The “let them drown” list of MEP candidates reveals our moral decay as a society

by , under Enrique Tessieri

“Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes big things decay.” 

Migrant Tales published recently a list of “let them drown” European election (MEP) candidates who felt that it wasn’t the EU’s obligation to save the lives of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Three of these candidates got elected on May 26: Teuvo Hakkarainen and Laura Huhtasaari of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party and Henna Virkkunen of the National Coalition Party.

Statement #13 of the Alma Media election compass reads: “It is the EU’s obligation to save all those migrants who are at risk of drowning attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.”

While it isn’t surprising that members of Islamophobic parties like the PS and candidates like Huhtasaari and Hakkarainen “strongly disagree” with the above statement, there were candidates of most of the mainstream parties who disagreed or were neutral about statement #13. Virkkunen “disagreed” with the statement.

All in all, 36.3% (85/234) of Finnish MEP candidates disagreed or were neutral about the Alma Media election compass statement.

The fact that so many Euro election candidates can agree that it isn’t the EU’s obligation to save people from drowning in the Mediterranean without any consequences shows how far we have stooped as a society.

A lot of people knew about the Holocaust but the vast majority closed their eyes and became deaf to the suffering of the Jews, Roma, other minorities and enemies of the Nazi regime.

Virkkunen stood by her answer and tweeted the following:

People always have to be helped. My answer in (not the Alma Media) election compass 1/2: “We must stop migrant smugglers already at the port. We have to make migrant smuggling economically unprofitable by creating legal paths to job-seeking migrants who want to move to Europe.
And the way @HennaVirkkunen to put an end to migrant smuggling is disagreeing with this [election compass] statement: “It is the EU’s obligation to save all those migrants who attempt to come to Europe and are at risk drowning in the Mediterranean.”
My answer continues: “European officials should be given the possibility to handle applications and grant the needed permissions [to migrants]. Moreover, the situation of the migrants’ country should be improved through, among other matters, common [EU] foreign policy, trade policy, and through development aid policy…”
The answer continues:…” by fostering peace, stability, better living conditions by investing in better administration, education, entrepreneurship, and investment possibilities” I am not of the opinion that people should be allowed to drown. But the smuggling of people must end.

I tweeted this question to MEP Virkkunen but never got a reply:

I asked you Tuesday @HennaVirkkunen what was your opinion about human rights?
(1) Human rights are old fashioned and should be shelved or forgotten;
(2) Human rights should be preserved;
(3) Human rights should be strengthened.

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform was wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.