Finland’s political parties, including the Perussuomalaiset (PS), have a golden opportunity to show leadership and make a clear break from Jussi Halla-aho and his Suomen Sisu association followers. We’ll be back, however, to square one if Halla-aho’s heir-apparent, Juho Eerola, becomes the new chairman of the administration committee of parliament.
Suomen Sisu is an extremist association that discourages Finns from marrying foreigners, especially those with African or Muslim backgrounds.
Suomen Sisu discourages Finns from marrying foreigners. Source: Vallan vahtikoira.
What value can an anti-immigration politician like MP Eerola bring to the administration committee, which sets, among other matters, immigration policy?
Eerola claims that he has enough experience to be the chairman of such an important committee because he has worked at a refugee center in Kotka. The PS MP is a practical nurse by profession who has done a number of odd jobs to survive before he was elected to parliament last year.
Apart from his unimpressive qualifications and experience to chair the administration committee, one of the matters that should set alarm bells ringing are Eerola’s extremist political views. These are well-known. He once wrote that he liked Benito Mussolini’s economic system because there was full employment.
His views of a dictator like Mussolini and the corporatist state that maintained him in power reveals more ignorance than anything else. How much employment was there in Italy after Mussolini’s policies and political world view brought so much devastation and suffering to the country?
Eerola wasn’t too concerned last year when his aide, Ulla Pyysalo, was found on a membership list of the Suomen Kansalinen Vastarinta, a neo-Nazi association.
There has been too much complacency by political parties to a small extremist group within the PS led by Halla-aho. Finland and its political parties have today the opportunity to offer leadership by giving a clear thumbs down to Eerola and begin the process of isolating Halla-aho and his cronies.
There is a clear message in our actions: Finland will not tolerate people who want to exclude others because of their ethnic background.