The European elections showcased many emerging right-wing parties on a wider stage for the first time, among them the True Finns. The True Finns party are one of those political entities that spend their time making racist arguments, but are very sensitive to the charge of racism. More often than not, public engagement with them in Finland is very accomodating of this sensitivity.
Their new MEP and party leader, Timo Soini – who polled a record-breaking 130,000 votes in Finland’s nationwide poll – regularly reminds the public that as he converted to Catholicism when backpacking in Ireland, he is actually a minority. Just in case this needs spelling out, that means that to criticise him for racism would be… (More …)