The Toni Jalonen story of the former Perussuomalaiset (PS)* second vice president who resigned because he said he was a fascist, is an opportunity for Finland to take a long and deep look in the mirror.
Above all, it is an opportunity to look at the hypocrisy within the PS and political culture. It also reveals the lack of teeth of the media.
Jalonen gives the thumbs up to PS chairperson Jussi Halla-aho on keeping Finland white and Muslim-free and people of color-free.
Here is the question: How can a country like Finland find sympathy for a party that promotes ethnonationalism, far-right ideology, and fascism?
I mentioned in a previous posting the following:
- About 20% of Finland’s population are hardcore racists who like or agree with fascism;
- We deny what the PS is because acknowledging it would be saying something ugly about ourselves. It’s like the story of the alcoholic who has a difficult time admitting that he has a drinking problem and must go to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Why, then, doesn’t the media put PS chairperson Jussi Halla-aho in the hot seat and ask him about his racist and far-right writings? Wasn’t he convicted of ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion in 2012? Yes.
And just a fast comment about PS Youth chairperson Asseri Kinnunen, who voted Saturday for a change in the bylaws of the youth association, is seen standing in fascist attire from the 1930s Lapua Movement and Patriotic People’s Movement (Isänmaalinen kansanliike, IKL).
If I had the opportunity to get an answer from these PS politicians, I’d ask them to elaborate on the following questions about their far-right political program:
- The PS wants to bar Muslims and people of color from coming to Finland. Does this mean that you will ditch international agreements like the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Declaration of Human Rights?
- Does the PS believe that these radical changes, which would imply Finland leaving the EU, are possible?
- The PS wants to scrap hate speech laws. How will you assure that migrants and minorities won’t become victims of racist harassment and hate crime?
- Could the PS define what is racism and social equality?
- What does social equality mean? Is it only a white Finnish right?
- Your party clearly states that it does not want Finland to be culturally and ethnically diverse. (Duh. It already is). If this is the case, and it is, what are you going to do about all those who are not white like you and live in Finland?
- Is the PS going to put them in camps, islands and/or send them back to where they, their parents or grandparents came from?
- When the PS speaks of making radical changes in immigration law, does this mean that migrants and minorities will become officially treated as second- and third-class citizens before the law?
- Tell us specifically what would Finland look like if you had your way in changing immigration law and the constitution? What would you do to people who oppose such changes?
I suspect that the PS would only answer these questions totally off the record and anonymously.