How far has the PS beachhead spread in twenty-two months?

by , under Enrique

Migrant Tales wrote the following day after the historic April 17, 2011 election had sent shock waves throughout Finland and Europe: “Far-right populism is an illness inflicting Europe at present and it now has a beachhead in Finland.” 

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Back then, our blog got got cited by Time Magazine. The above quote was a response to PS chairman Timo Soini’s statement: “We [the PS] are not extremists so you can sleep safely.”

The rise of a large right-wing populist party with Counterjihadists could not have been possible without the complacency and silence of other political parties. The PS in its present state and size is a knee-jerk reaction to Finland’s ever-growing cultural diversity, the euro crisis and political establishment.

Even if the PS claims to be an option to the way politics have been traditionally practiced in Finland, it’s a mirror of the other parties in their crudest form. In those traditional parties, like the PS, you’ll find many who are just as conservative, intolerant, oppose cultural diversity and see the outside world with manifest unease.

How far has that beachhead spread in twenty-two months?

There’s bad and good news. The bad news is that the PS will remain, at least for the time being, a player in Finnish politics that other parties will eye with distrust and unease. The good news is that it’s doubtful that the party will ever match its 2011 election result. That became clear in the presidential and municipal elections, which were disappointments for Soini and the party.

Another important wild card to hit the PS was mass-killer Anders Breivik.

The Nordic region was never the same for anti-immigration populist parties like the PS after Breivik erupted with his Counterjihadist crusade and started murdering in cold blood innocent people.

These factors, together with many the many scandals that have rocked the party in recent months, have undermined the PS if not permanently from ever becoming a credible party.

Even if Soini claims that the municipal election was a clear victory for the PS, it was anything but that if  we compare it with their parliamentary election victory. Half of those that voted for the PS in April 2011 had ditched the party by October 2012.

While the PS has been a great source of scoops for Finland’s yellow press, it must be a disappointment for some of its supporters.  What has it accomplished in parliament except for poisoning the air with its Finnish teaparty populism?

Even if the PS appears to have suffered unconvincing election setbacks in the presidential and municipal elections, the party is on a collision course with itself as well.

Right after the municipal elections of October 28, Soini announced that the PS will become the biggest party in Finland in the EU parliamentary elections of 2014.

Making such promises and having to eat your words will not help the PS but deepen its problems.

A party that cannot root out its racists, fascists and political opportunists can never lead a good country like Finland, unless we wish to destroy what we’ve worked so hard to build.

  1. D4R

    This is true. Why risk the stable that Finland has right now with Nazism or racism wich never brought anything good to this world but destruction. Finland is in stable condition, Finns nowadays are made of different ethnicities wich is a norm in all around the world. Voting for racist who cannot be trusted by many colored Finns will never bring stable to this country. I think it was very naive for some Finns to vote for these unknown people to the parliament. I mean, how do you explain that James Hirvi saari and many other PS MP’s like him adore Nazi ideology? if some of you Finns want to make Finland a Nazi country just remember this…Finland will not be stable place for you either.

  2. Mark

    It’s a good point D4R, that this is a party that mainly feeds off instability and also seeks to create it, while Finland is on the whole quite stable.

    The party appeal came from concerns over economic instability in the Eurozone, while their anti-immigration stance feeds off xenophobia and racism and actually works to create tension, not defuse it.

    Having spoke to PS councilors during the local elections, I found them to be naive and quite ignorant of immigration issues, and creating stigmatisation without even realising it. The backlash from the audience was fierce – people don’t like hearing that a party’s key message to immigrants is ‘obey the law’, it’s degrading and defaming to hear that, but that is exactly what I heard from PS counsilors. And when it came to the real issues, that were discussed by the other parties, PS was silent! They have no ideas on immigration except to sound tough and feed the negative vibe.