Annika Saarikko (center), the new chairman of the center, described her steps for co-operation with the SDP after her election.
According to Saarikko, the party's relationship with other parties has been difficult over the past couple of years.
- I acknowledge, as one of the bearers of responsibility in the last election period, that there was a lot of dissatisfaction among the government with the government, which was perceived as too right-wing.
We were happy with the results, but felt that it was paid too hard.
Concerns about central policy-making are now shared by a different kind of government.
- We feel that this is not the red soil that nostalgia offers us, but a red-green group that is not easy to be in the center with.
According to Saarikko, the same going on in the party will continue unless the center has a clear self-esteem about what themes the center has brought to this government.
He said they were found on the threshold issues set by the center in government negotiations and listed the following: vocational schools, education, family leave reform, employment rate and debt ratio, regional vitality and rural subsidies.
- It forms the soil side of the red soil, let the red ones answer their own, Saarikko tapped.
Husband Erkki Papunen congratulates his wife Annika Saarikko, who has been elected chairman of the center. Photo: Ville Honkonen
According to the recent chairman, it is natural for there to be a cross-party in the government because there are different parties there.
- It is a question of whether the tension becomes a tearing or a so-called creative tension, in which it is felt that we have enough common goals.
I think the strongest common glue between the SDP and the center is work.
Saarikko generously admitted that the parties have different perspectives on the work, but the goal is the same and common.
The unifying factor is the fight against inequality.
- I purposefully make the center a strong axis of power with the Social Democrats.
I represent the thinking where cooperation, moderation and solution-seeking bring about the best things.
That doesn’t mean the center doesn’t stick to its own message.
In the government, many ministers, including the prime minister, had time to change during Saarikko's family leave.
She describes her return as Minister of Science and Culture in early August from a zero to a hundred dives into the deep end of motherhood.
- As to the cooperation with Sanna Marin'm confident.
There are a lot of breeders of the same generation on the board.
All the more reason to think that Matti Vanhanen, as Minister of Finance, represents experience and thus brings perspective and depth.
Center chairman Annika Saarikko (right) and new vice chairmen Riikka Pakarinen (left), Petri Honkonen and Markus Lohi.Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva
According to Saarikko, it would be worth listening to more of the experience in society, it is still not out of the fact that the enthusiasm of youth is evil.
Saarikko suggested that in the future, the government make the same insensitive monitoring in terms of the economy and employment as in the monitoring of the corona health crisis.
- Five to seven metrics are needed to monitor the situation.
This was done during the last government term under the leadership of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Central).
At that time, decisions on new actions were always made on the basis of an assessment of the situation.
The results in that regard speak for themselves.
According to Saarikko, the indicators will enable the government to strengthen the common picture.
According to Saarikko, the indicators could be, for example, the unemployment rate, the employment rate, the gross domestic product, public debt, foreign trade and investments in research and development.
In his own season, Sipilä followed his success with the so-called traffic light model.
One of them was the sote reform, which collapsed.
The light thus did not change from red to green.
The new President of the Center looked towards the budget crisis in the light of his own experience.
The government’s budget brawl is imminent next week.
- With the experience I have of dealing with common issues, I have not been involved in any of the easy budget negotiations.
Saarikko considers the center to be a lot of guards in the government.
He considers half to represent Finland, for which activity, diligence and entrepreneurship mean, but that cannot be the only goal.
- The economy is not a goal, it is an instrument.
The corona crisis must not lead to worsening inequality and incompetence.
This government will also be required to take fair and correct social policy action.