According to the latest De Telegraaf poll, Geert Wilders’ party the PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid, Party for Freedom) is even more popular than it was a month ago. It is not just the most popular party in the country, it is about to overtake the combined total of its two nearest rivals. Since those two parties head the current coalition government, this is auspicious news indeed.
Our Dutch correspondent SimonXML sends the following report on this auspicious occasion:
Encouraging news from The Netherlands this morning. At the last two general elections, the mainstream political parties shut out the PVV by forming a coalition with some (fringe, crackpot) minority parties. According to the latest ‘de Hond’ poll, if elections were to be held today, Wilders’ PVV would have almost as many seats (30) as the VVD (liberal) and PvdA (labour party) combined (31).
The trend towards the PVV and away from the main parties is continuing. The next elections (2017, unless the cabinet falls before then) are going to be quite interesting.
It’s curious that most of the bleeding is coming from the “lower classes” (Dutch society is just as class ridden as British society, although the Dutch make a big fuss about not being class conscious, and look down their noses at the Brits as a result). So they use the education level as the benchmark (HAVO being sort of US high school graduate level).
The point is though that even if the poll results are inaccurate, we are rapidly approaching the point where it would be impossible for the parties to form a majority coalition that did not include the PVV — something they have all steadfastly refused to do in the past.
Last time they had to resort to bringing in the Animal Rights Party and the 50+ party, not to mention the SGP — an orthodox Protestant party who at the time even refused to have female members.