Remember the speech below when Timo Soini and the Perussuomalaisiet were riding the crest of a wave after his populist anti-immigration won the parliamentary elections of 2011, when it saw its MPs rise to 39 from 5 in the previous election?
Today as foreign minister of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government, Soini wants to keep as big as distance from the UKIP which he once admired because of that party’s anti-EU stance.
If we look at UKIP today, all we can say is that its leader Nigel Farage made a big impact on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and then imploded.
Moreover, Farage, who is a “person of interest” in FBI investigation concerning US President Donald Trump and his relations with Russia, called Vladimir Putin the leader he most admired, in a 2014 interview.
One matter that Farage and Soini have in common is that they don’t know how to judge their political allies.
From the historic victory of the PS in 2011, the party is being eaten alive today by the very racist and ultranationalistic forces that Soini unleashed.
The story of the UKIP is a bit similar.
The rise and fall of the PS resembles the 1930’s Frankenstein movie: First their is a lot of jubilation because Dr. Frankenstein resurrected a monster from the dead. Just like the PS today, Frankenstein monster ends up killing its creator and is destroyed itself.
Those Frankensteins that Soini gave life to politically are none other but Jussi Halla-aho, Sampo Terho, Olli Immonen, Laura Huhtasaari, Tony Halme, who helped Soini get elected, and a very long list of others.
They are the ones that will end up digging the PS’ grave.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”