Comment: It is quite odd if not surreal that Perussuomalaiset (PS) party MP Jussi Halla-aho was voted in April to chair the administration committee, whose responsibilities include among other matters immigration policy. While Halla-aho should have never been voted as chairman of that parliamentary committee for his radical views on Islam and cultural diversity, why the outcry now by parties like the Social Democrats?
Granted, nobody had heard of Anders Behring Breivik back then nor was it known that the Norwegian mass killer’s victims were going to be mostly Labor Party adolescents. Supposedly Halla-aho’s provocative writings against multiculturalism, Islam and Social Democratic Party were unknown or worse not taken seriously by the majority of Finnish MPs.
One positive sign that we are seeing today in Finland after Norway is a cold awakening to the reality of a social ill like racism. Extremism and racism does not only attack immigrants and minorities but can target white natives as well.
What will the political fallout be to the PS in a post-22/7 Finland? Will cornering Halla-aho and his Counter-Jihadist followers erode PS head Timo Soini’s power base in the party?
What do Finnish voters think about such radical views taking an ever-prominent role in the PS?
The months ahead and next year’s presidential and municipal elections will reveal that answer to us.
Here is a roundup (in Finnish) on Jälkijättöistä Jupinaa of Halla-aho’s views in previous blog entries and how he plays down his role in the Counter-Jihad movement.
Jussi Halla-aho, a critic of immigration and multiculturalism, is facing pressure to stand down as chair of parliament’s Administration committee in the wake of the Norwegian terror attacks. The Administration Committee deals with matters that include immigration policy and gun legislation.