In the face of the growing scandal about harvesting our personal data by groups like Cambridge Analytica and others, there is a question that needs investigating and answering: Did the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, particularly Matias Turkkila and his hate-site Hommaforum gang, use the same tactics to give the PS its historic victory in 2011?
The fact that nobody has carried an in-depth investigation if the there was collusion raises a lot of questions.
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The fact we have no answers on how the Internet was used to give the anti-immigration populist and the far-right an ever-louder voice in Finland, reveals a lot about the problem and our state of denial and political naïvety. We need answers.
We don’t appear to care or still have a clue reveal that our Nordic welfare values and sense of fairness – if it ever existed – could fall from grace in the same way as when the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991 after 74 years of existence.
The PS rose from a fringe party in 2011 by gaining 39 MPs from just 5 MPs in the previous election. How is this possible except that admitting the PS carried out a very effective campaign? The fact that the major parties in Finland failed to challenge the PS and eventually permitted it in government reveals how vulnerable we are as a society.
Even if the far-right party has suffered a significant blow in the polls it doesn’t mean that this threat to our democracy is over.
To challenge it we need to expose groups like the PS, Blue Reform, and others.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity. One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic.
A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.