Aland-blog on language policy

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon Mar 26 13:45:57 UTC 2007

Loss of Confidence?

The story currently waiting to break here on Aland concerns the result of
a no-confidence vote in the provinces Education and Culture Minister,
Camilla Gunell, which I read is going to be tabelled on Monday. As so
often on land, it all boils down to different attitudes to Finnish.
Camilla has come under pressure because she's been critical of a committee
charged with producing a rapport on which the provincial government could
base its language policy programme. Unfortunately, the Provincial Prime
Minister, Roger Nordlund, was the chairmen of the committee, and he and
Camilla had an, apparently, heated exchange over it in the Lagting.

The Independent group (conservative Aland-nationalists) have seen a chance
to bring the whole provincial government crashing down. They hope, no
doubt, that a beautiful, new provincial government will be reborn. They
also hope, of course, that some of them will be in it, and, almost as
importantly, that there won't been any social democrats in it. I think its
unlikely (but hey, Ive been wrong before) because there is an agreed
policy, which Camilla and Roger have both backed. Some of the opposition,
the Liberals, agree with Camilla too, so you'd think it would be tough for
them to vote against her. That means you'd need a whole scale desertion by
one or both of the parties in the coalition government for the vote to be
lost. I really can't see how they could justify it.


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