By Enrique Tessieri
The sooner we comprehend as a society that the far-right wing of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party led by MP Jussi Halla-aho and his cronies are a threat to our Nordic way of life the better. There are already clear signs that this group of MPs in the PS has not only become a thorn in Timo Soini’s side but is being shunned by other political parties and the public.
Who would have thought that a groups of anti-immigrant fanatics that twirled the Finnish media and dazzled the public with the racist statements before the April election would see their wings severely clipped today?
Former Prime Minister and Social Democrat presidential hopeful, Paavo Lipponen, blasted Sunday Halla-aho and his followers, which he called “far-right extremists.” Center Party head Mari Kiviniemi was quoted as saying on Monday’s Helsingin Sanomat that cooperation in the opposition with the PS has been “spoiled” by the far-right wing of that party.
Apart from being under close scrutiny by the Finnish media and public, these group of far-right extremists probably never imagined the stiff opposition they’d face as MPs especially after the mass killings in Norway by Anders Breivik on July 22.
Halla-aho’s style is pretty easy to predict: He enjoys jolting the public by surprise with his provocative statements. Before his suggestion that Greece should install a military junta to quell protesters, he had said that “multiculturalism sucks ass.”
Certainly Halla-aho, who is chairman of the important administration committee of parliament, which sets among other matters immigration policy, “multiculturalism” is only a policy that permits Muslims and non-Europeans from moving to Finland and Europe. He does not tell you that multiculturalism is a social policy used in Canada, Britain and Australia to integrate immigrants.
One of the biggest mistakes that Halla-aho and his followers have made is that they believe in their own racism and lies.
The so-called immigrant-critical group of the PS led by Halla-aho is made up of the following MPs: James Hirvisaari, Juho Eerola, Olli Immonen, Ari Jalonen and Maria Lohela.