Imagine a political party that jumps for joy when migrants are suspected of sexual assault like in the case of Oulu. Imagine a party that taps into voters’ Islamophobia, xenophobia and hatred to get votes. Imagine a party that aims at relegating migrants and minorities to second-class members of society with the help of lies and fake news.
It should not come to any surprise that we are talking about the far-right Perussuomalaiset* and Blue Reform, which split from the mother party in 2017 after Jussi Halla-aho was elected the new chairperson. Halla-aho was convicted in 2012 for ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion.
The difference between the PS and Blue Reform is that the former has come out of the closet with its racism while the other one is in the closet.
According to the Helsingin Sanomat, the PS plans to cut state spending by 2 billion euros if they are in government.
Halla-aho said as well that he sees the PS becoming Finland’s largest party.
Read the full story (in Finnish) here.
While the PS becoming Finland’s largest party is a pipe dream, the PS’ constant vilification of migrants and minorities only serves to tell us that we are not liked by some. But that is fine because it is a call for people who oppose such rhetoric to rise up and challenge its racist ideology.
Apart from ending subsidies to the wind power sector, the party wants to lower social welfare costs to people of immigrant origin by 1 billion euros.
The PS said that people of migrant origin should get less social welfare than Finns.
Such a scenario would only be possible if Section 6 of the Constitution, which guarantees that everyone in Finland is equal before the law, is changed by a vote that requires a two third majority.
Halla-aho said that other savings would be obtained by lowering payments to the EU.
Now you know why the PS is a populist party that would care less for its voters. These campaign promises are unattainable, pipe dreams, which means that they will end up in the trash heap of other broken campaign promises by the party.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way.
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.