By Enrique Tessieri
Are the Perssuomalaiset (PS) party to blame for checkmating the status quo in Finland on April 17? Or is it a more general and worrying symptom of how Finnish society is changing and how some believe it is now ok to be a racist and hostile to other groups?
There is no return to the old Finland we knew before the April election. Even so, one of the most worrying aspects of the change we are witnessing today is that some political parties and politicians believe that racism and exclusion of other groups are perfectly fine.
There is nothing normal about xenophobia and hate speech.
It would be a very sad day in Finland if the majority of the voting population, fuelled and incited by more xenophobic diatribe in the worst populist tradition, would accept to put our nobel values of social justice for all in cold storage and accept as normal the racism and hatred that is openly spreading within our society.
The battle is not against the PS but what it represents generally in our society and how some want to make normal social ills such as racism. Some politicians in the PS like Timo Soini and others are mere opportunists reaping the fruits that fear-mongering, racism and xenophobia awakens in too many of us.