”I have been an upright man, a man of good posture, but I have had to bend to a lot of demands in the interest of the nation. There was never time to ask for permission from all sides. I have had to weigh the consequences myself. I too in my time could be a strict man when called for. I never condone laziness. Everyone is the master of their own fate. But that has nothing to do with national socialism even though I had to call a Germany’s assistance to protect the future of Finland. It was unavoidable. This has been really hard to accept in some quarters…”