Comment: I once sat next to True Finns elected MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala at a panel last year and was disappointed that such a young man had his head stuck stuck so deep in prejudice. Saarakkala, who is vice chairman of the True Finns, was one of the thirteen who signed last year the Nuiva immigration proposal, which was drafted by the far-right Suomen Sisu wing of the True Finns.
Helsingin Sanomat recently reported that some of the books that Suomen Sisu has on its shelves are by Nazi war criminal Alfred Rosenberg and David Duke, the former head of the Klu Klux Klan.
Another “threat” that Saarakkala sees Finland facing is art. In an interview in Helsingin Sanomat below, he reiterates that the state should stop funding post-modern art. He feels that more funds should be earmarked for art that strengthens Finnish identity. These include the Kalevala and artists like Edelfelt, Gallen-Kallela and Sibelius, which he felt are losing ground in Finland.
Thanks to Saarakkala and the True Finns, this blog has never seen such a growth in daily hits. Thousands have visited us recently, even publications like Time magazine have cited Migrant Tales.
The aim of this blog “is to debate some of the salient issues facing the immigrant and minority community in Finland. It aims to be a voice for those whose views and situation are understood poorly and heard faintly by the media, politicians and public.”
With the True Finns having entered the political landscape now, that voice is needed more than ever.
Perussuomalaisten eduskuntavaaliohjelmassa on poliittiseksi ohjelmaksi harvinaisen pitkä kulttuuripoliittinen osio. Kulttuuri on 14-osaisen ohjelman alussa heti aatelinjausten jälkeen – siis paljon ennen talous- tai sosiaalipoliittisia osioita. Kulttuurista kirjassa kirjoitetaan yhtä paljon kuin veropolitiikasta.