes from the hit conspiracy film Zeitgeist, rambling incoherently against 'fractional reserve bankin' and proposing the EU solve all its money problems by printing more. Seriously.

You wouldn't know any of this by looking at his home page though, since it seems to still state he is happily married and a member of the Centre Party. Bless.

You can't help but be reminded of the twilight years of the Finnish Rural Party, way back in 1995 when Timo Soini was the party secretary and they too went insolvent. The party's finances were a complete mess, and among other irregularities the party was found to have owed its own newspaper around four million euroes.Well, rather than solve any of these financial issues, Soini and other party leaders decided instead to declare bankruptcy, and founded a new party on the ruins, called the True Finns. Problem solved!