PS’ Halla-aho eyes party leadership

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Perussuomalaiset (PS) party far-right anti-immigration wing leader, MP Jussi Halla-aho, confirmed that he’s not ruling out vying for chairman of the radical populist party, according to MTV3, citing the Subin Enbuske & Linnanahde Crew TV show. 

”I’m in parliament and city council because enough people want me in these places,” he said, ”if they want me in some other place, I could even consider such a request.”

Apart from their racism and far-right ideology, politicians like Halla-aho are chronic narcissists, who score brownie points with voters by bashing weaker and more vulnerable groups in society.

The aim of these politicians is simple: do everything possible to hinder integration, acceptance and make life as difficult as possible for Finland’s newcomers and visible immigrants.

PS chairman Timo Soini has been a key factor in bringing such politicians to roost in Finland. He has given them a political voice through his party.

I pointed out in a recent blog entry that if I had the opportunity to draw a cartoon about Soini’s relationship with these far-right politicians, the setting would be a concentration camp in World War 2 with some infamous commandants like Rudolf Hoess and Franz Ziereis, hiding behind the PS leader.

Soini would state with a poker face: “Anti-Semitism isn’t an issue in our party.”

  1. Happy

    I saw a recent picture of this guy on Facebook, during a recent trip he made to New York. I had to pose for a second. Why would he take his family to a city as racially diverse as the city of New York. How would he react if some of the non-whites or “lesser races” he saw there opted to move to Finland permanently?
    I have never fully understood the reasons why some educated persons like halla aho would stoop so low in order to denigrate others on the basis of their race, especially when these persons of other races move to their “territories” (in this instance, Finland). One has to wonder, how will halla aho react if someone the status of Barack Obama, decided to move with his family to Finland after his term as US president is over? If as I suspect he pretends to not care, or suggests that President Obama is a successful black man, then one has to further ask, what will it take for these racists to get over it? Should the immigrant have a special social status becoming moving here? How about those non-whites who were born here, are they required to be born with a social status certificate? Shouldn’t they be given a chance instead to make in Finland rather than attacking them for possessing a skin color they can’t change?

  2. Farang

    Happy, you have some holes in your logic.

    1: What does a finn (Halla-aho) visiting in another country got to do with a person from another county moving permanently to Finland?

    2: Halla-aho, and also most of the immigration critics, don’t oppose immigration based on skin colour. They have no problems with immigrants who move here on their own expense and take care of themselves and their family. But they do oppose people moving here to live on our society’s expense, taking everything for free.

    There is a clear difference, and it has nothing to do with colour, religion, race, or whatsoever. That’s why it’s absurd that some people dare to claim that people who think like that are racists.

  3. Happy

    Farrang
    – I don’t see any missing logic in the issue I raised: why would he even bother visiting a multicultural city when at home, he is completely opposed to multiculturalism? By what standard do you judge halla-aho? Why will it be a problem for halla-aho if any of non-white residents in New York where he was visiting decided to move to Finland permanently? His past behavior at home tells us that he will be opposed; because he doesn’t believe in multiculturalism.
    – am I to believe that the reason halla-aho is opposed to immigrants in Finland is because they don’t take care of themselves? You do believe that don’t you.
    – I can see you are willing to give him a pass on his racist positions just to defend him!

    History tells us that Hitler hated Jews. If Hitler had gone to Israel on a holiday, researchers would (while considering his atrocities against the Jews) all be asking WHY? So am I with regards to halla-aho.

  4. Farang

    Happy, either you don’t get the point, or you intentionally dodge it.

    You seem to put all immigrants in one group and refuse to see the differences. Do you understand the difference between A) immigrant moving to finland, taking care of his own expenses and providing his family, having job here etc. and B) immigrant moving to finland to live off welfare?

    You can’t say that halla-aho opposes immigration. He opposes certain kind of immigration and in my above example, he opposes immigrant who fits my example B. He has no problem with immigrant who fits my example A.

    You can’t generalise that if someone opposes certain kind of immigration that he would oppose all kinds of immigation. That is just simply not true. It is like Enrique said above, he would like to have so called super-immigrants.

    And this is where our opinions differ. In my opinion and propably Halla-ahos, it is a good thing if we get only “super-immigrants”. But in your opinion and propably Enrique’s that is wrong.

    So let’s all be honest and admit that this is the thing that we disagree. Then we can concentrate on the actual issue instead of talking rubbish about someone hating ALL the immigrants.

    • Happy

      Farrang
      You certainly are a worthy advocate of halla-aho!! Your argument is that halla-aho supports skilled migration. halla-aho has said that Somalians who have migrated to Finland either voluntarily or as refugees abuse the welfare state (forgive me for not knowing how); and Hiirvisaari is on record saying that black people arrive at Finland’s border knowing only one word: KELA. If the arguments you have made for halla-aho are correct, then ALL Somalis and by extension, ALL blacks living in Finland are not contributing to the Finnish economy. Rather, they are all takers. This contradicts the defense you have advanced for halla-aho.

      “He has no problem with immigrant who fits my example A”

      Basically, if all the immigrants in Finland were somehow in “category A” the bigotry and use of racist language against immigrants by halla-aho and his supporters would stop. You believe that don’t you? By arguing that he supports “example A” immigrants and not “example B” ones, halla-aho and people who support him like you, are attempting to insulate yourselves from positions you know are borne of fear of “others”.
      How many Finns who listen to halla-aho will bother to hear the detailed and complex explanation you laid out in his defense?

      Am not talking rubbish. You are! By desperately trying to justify the racism and prejudice being spread by halla-aho and his crew, you are equally exposing your own fears of these immigrants by claiming you want “super immigrants”. Once you have only “super immigrants”, you will again shift the poles. What you can’t defend is the fact that his rise has also seen a rise in racist tendencies against visible immigrants in Finland. You can further defend him by saying there is no such evidence. Well, say that to the Supreme court justices who convicted him of racism

  5. D4R

    I saw Enbuske show and i was amazed by the clappings Halla Aho was receiving. Isn’t this guy a hatecrime confict? how come this guy was on tv receiving airtime and such love and support by the Finns in the audience? something is seriously wrong in the country if the foreign hateret has gone this far. The only reason why this guy is running the show is of his notoriouse racism and hateret towards Blacks and moslims.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Hi D4R, I think this Enbuske guy is a bit too friendly with these characters like Halla-aho. It’s a funny relationship because these people who spread racism get a platform. How many TV talk-show hosts invite people like David Duke and member of the USAmerican Nazi Party on their show because the public is “fascinated” by their views. Finland is still flirting with these guys but in the United States they are a bad joke.

  6. Jssk

    Hi D4R, I think this Enbuske guy is a bit too friendly with these characters like Halla-aho.

    Halla-aho has right to present his opinion and people have a right to support him.

    Tell me, how Enbuske should have acted in the talkshow?

    • Enrique Tessieri

      –Halla-aho has right to present his opinion and people have a right to support him.

      Hey, why doesn’t Enbuske invite David Duke to his next show? Why don’t we start bashing women and water down their rights? I’m all for “free” speech.

      Enbuske is a Kokoomus-spirited talk-show host with very conservative ideas about immigrants. He uses people like Halla-aho on his show to raise his ratings in the same way that Halla-aho uses Enbuske to feed his narcism and remain in the news. It’s a you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch yours situation brought together by mutual opportunism.

  7. Farang

    Am not talking rubbish. You are! By desperately trying to justify the racism and prejudice being spread by halla-aho and his crew, you are equally exposing your own fears of these immigrants by claiming you want “super immigrants”. Once you have only “super immigrants”, you will again shift the poles. What you can’t defend is the fact that his rise has also seen a rise in racist tendencies against visible immigrants in Finland. You can further defend him by saying there is no such evidence. Well, say that to the Supreme court justices who convicted him of racism

    Actually that is nonsense. I am not defending Halla-aho’s racism, simply because he is not racist. In different forums people have be challenged to show even one racist thing that Halla-aho has said. Yet everyone have failed to show them.

    People just like to call him racist, because he doesn’t want foreigner to come here and abuse our system. That is not racism.

    And why people like me are supporting Halla-aho? Because we don’t want to pay for foreigners living. It’s just pure crap to work my ass off and give part of my salary to people who don’t want to work themselves. I’m already pissed to pay for the finns who live off welfare so I definitely oppose the importing of these people from abroad.

    And what comes to the supreme court judgement, that was just a most clear proof that those judges are unqualified to work as judges.

    • Mark

      Farang

      Actually that is nonsense. I am not defending Halla-aho’s racism, simply because he is not racist.

      He’s a convicted racist. He’s been found guilty of racism and religious bigotry. He’s clearly an islamaphobe and his contribution to the Neuva vaalimanifeesti clearly identifies him as a fascist. I think ‘racist’ is only a small portion of his extremism. What he wrote about his court case and his justifications and excuses for writing what he did clearly do not stand up to scrutiny. He is not out for serious debate, but merely to defame and make racial inferences. His political program has many strong parallels with national socialism.

      His political tactics are straight out of Hitler’s own handbook! Not that I expect you to know much about that, or are you actually a student of Hitler?

  8. Jssk

    Hey, why doesn’t Enbuske invite David Duke to his next show? Why don’t we start bashing women and water down their rights? I’m all for “free” speech.

    Because David Duke is not anywhere near as important here as he is in USA. I wouldnt have anything against Enbuske inviting him though. I for one dont see any reason to bash women or to water down their rights. If one chooses to bash women, he mostly makes a fool out of himself.

    Enbuske is a Kokoomus-spirited talk-show host with very conservative ideas about immigrants. He uses people like Halla-aho on his show to raise his ratings in the same way that Halla-aho uses Enbuske to feed his narcism and remain in the news. It’s a you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch yours situation brought together by mutual opportunism.

    Every politician needs publicity to be succesful. I dont think Halla-aho feeds his narcism by attending to talk shows or interviews. Though i understand you like to blackpaint him with every possible buzzword you can find.

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