By Enrique Tessieri
Perussuomalaiset (PS) chairman Timo Soini was quoted as saying today on Nelonen television that “at least two” members will get sacked today at the party’s national executive board meeting. One of these is PS councilman Tommi Rautio, who suggested giving a medal to the Finn that killed in cold blood a Moroccan pizzeria employee.
The other person expected to get the boot is Jani Viinikainen, a member of the PS’ Pirkanmaa region board. Viinikainen founded last year an anti-gay Facebook page and another one recently against the Roma.
Viinikainen was quoted as saying on Facebook that he expected to get sacked by the party. PS MP James Hirvisaari, who was fined for hate speech in December by a Kouvola court, told Viinikianen that he was concerned about free speech in Finland, according to the PS board member.
Two sackings in a party that has offered the tabloids a scandal each month seems insignificant.
The interesting question to ask is if these sackings will change the party. Some are rightfully skeptical.