Comment: One of Finland’s best-known writers, Sofi Oksanen, was quoted as saying in Rome-based La Repubblica that the Perussuomalaiset’s ideology has its root in Hilter’s Germany.
Whenever writers and artists start to criticize a party for promoting their world view, you know something has got the break eventually. Art survives but political parties aren’t as reslient.
Whatever the ideology of the PS is, reaction to it by the media, artists and common people depends on who you are and your background. Racism, xenophobia and exclusion hits a writer like Sofi Oksanen, who has an Estonian mother, harder than PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen.
Oksanen knows how hard it is to be accepted in Finland even if she is white, speaks Finnish as her mother tongue, and grew up in this country. For those who are not as fortunate and cannot hit back never mind defend themselves publicly, their resentment are their unpublished blockbusters. Each swing by a politician that encourages exclusion is felt like a hammer blow by some.
That is why I consider it wishful thinking for some editors in this country who have never felt exclusion and racism to play down the rise of the PS. Certainly they are not worried about the election because they’re not minorities.
Mark, who visits our blog, pointed out this problem very well in a comment on Wednesday.
Kirjailija Sofi Oksanen arvostelee vaalivoittoon nousseiden perussuomalaisten poliittisia näkemyksiä italialaislehti La Repubblican haastattelussa. Oksanen sanoo lehdessä, että perussuomalaisten puolueohjelmassa on selviä vaikutteita natsijohtaja Adolf Hilter ideologiasta.