Finnish parliament and the big picture

In the latest Kanava, Matti Wiberg delivers an observation I can fully agree with:

Kids are taught in the school that the parliament decides on the big picture and the bureaucracy focuses on details. In fact, it may be the other way around: civil servants decide on principles, and the parliament mainly deals with irrelevant side-issues.

He motivates that conclusion by finding out that 40% of the parliament’s lawmaking activities are about changing one random paragraph in a given statute. If you work with such crap, you just don’t have time to focus on the relevant issues.