Criticism of the government in Finland has transgressed standard opposition talk.
Today the main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat published an interview of the Chancellor of Justice Jaakko Jonkka. One of his main tasks is to supervise the lawfulness of the official acts of the government. His comments suggested in calm but clear manner that the current government has repeatedly sidestepped constitutional considerations when making law proposals in the parliament.
These kinds of problems have been pointed out before. The news today was that a supreme guardian of the law, as the Chancellor of Justice is officially defined, draws these conclusions.
Various respected professors of law and political science seemed astonished. For example, professor Göran Djupsund suggested that the government might need to step down for reasons of respect for rule of law.
Professor Kimmo Grönlund tweeted an interesting observation: he noticed that various members of the (right-wing) Coalition Party, now in government, also seem to worry about the way the government acts.
I am not suggesting that an all-out constitutional crisis would have emerged. Yet, there are increasing reasons to believe that the current government has been violating rule of law and respect for constitution in ways that seem exceptional in recent Finnish history.