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Run away! Run away!

No good is to be found in those cursed words.

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They are looking for this way for months. I think they will declare Mr. Bolsonaro a perfect third way someday.

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Several papers carry initial reactions to Sunday’s approval by the Green party conference of an initiative calling for the legalisation of cannabis in Finland.

The Helsinki tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports that the youth wing of the conservative National Coalition Party (NCP) immediately voiced support for the initiative. This group itself issued a call last autumn for legalising the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for self-medication.

Matias Pajula, the chair of the NCP youth organization, late on Sunday urged his party to also update its position on cannabis as soon as possible.

However, there are also other positions within the NCP. Party MP Arto Satonen tweeted that cannabis-related accidents nearly doubled in Colorado in the USA following the legalisation of cannabis. He described the Green’s initiative as further proof that the Greens are “removed from reality”.

The paper also quotes Christian Democratic MP Päivi Räsänen, who also expressed concern about the move by the Greens: “Has Interior Minister (Maria) Ohisalo not listened to the warnings of the police administration she oversees about its consequences? Wrong signal.”

In a bylined analysis, Aamulehti news manager Vesa Laitinen writes that with this decision, the Greens have painted themselves into a corner and assured that they will remain a marginal player in Finnish politics.

He argues that in order to broaden their support, the Greens need no more push on climate or drug policy. Instead, the party needs credible economic and foreign policy, responsible action addressing groups beyond its own core supporters.

Laitinen writes that on the other hand, it is good that party democracy works and that the rank-and-file make their voices heard. It is fair to outsiders, such as potential voters, he says, that initiatives such as this one expose the party’s true colours.

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Unless a more accurate translation would be third position, which would be far, far worse than Blair.

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