Comment: The big question concerning the suspension of Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Jussi Halla-aho after his statement in Facebook on Wednesday is who won the row: Halla-aho or PS party leader Timo Soini? It is quite clear that Halla-aho did.
Soini gave his answer in a quote on Iltalehti: “I wasn’t humilitated (by the decision).”
If I had my way, I would have suspended Halla-aho for good or for at least a month for making such an undemocratic statement. The PS, and especially the far-right faction led by Halla-aho, are like the bully at school who is constantly testing his limits to see how much injury he can cause on his victim.
Considering the racist gaffes by PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen and all the revelations that have arisen about him recently, it is clear that the PS doesn’t care too much about the spread of racism in Finland nor about de facto regimes popping up in EU countries.
The biggest loser is not only Soini’s credibility but that of Finland’s as well.
It is, however, a thumbs up to all the anti-immigration and far-right fanatics in Europe.
The Finns party MP Jussi Halla-aho was suspended for two weeks by his parliamentary group on Thursday afternoon following Facebook comments deemed inappropriate by the party.