These Finnish political leaders are pathetic.
MP Olli Immonen’s comments on multi-culturalism were not controversial, nor were they unacceptable. As an immigrant to Finland myself, I find MP Olli Immonen’s statements a comfort, that a politician can understand the big difference between respect for an individual immigrant’s heritage (and celebration of it) and the forcing of an alien culture(s) down the throat of the host society.
NOTE: I explain my entire view on the issue here.
“I want to develop Finland as an open, linguistically and culturally international country,” tweeted Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on Sunday afternoon. “I cannot accept Immonen’s remarks,” he wrote.
Sipilä was responding to Friday night’s Facebook post in English by Finns Party MP Olli Immonen calling for a fight against the “nightmare of multiculturalism” and promising “to fight until the end for one true Finnish nation.”
Former foreign minister and Social Democrat Erkki Tuomioja has demanded that Finns Party leader and current Foreign Minister Timo Soini address the issue, which has caused public outrage.
Earlier on the weekend Finance Minister Alexander Stubb (National Coalition Party) responded to Immonen’s comments: “Multiculturalism is an asset. That’s all I have to say.”
Meanwhile, Finns Party parliamentary group leader, Sampo Terho, went on record on Sunday afternoon in a phone interview with Yle and said that Immonen’s views don’t represent those of the Finns Party.
Immonen’s remarks compared to Breivik’s manifesto
Former Finnish Rural Party chairman Pekka Vennamo saw Immonen’s remarks as a response to mass murderer and Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s call to fight multiculturalism.
Vennamo compared Immonen’s Facebook post to Breivik’s manifesto. On Facebook, Vennamo ponders whether “Immonen is a Breivik fan or his successor.”
“Immonen’s text reads like an abbreviated version of Breivik’s manifesto,” wrote Vennamo.
The Finnish Rural Party was the predecessor to the Finns Party.
NOTE II: Yeah, of course they’ll drag the loon (extremest narcissist Breivik) into the issue, it’s the way the Left uses the word ”racist”, ”bigot” etc.. (fill in the blank) to shut down debate. This is all faux outrage meant to smear the target whose spot on in his criticism and choice of target.