Date: Apr 30th, 2013
Motion: THW cancel First of May due to a surfeit of trash and disruptive behaviour that irritate too many
Role: MP (opp.)
Jussi Lähde wrote in the Other national tabloid that according to him, there should be no First of May (open link for story). The day has degenerated into such a bacchanal that it no longer carries the cachet of Student Romance and working man’s Political Protest. Namely, all that there is left is drinking and debauchery, in their cheap and pedestrian version.
Those words of Mr. Lähde could be those of a mild agoraphobe with a slight panic disorder; a person, who cannot tolerate wide open spaces crammed with unruly, rowdy people. Sometimes this feeling may hit any person, either abroad or at home in Finland.
The chaotic aspects of the surrounding behaviour may make it worse, but alienation from one’s nation must be the root cause and reason for any outburst against public holidays and festivities and celebrations. Why would someone otherwise feel bad about a red-letter, feel-good day?
If one has three things,
a) Friends, b) a Mission or Something to Do and c) Alcohol, First of May is no problem. First one meets those friends. Then one drinks that booze (and never stops doing so, carrying some and buying more at every opportunity). Then one finds something to do, or someOne to do. (Wink wink.)
Conversely, if all of these things are missing and there is merely idle sightseeing and loitering and drifting to do, an estrangement will ensue for sure. This has been proven subjectively to and by some unhappy May Day castaways and outcasts. So, consequently, do not fall prey to that feeling but fix your First of May well in advance.
First of May means many things to many people. Therefore, it could and should not be cancelled or removed from the almanac. A change of aspect or point of view makes all the difference. In fact, First of May could be turned into a bona-fide carnival, in exaggeration of its ”irritating” traits. What if it was like Carnival in Rio, with all the trappings of a charade and parade that inform that Event? We could have a very different take on the day. We could regard it as a masquerade, parade and charade and blow some more life into it, certainly.
This could be the future of First of May — a bright future for an event that has strong roots in tradition. In order to achieve that, I admit that the intake of alcohol should be reined in and restricted to some extent. There should be more sobriety in order for us to be able to coreograph all the moves better. But then again, wouldn’t it be sweet be get laid on May Day instead of just getting drunk? Or stoned? Or magically metamorphosed (into a butterfly?)
Arvio: Nenäkäs mutta analyyttinen puhe vaikuttaa pinnalliselta. Analyyttinen ote on syvemmällä. Puheessa otetaan vastapuolta hyvin huomioon aluksi mutta yritetään sitten kiepauttaa heidät ympäri ja mattoon. Lopun karnevalisointiesitys saattaa mennä liian pitkälle vastakkaiseen suuntaan, mutta tärkeintä on ajaa juhlapäivän asiaa.