By Enrique Tessieri
When historians look at this period and study how the ogre of racism got such a big foothold in Finland, they will probably conclude that it was always there but found one of its homes in the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party. When they point out how some Finns tried to make xenophobia and racism a “normal” matter in Finland, a long list of PS politicians will emerge.
The most startling fact these researchers will stumble upon is that the role of racism got a more public face thanks to the paralysis that struck the country’s main politicians and the media, which is today starting to be more outspoken against this social ill.
This kind of country, which has its values in the right place but has taken for granted a threat like racism, is what scares me. It shows how easily we can lose our society to extremists. All you need is to feed spite, find the right scapegoats and spread myths and exaggerated rhetoric.
That is why we not only need to defend our civil rights every day but distinguish those who are dressed in sheep’s clothing and who want to destroy them.
Parties like the PS have no place ruling Finland as long as they do not even respect the will of the majority. By the majority we mean the overwhelming majority (80.9%) who didn’t vote for the PS or side with their anti-EU policies and populist style of politics.
The fact that the PS didn’t even want to take part in the formation of the next government is a good example of how Timo Soini’s party is more talk than action.
Holding a whole country hostage to Soini’s anti-EU policies should outrage Finns as well as many other aspects of the PS.