The Dutch are learning to love
Big Brother immigrants. That’s according to the latest government study, as reported by an article in De Telegraaf and translated by our expatriate Dutch correspondent H. Numan:
The Dutch are more positive about immigrants
The Hague — Fewer Dutch people have a problem with immigrants. At this moment 35% of the population thinks the Netherlands would be a more pleasant place to live with fewer immigrants. Last year this percentage was 41%.
This was shown in an inquiry by the Social Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP). According to researchers, more and more people see the presence of multiple cultures as an addition to the Netherlands. Last year the percentage was 36%, now it is 44%.
Also, more people indicate we’re on the wrong track regarding immigrants and their integration into the Dutch society. Researchers of the SCP noted citizens are less vocal regarding immigrants the last few months.
The improved feelings regarding immigrants doesn’t have anything to do with the economic crisis. Citizens remain pessimistic about the economy. At the moment about 65%, the same as at the end of last year.
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What’s remarkable is that people with less education notice they are the most vulnerable in an economic crisis. Better-educated people have a bit more trust in the economy. Both groups share a feeling of less trust in large corporations and labor unions.
It’s notable is that none of the people questioned were aware of the extremely somber expectations of the Central Planning Bureau (CPB), which forecasts that the Dutch economy will shrink 3.5% this year.
H. Numan adds this commentary:
V stands for Victory, for Germany is winning on all fronts!
This slogan was thought up by the German propaganda department in the Netherlands during WW2. They plastered it on every available wall. Nobody believed it, of course. It sounded somewhat hollow after 1943.
Our present government hasn’t learned a bit from it. In order to be effective, propaganda has to be somewhat believable.
Picture this piece of propaganda against reality: the PVV currently polls at 33 seats in parliament. Not only that, the expectation is that the peak hasn’t yet been reached.