By Enrique Tessieri
Perussuomalaiset chairperson Timo Soini’s decision to sit it out in the opposition should be seen as a hard blow and a failure of the party to cash in on its election gains in April.
How is it possible that a party like the PS, which rose from relative obscurity to become the third-largest party on its strong anti-EU stance has decided to sit it out in the opposition? The answer to that question is as inscrutable as Soini and the PS.
Never in the history of Finland has a party that won so many seats in an election ended up in the opposition.
Sensible Finns understand that our economic and social well-being hinges on the EU. If the EU and euro fail so does Finland. Europe’s problems are Finland’s.
Giving Finnish voters a picture that this country can survive on its own as an isolated island from the rest of the world and live off nationalist rhetoric is reckless. Some call it populism.
As we have mentioned on this blog on a number of occasions, there is nothing wrong speaking out for people who are socially excluded. But to add to that message xenophobia and suspicion of the outside world, immigrants and refugees destroys all credibility of such a noble message.
The Mr.-Hyde-and-Dr.-Jeckyll style of politicking by the PS shows that it isn’t a serious party. It turns into and acts like a Mr. Hyde with minorities and is a Dr. Jekyll with Finnish voters.
In the 1960s and 1970s there was a popular US TV show called “To tell the truth.” Three persons appeared on the show with the same name. A panel had to figure out who was the correct person.
Soini’s odd political bedfellows beg for the same answer as in the popular TV show: Will the real Timo Soini and PS please stand up?