Finally Perussuomalaiset (PS) chairman, Timo Soini, has met his match Wednesday on the BBC’s HARDtalk. The Finnish media should take notes on how BBC journalist Stephen Sackur doesn’t let Soini off the hook when it comes to racism. In a short part of the interview, Saucker reveals Soini and the PS for what they are: a sham and a party that treats racism with kid gloves.
The last time that Soini got thrown a good question was not by Finnish journalists but by high school students in Järvenpää during the presidential election.
Here is the link.
My favorite question by Sackur to Soini: “Is there a strand of racism inside your party?”
Soini: “No. I’m a Catholic Christian by definition, I cannot be a racist.”
Sackur: “I’m not sure that would convince everyone listening to this interview. Is there a strand of racism inside your party?”
Soini: “No I don’t hate anybody, nobody is hated by the Finns Party…Of course there are one or two outbursts but we have 19% out of people voting for us…If there are some individuals or even some MPs you cannot personally be in charge.”
Sackur: “You’re a leader. That’s your job. ”
Soini: “That is my job I’m not a kindergarten [teacher]…”
Sackur: “You have 39 MPs and you are saying it’s simply impossible to ensure that none come up with a racist statement?”
And a little later on Saucker brings up PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen and his use of the n-word in Finland which is “completely unacceptable and racist.”
Soini: “I said [to Hakkarainen] don’t use that kind of [racist] language.”
Sackur: “Why didn’t you fire him?”
Soini: “Why should I?”
Saucker: “Because if people use that sort of completely derogatory word towards people of a different race it suggests that they are racist.”
Soini: “Yes, but he hasn’t said he’s a racist and I don’t believe he is a racist.”
Sackur: “So if you use that kind of language, inflammatory language, then deny you’re a racist, that’s ok.”
Soini: “That’s not ok . You should be improving in your behavior.”