Yle always makes it a policy to report on just how ‘evil’ Jussi Halla-aho is, in just about any of their articles (in English) mentioning him…
Party head Jussi Halla-ahosays his Finns Party is different from all of the other political parties in Finland’s political arena in that it concerns itself only with citizens of the country.
“We want a society in which as many people as possible are able to look after themselves and take responsibility for their own well-being, in addition to taking care of those who are unable to do this on their own. This is economically feasible only if our customer base is limited to our own nation,” he said.
Halla-aho outlined the policy principles of Finland’s nationalist and Eurosceptic political party at its party congress in the southern city of Lahti this weekend.
He called for “priorities to be renewed”.
“For some reason, dividing people into camps has started to be looked down upon in the public debate. This juxtaposition is exactly what is needed when a rivalry exists,” he said.
In August, Halla-aho said that his party sought to end what he called “humanitarian immigration”. His presentation on Saturday in Lahti did not provide any details into how his party planned to do this.
People know what is good for them
He did reveal his thoughts on the state’s relationship to its citizens, however.
“The task of decision-makers is to solve and prevent those kinds of problems that prevent ordinary citizens from being able to concentrate on their own lives. The Finns Party believes in independent, free and thinking citizens, who know for themselves what is good for them,” Halla-aho explained.
He said his party’s response to Finland’s stubborn deficit would be a campaign of strict austerity, with public expenditures the first on the chopping block. He claimed at the party congress that Finland’s economy could be balanced easily if it would only make things easier for business owners. He suggests lightening the bureaucratic load and developing Finnish taxation “in line with the Estonia model”. Tax relief for middle-income earners and on fuel would increase the demand for services, he argued.
“These kinds of tax cuts are an investment that pays for itself, as more and more people gain employment and don’t need social benefits,” Halla-aho said.
He also said that his Finns Party takes environmental and emissions matters seriously, but is not ready to set any targets for reductions.
“If Finland sets goals that are too ambitious, it will result in industry leaving for China and India.”
Yle’s last party support poll from late July-early August showed that 8.7 percent of the respondents supported the Finns Party.