A recent poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat reveals an important trend: How the National Coalition Party and the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* are in a semi-tailspin mode. The Center Party continues to strengthen its position as the most popular party among voters with the Social Democrats slowly but surely overpassing the National Coalition Party.
Certainly this is an opinion poll but what does it say about the April 2015 parliamentary elections?
For one it predicts a disastrous election for the PS and a clear disappointment for the National Coalition Party.
As Migrant Tales has stated earlier, the PS is in a totally different ball park than before the 2011 elections, when it scored its historic election victory. Back then they were the only anti-EU and openly hostile option to immigration.
The Center Party (Kesk) is clearly in the lead with the National Coalition Party (Kok), Social Democrats (SDP) and PS trailing.
What can you say about a populist party like the PS that bases its popularity on spreading hatred and feeding the suspicion of likeminded voters? What does the PS reveal about Finland and intolerance? It shows a country that has lost its way and which still doesn’t grasp that intolerance and racism are toxic social ills what will end up impoverishing this country.
Skilled workers and foreign investment will be discouraged from coming to Finland at a time when we need these two matters the most today.
The PS experiment will not only rob Finland time but be exceptionally expensive costing billions of euros in losses in the way of new jobs, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Populist nativist nationalism is Finland’s greatest threat.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The 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.