Haglund continues to challenge Soini on his broken campaign promises on racism

by , under Enrique

The rift between Perussuomalaiset (PS) chairman Timo Soini and Carl Haglund, head of the Swedish People’s Party, reveals an ongoing David and Goliath duel where Soini is showing his true autocratic colors. Haglund challenged Soini last week to an open debate on racism after the PS leader was grilled on HARDtalk about this festering issue.   

Soini said in 2009 that he would sack any member from the party, especially an MP, if they were convicted for ethnic agitation.

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As a result of Haglund’s challenge, Soini has refused to sit at the same table with him never mind have a debate about racism, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The PS leader even refuses to answer questions from journalists about the matter.

“He made a clear campaign promise, which he hasn’t kept,” Haglund was quoted as saying on Helsingin Sanomat. “After that he hasn’t accepted to comment about the criticism concerning his broken campaign promise but only repeated [in public] that he’s not a racist.”

Haglund, who is defense minister as well, said that the reason why the bigger parties haven’t challenged Soini on his broken campaign promise and racism  is because they fear the PS will continue to eat away at their support.

Migrant Tales asked the same question and gave roughly the same answer as Haglund on a March 3 blog entry.

We responded:  “The answer [why the big parties are so silent] is pretty obvious. There are two answers to this question: the biggest parties are too afraid to do so and/or silently agree with many of the populist policies of the PS.” The silence of the biggest parties has not undermined the PS’ popularity but helped it grow.

Thanks to the PS and its leader Soini, we have today given a political voice to a record number of racists, Islamophobes, immigrantphobes, isolationists, anti-EU supporters, male chauvinists, homophobes, neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. Certainly that’s something to be worried about if you are attempting to build a society based on acceptance and harmony.

Is this is the brand of “Christianity” that Soini wants to promote in Finland?   We certainly hope it isn’t but that’s what it looks like.

Migrant Tales raises its hat once again to Haglund for pressing Soini for some answers on his broken election promises.

 

 

 

  1. Farang

    While I agree that Soini has promised a certain promise, I don’t understand this fuss around “soini breaking a campaign promise”. Let’s face it, there isn’t a single party which doesn’t constantly break campaign promises made before elections. Therefore picking Soini about this is quite childish.

    Why don’t Haglund just challenge the racism in PS straight forward and not loop it via a campaign promise?

    In my opinion racism should be challenged in every case, not only because of a promise. Now Haglund (slightly) implies that it would be OK for Soini to have racists in the party if he hadn’t made the promise. Thus, the campaign promise should be irrelevant in this case.

  2. Mark

    Farang

    Now Haglund (slightly) implies that it would be OK for Soini to have racists in the party if he hadn’t made the promise.

    Ugh….no!

    Rather, it implies that PS rarely take the racism accusation seriously, and even when they appear to, it seems that this is not something they can be trusted on!

  3. Jssk

    Are you equating people who are against european union with neonazis and racists? I dont see how being against EU, or some aspects of it is reprehensible in any way.

    • Mark

      Jssk

      Are you equating people who are against european union with neonazis and racists?

      Hmmm. Let me think about that for a moment! Answer – NO!

      Are you trying to say that PS have only one policy, which is to oppose membership of the EU? Are you suggesting that no-one in the party has anything at all to do with racism or fascism?

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Jssk, do you know of any other party in Finland that wants us to leave the EU and the euro? But the mystery is that we really don’t know because the PS change every day. Even so, there are some matters that are pretty constant: they are anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam.

  4. Jssk

    Jssk

    Hmmm. Let me think about that for a moment! Answer – NO!

    Are you trying to say that PS have only one policy, which is to oppose membership of the EU? Are you suggesting that no-one in the party has anything at all to do with racism or fascism?

    Of course there might be racists of fascists in the party, im not denying that at all. PS doesnt have racist policies though. The members that let out clearly racist statements are pissing on their own shoes. But im not going to start a long debate about what is racist of not, because our views of that seem to differ very much.

  5. Jssk

    Jssk, do you know of any other party in Finland that wants us to leave the EU and the euro?

    Well SKP for example opposes the growing power of EU. The fact that there is eurosceptic parties shows that a relatively large amount of finns are against EU or some aspects of it. I dont see it as a bad thing. PS is somewhat divided on the immigration matters, only a tiny minority are actually against immigration instead of striving to change the immigration policies in one way or another.

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