What has happened to National Coalition Party (NCP) Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb? In March 2011 he took a strong stand against the xenophobia that was and still is gripping Finland.
He characterized over four years ago, when he was foreign minister, Finland’s ongoing debate on immigration and immigrants as “oppressive,” according to tabloid Iltalehti.
Today, I must admit that Stubb is a huge disappointment. From giving the image of being open-minded to diversity he now seems more like a politician interested in power and personal gain than the interests of everyone living in Finland never mind Europe.
Imagine, he became part of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* anti-EU chorus that wanted Greece out of the euro.
Instead of jumping on PS bandwagons why doesn’t Stubb speak out against the “oppressive” atmosphere against Swedish-speaking Finns who are moving to Sweden because they don’t feel welcome in this country?
With politicians like Stubb, who should know better, Foreign Minister Timo Soini and Prime Minister Jari Sipilä, where is Finland heading?
Even if politicians will sell their ideals like eager used car salesmen, there will always be us who will not forget the reckless path these politicians have placed us on.
That path spells isolation, petty natonalism with a very strong dose of “us” and “them” in the toxic mix.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names 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.