According to the latest Dutch political poll, Geert Wilders’ party has gained an additional five virtual seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament. If the election were held today, the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) would receive 26% of the vote and win 39 seats (out of 150) in the legislature.
As you can see from the above graph, this puts Mr. Wilders head and shoulders above all his possible competitors, including the two parties (VVD and PvdA) that make up the current governing coalition.
Which dovetails nicely with a little graphics project I’ve been working on recently…
As you all know, Geert Wilders is once again facing a “hate speech” trial (his third) before a court in the Netherlands. During the previous trial I made the following composite image of Mr. Wilders as Galileo facing the Inquisition:
I have always been dissatisfied with this image, due to the diminutive stature of the main character. Galileo was a much shorter fellow than Geert Wilders. If you have ever met Mr. Wilders, you know how immensely tall he is. He usually towers over everyone else in the room.
However, increasing the height of Geert-as-Galileo was no simple task. It takes time and finesse to lengthen his torso without unacceptably distorting the figure or interfering with the background.
I worked on it for a while, and this is the result:
To my eye, the new figure in this image accurately reflects Geert Wilders’ real height, and evokes his true stature relative to his adversaries, the pygmies of the New Inquisition in the Hague.
Key to the parties:
|VVD||People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie|
|Partij van de Arbeid|
|PVV||Party for Freedom|
|Partij voor de Vrijheid|
|Classical liberal, Islam-critical
|Left-wing populists, former Maoists, to the left of communists
|CDA||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Christian democrats, center-right
|Politieke Partij Democraten 66|
|Centrist social liberals
|Christian Democrats, left-wing, only “conservative” in being ostensibly religious
|Environmentalism plus hard left
|SGP||Reformed Political Party|
|Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij|
|Christian right, advocates a Christian theocracy
|PvdD||Party for Animals|
|Partij voor de Dieren|