Monday, January 09, 2006

Hangin´ with the kids

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The Finnish public broadcaster YLE showed yesterday a show where the presidential candidates were competing in teams formed from two candidates and two kids. Amusing and entertaining, I must say. The most interesting factor was seeing how the candidates interacted with the kids. So this is what one must choose from:

Sauli Niinistö (National Coalition, Conservatives, 2nd based on polls): awkward uncle who was embarrassed and wanted to get out of the kids’ room

Henrik Lax (Swedish-speaking party): jolly uncle who took the kids
seriously, sort of a godfather-like approach

Bjarne Kallis (Christian Democrats): older uncle, nice and harmless

Heidi Hautala (Greens): godmother who always means well and buys pegagogically useful presents but speaks a different language than the kids

Tarja Halonen (Social Democrats, current president): aunt who attempts to be nice to the kids but in the end mainly speaks to the parents

Timo Soini (True Finns, populist party): father who takes no crap and tells how things should be done

Matti Vanhanen (Centre party, current prime ministeri): supportive and energetic father

Arto Lahti (independent candidate): father´s awkward and stiff colleague who comes unexpectedly for a visit


Maria said...

And all those brats were at pre-screening here in our office, while I was WORKING.

Well, it was a good project, and colleagues here inventing this concept did a fabulous job.

Me being the irritated chainsmoking auntie...

Tommi Laitio said...

Maria, Maria. It would have been great if they also would have done a programme with youngsters. But you cannot have it all. I would have found it interesting if they would have been forced to answer questions from NGO youth as well as immigrant youngsters.