Covid-19, a Gift From the Gods

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan has the latest on the endless political crisis in The Netherlands, which is exacerbated (or augmented, depending on one’s preference) by the endless coronavirus “pandemic”.

Covid-19, a gift from the gods

by H. Numan

You know who owes his position to the curse of China? Joe Biden. Without the Covid-19 pandemic he hadn’t a hope in hell of getting elected. The DNC smelled an opportunity and ran with it. By now Joe probably lacks the cognitive abilities to realize that. The man is declining rapidly. He isn’t the only one to benefit massively from the Covid crisis.

In Holland we had elections in the beginning of March. After that… nothing. Do the math: those elections were nine months ago. If you impregnated your wife on the eve of the elections, you’d be a proud father by now. I’m pretty sure we won’t find a new cabinet in our shoe on 5 December, and Father Christmas isn’t going to bring one, either. Why?

Our dearly beloved prime minister Mark Rutte ran three cabinets. It has never happened that a PM chaired four cabinets. He wants the distinction of becoming the longest-ruling Dutch PM ever. No matter the consequences. Like Biden, it doesn’t matter at all to him if he were to be rated the worst PM ever. As long as he gets the distinction of being the longest-ruling.

For him, the Covid-19 crisis is a blessing. He is ruling the country as demissionary PM, but with emergency powers, due to the crisis. Rutte openly said that he didn’t mind at having his cabinet resign. You can’t fire a cabinet that has already resigned. Now he can do more or less what he wants.

Negotiations are dragging on. Of course the results of the elections were almost impossible to work with. There was no clear winner. Rutte’s VVD party won, but that is looking at the numbers only. In reality he lost two seats. Not a lot, much less than the VVD deserves. The winner was the D66 party with Sigrid Al Qaq-Kaag. She did everything possible to become the new PM. Again, look at the numbers. Her party stands at a total of 24 seats. That’s much less than Rutte with 34 seats.

Her tactic was to gain a majority within the cabinet by inviting two socialist parties, PvdA (Labor) and GL (GreenLeft, ex-communists). That way D66 could form a block with PvdA and GL, outvoting the other coalition partners. In such a cabinet the VVD would be a minority party, despite having the most votes and the PM. Of course Rutte refused that; it just took many months before he did so.

Now they are muddling along to see if the present coalition can be extended. Why? Because nothing else will work. Geert Wilders did all right, but not overly so. He stands at 17 seats. A real conservative cabinet would require no less than seven parties, and that is simply not going to happen. So we will enter the new year without a new government. Rutte happily muddles along.

There’s another reason why Rutte is very happy with Covid-19: now he can ban fireworks. For decades this has been a hot political potato. A growing majority wants fireworks to be banned. A very vocal minority doesn’t. That very vocal minority ran amok in Rotterdam a week ago. Who? According to the police mostly hooligans. Add to that, juveniles with a phobia for pork and beer. Something the police forgot to mention.

Fireworks in The Netherlands can only be bought legally by anyone over 16 years from 12 December until 31 December. You can’t let them off; that is only legal on 31 December from 2pm until 1 January at 4am.The problem is, nobody abides by those rules. Lots of kids (usually boys) roam the streets during their Christmas break having fun with fireworks. Every year insurance companies have to pay out 30 to 70 million euros in damages. Every year all emergency services have to do overtime with every officer available to minimize havoc. Every year houses are burned to the ground and lots of people loose eyes and hands due to mishandling fireworks.

Every year lots of sellers are penalized for storing tons of unreliable fireworks insecurely. Very often a garden center or tobacconist makes some extra money by selling fireworks. Not outright to minors, but hey. If a bloke of 18 comes in surrounded by a bunch of kids of 10-12, what do you think? Storing a couple of tons of explosives in the attic or basement is pretty much standard.

Last year fireworks and New Year’s Celebrations were canceled due to the Covid crisis. This year as well, which caused hooligans in several cities to run amok. I think it is very likely fireworks will be permanently banned next year, as we have the precedents now. It’s a political hot potato, which finally can be eaten because of the Covid crisis.

Another group thanking president-for-life Xi Jinping for his gift to humanity are the left wing radicals. Parliament was every so slowly working on a ban of masked faces in public. Now it’s mandatory. Had you entered a bank two years ago with a mask, you would have been arrested. Now you are if you don’t wear one!

Those left-wing thugs fight a battle against Black Pete. Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) is part of our Sinterklaas festival, celebrated on the eve of 5 December. I’ve written many times about this battle. Black Pete is not blackface, and not a slave. Anyways, the thugs are very happy celebrations this year are canceled again due to the Covid pandemic. They hope for a permanent cancellation next year. Like fireworks, they have the necessary precedents.

Rutte manages the Covid crisis not all that badly, given the circumstances. That’s not why he is fast becoming the worst PM in our nation’s history. It’s his 180-degree turn in favor of the EU that people resent. When he became premier, he was firmly against moving powers to Brussels. Now he is one of their strongest adherents. One reason why so many people got into Covid trouble is his policy to cut back on health services. That was his policy until Covid struck; about 10,000 intensive care beds were economized. Plus the staff to manage them.

Another reason he is fast becoming hated is his preferential treatment of asylum seekers. Dutch nationals are required to sleep in cardboard boxes on the street while asylum seekers complain their accommodation is not what they expect, and the food isn’t to their taste.

All of those are issues that left-wing parties find important. Not a problem, we live in a democracy. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. What Rutte did is different. He pretends to be conservative (especially during elections) but implements an extreme left-wing policy. The other big parties paid the price for that behavior: the PvdA (Labor) first; they dropped to nine seats. CDA are paying the price right now. They used to have +30 seats; have fifteen at the moment and are polling at five seats. D66 isn’t doing well either. They are dropping in the polls as well, but not as much.

The last one to pay will be the conservative party (VVD). That doesn’t bother Rutte at all. “Après nous, le déluge”.

— H. Numan

Key to Dutch parties:

FvD   Forum for Democracy
    Forum voor Democratie
    Conservative, populist, Euroskeptic
VVD   People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy
    Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie
PvdA   Labour Party
    Partij van de Arbeid
    Social democrats
PVV   Party for Freedom
    Partij voor de Vrijheid
    Classical liberal, Islam-critical
SP   Socialist Party
    Socialistische Partij
    Left-wing populists, former Maoists, to the left of communists
CDA   Christian Democratic Appeal
    Christen-Democratisch Appèl
    Christian democrats, center-right
D66   Democrats 66
    Politieke Partij Democraten 66
    Centrist social liberals
CU   ChristianUnion
    Christian Democrats, left-wing, only “conservative” in being ostensibly religious
GL   GreenLeft
    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
    Animal rights
Denk   Denk
50+   50PLUS
    Pensioners’ party
VNL   VoorNederland
    For The Netherlands
    Classical liberal party
PPNL   Pirate Party of the Netherlands
    Piratenpartij Nederland
    Anti-copyright, transparent governance
JA21   Right Answer 21
    Juiste Antwoord 21

One thought on “Covid-19, a Gift From the Gods

  1. That sounds like the time to stock up for what is coming.

    Buy as much as you can. They can be bundled together in all kinds of ways to create all kinds of problems for the pigs. The pigs haven’t been on the side of the average white Dutchman for many many years.

    Stock up, get ready and enjoy an advantage that it appears you haven’t seen.

    You are going to need everything to win back anything that even resembles a clog

    By the way Rutte is NOT doing anything different. He is a snake as is Merkel, Macron, Boris, the fishwife in Scotland, the towellhead in Ireland, Salvini and Meloni, Orban and the list goes on.

    This crap has been going on for years and what…. you just noticed?

    Do you have an eye problem that prevents you from seeing the obvious?

    Surely we can do better than this facile nonsense Baron!

    Lets have some people writing truth! And people passionate about winning. Not passionate about WHINING!

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