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Alex Stubb’s Kingi-sized mistake

Lissu Moulton
Blogit Kirjeitä äidille 1.3.2015 20:57

Dear Mom,

What kind of Prime Minister tweets about a TV show when the rest of the world – especially the rest of the political world – is in total shock and mourning over the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov?!

Alex Stubb.

People here are totally freaking out about a tweet Stubb posted on Saturday night saying: “After a hard week, it was nice to relax and watch #Kingi. I had a great laugh. Still smiling. It really is entertaining. Amazing bunch.”

“What a moron”, “I hate him”, and “It would be funny if it wasn’t so scary” are just a few of the comments I’ve seen. Stubb happened to tweet about Kingi at exactly the same time Sweden’s ex-Prime Minister and ex-Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted his condolences. Yeah, it looked kinda’ bad. But Stubb had already released a statement hours earlier.

Like most people – including the thousands of people who marched in rainy Moscow today – I’m saddened, outraged and scared by Nemtsov’s murder. I mean, God (and no, I’m not referring to Putin) only knows how far Russia could go. And for Finns and everyone else living next door, that’s a particularly scary thought. That said, I’m still planning to watch and enjoy Homeland tonight.

I spent eight years getting a Masters degree in politics. One of the biggest things I took away from all those lectures and the thousands of pages I read (and my internships at the White House and U.N., I might add) is that to be a good politician you also have to spend time doing things outside of politics. Because when all is said and done, that’s really what politics is all about – life.

Personally, what worries me isn’t that Stubb was watching Kingi while the world was focused on Nemtsov’s death. It’s that he actually finds it funny! But I guess the millions of Finns out there who agree with him can’t be wrong (well… yes they can).

And to Alex, I’d say what Teddy Roosevelt once said: “The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.”

And isn’t that what Twitter is, after all?



Lissu Moulton

Kirjoittaja on New Yorkissa varttunut ja Helsingissä naisistunut copywriter.


You propose Stubb to have a life and when he does you blame him for it.

No ei. Vaan pointti oli täysin päinvastainen.

” My internships at the White House and U.N”
Who was then in charge of the White House? We all remember a former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Carl Bildt and Alex are both real eager tweeting beavers so it is a trite topic and used by the yellow press.

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