Kanerva on a trip

Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva, that master of metaphor, said (fi) he expects the government's next foreign policy report will be "like an appropriate travel brochure". According to the bard of Lokalahti,

They describe the travel destination and tell what sort of people usually go there. Additionally they give the price and information on the travel route. And when it's a question of a group trip, the brochures should be available to all. Few of us make decisions on our trips without having sufficient basic facts and evaluating them, so this must also apply to our NATO relationship.

[...] Finland's NATO membership discussion seems to have passed the Combed Ware period; the Iron Age looms, but there's still some way to go to the information society.

What I want to know is, does NATO membership have air conditioning?

The speech is even better in the original Finnish. Kanerva has a wonderful way of mixing old-fashioned, idiosyncratic terms into politicians' usual technocratic language. Such nuances are difficult to translate, alas.

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