Today, leaders of the political parties represented in the Finnish parliament signed a statement against racism and committing their respective parties to fight racism wherever it occurs and to have a zero tolerance attitude towards any instance of racism. The leaders of all the parties committed themselves to this iniative, which originated from the Swedish People’s Party (SFP). All the leaders, except Timo Soini (pictured) of the so-called ‘True Finns’ party (Perusuomalaiset).
This rather confirms that the ‘True Finns’ are quite happy, even proud, to have openly racist candidates and opinions within their party, which is a sad development for Finnish politics. There again, perhaps one should have not expected anything else from this particular party. Where questions absolutely must be asked, however, is to the Christian Democrats. The Christian Democrats have entered into an electoral alliance with the ‘True Finns’ for June’s European parliamentary election. This effectively means that a vote for the Christian Democrats is a vote for the ‘True Finns’. I wonder what the voters of the Christian Democrats think to their votes going towards helping to elect racists. Swedish-speaking Christian Democrat supporters will also want to question as to whether they can stomach potentially helping to support electoral gains by a party openly hostitle to the Swedish-language and minorities in general. The Christian Democrat leadership ought to be embarrased by this bed-shearing with the discriminative ‘True Finns’. Let’s hope they still find time to redeem themselves and reject this electoral alliance in which they so clearly sacrifice their principles by enterting into.