True Finns will embolden immigrants in Finland

by , under All categories, Enrique

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.

  1. Osmo

    It is not the present problems that is represented by immigration, notably Muslim Immigration, but what the results will be in the not so distant future.

    Muslims have boasted that they will be in the majority in Europe within 20 years due to the fact that Europeans don’t want to make babies, Muslims do. How would you like Shariah Law in Finland? How about abolishing the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Finland? How about freedom of speech, or religion? All these will be…history. You don’t believe it? Well just watch the population counts in the coming years and believe! And guess what? Who will be to blame, the Muslims? No, it will be…you.

  2. Tiwaz

    -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.”

    And I would interpret it as backlash to idiotic and far too lenient attitude towards unintegrating immigrants.

    This is warning for immigrants. Finns can be abused, insulted and violated only so long. And that limit is arriving.

    PS rise is clear warning shot to both traditional parties and immigrants. Finns do not want multicultural Internationaland, Finns want Finland.

    In fact, your comments commonly reek of xenophoby yourself. Indeed true!

    If you take 90% of comments made by foreigners here in this blog and replace “Finn” with “foreinger”, and then reposted them. They would be called xenophobic, racist and narrowminded.

    Go on. Experiment a bit and feel SHAME

  3. Tiwaz

    -“Warning about what? And what happens if they ignore the warning?”

    As pointed out. That there is a limit to which natives are prepared to accept foreingers trying to push them.

    And this is not limited to Finland in any way! Look at news of rest of Europe.

    People all over Europe are showing that they are sick and tired of multiculturalism and it’s failures.

    Time for immigrants to accept that…

    In Rome, do as romans do.

    As for what happens if attitudes of immigrants and/or politcian attitudes towards immigration do not change… I do not know for certain, but I am betting it is not going to be pleasant for anyone.

    • Enrique

      –People all over Europe are showing that they are sick and tired of multiculturalism and it’s failures.

      So what do you suggest? Kick out all the immigrants, force the rest to get plastic surgery so they will look “whiter?” You are only whining. You don’t bring anything doable to the table. And as for far-right parties “who are sick of immigrants,” they are the worst cowards. All they do is whine and live in fair tale theories of cultures.

  4. Tiwaz

    -“So what do you suggest? Kick out all the immigrants, force the rest to get plastic surgery so they will look like “whiter?””

    YOU are the one stuck up on skintone. YOU.
    Jani Toivola. Skin as black as it gets, and gay to boot.
    And where is he? In television etc.

    Don’t think skindeep, think deeper.

    Immigrants should not try to look whiter, but act more native. Learn how society works and adjust to it.

    -“You are only whining.”

    Again, you are the whiner. You whine that Finns do not appease foreigners. Idiotic stance to say the least.

    -“You don’t bring anything doable to the table.”

    And what doable you bring to table? You just demand that Finns should appease foreigners. You never stop asking if Finns have given as much as they are prepared to and it is time for immigrants to start doing their part of integration.

    Finland is open opportunity society, problem is that you and your ilk see “open opportunity” as synonyme to “foreigner should be preferred”.

    Foreigners have same opportunities as Finns, it is lack of skills which sets foreigners/immigrants at second class positions.

    -“And as for far-right parties “who are sick of immigrants,” they are the worst cowards. All they do is whine and live in fair tale theories of cultures.”

    You should learn more about cultures. Because you have repeatedly shown that you do not have even basic grasp of cultures. Must be your lack of culture which makes you unable to understand them.

    Take few years sabbatical from whining in Internet and try to thoroughly learn Finnish culture and it’s inner workings. Then come back and say “culture’s are not so different”.

    Besides, tell me why everyone except Finns in your opinon have right to preserve their culture?

    You always whine how Finns, in FINLAND, do not adjust to foreigners and must tolerate their cultures. Why foreigners must not adjust to natives and their culture?

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