A recent poll commissioned by YLE shows that the anti-immigration True Finns Party would gain 10.1% of the votes if an election were held today. It is the first time that 10% of respondents have given their voting preference to the True Finns.
The poll showed that the conservative National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) topped all other parties at 23%, followed by the Social Democrats (20.5%) and the Center Party (19.7%).
Should we be worried about the poll results? Not at all.
If the True Finns get a landslide victory in the April 2011 parliamentary elections, it would give Finns the opportunity to see once and for all how irrational and reckless their political platform is.
A victory by the True Finns would also do wonders to our foreign policy and be a real lure for labor immigrants since it would be based on xenophobia. Such a narrow-minded view of the world would, however, embolden immigrants in this country to take ever-stronger stands against the populist rhetoric and usual political baloney put out by the True Finns and other political parties.
The one-sided debate and insults hurled against immigrants by some representatives of Finnish political parties explains why immigrants are planning to establish their parliament in the fall.
One of the problems in Finland is that some lack the ability to call a spade a spade. For example, Juho Rahkonen of Taloustutkimus interpreted the better showing of the True Finns in the YLE poll on “stronger conservative principles.”
I would interpret it as a more xenophopbic-populist reaction to the outside world. Since we are in a recession, it is easy to blame Greece and/or immigrants for our problems.
Scapegoats are always convenient to bring out.