If I were Soini, I would have called him a fecal head as well.
Soini and Rehn clash: “figure of speech” or “hate speech”?
Finns’ Party leader Timo Soini reminded EU Commissioner Rehn that criticism is the lot of public figures .
EU Commission Vice-President Olli Rehn and Finns’ Party chairman Timo Soini have clashed over remarks made by Soini in a YLE TV broadcast. Rehn characterized the remarks as “dangerous hate speech”. Soini says public figures have to be able to tolerate criticism and has refused to apologize.
Olli Rehn is both the Vice-President of the EU Commission and the Member of the Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs.
When asked in a YLE TV broadcast on Wednesday for a reaction to Rehn’s views on the economic situation in Greece, Finns’ Party leader Timo Soini compared Rehn to Nikolai Bobrikov – a Russian Governor-General of Finland who was given dictatorial powers by the Tsar, and who was assassinated by a Finnish nationalist in 1904.
Rehn took offense at the remark and issued a statement calling it “not only insulting to a patriotic person such as myself, but also dangerous hate speech referring to a murdered person”. Rehn demanded an apology.
“Figure of speech”