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.

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Don’t Talk About Ter Apel

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, recently visited Ter Apel asylum center. Mr. Wilders was subsequently thwarted in his attempt to bring up the issue of Ter Apel in the Dutch parliament.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Geert Wilders angry at D66 parliamentary leader who does not allow parliamentary questions on Ter Apel: “Unbelievable”

by Bart Reijmerink
November 2, 2021

Recently PVV leader Geert Wilders paid a visit to Ter Apel. This was after the local asylum center was full of asylum seekers and the mayor had sounded the alarm several times. Wilders wanted to encourage the residents, and after his visit submitted a few oral questions [in Parliament]. These questions were rejected by the D-66 Parliamentary chairperson, Vera Bergkamp.

Wilders is not pleased with the fact that his oral questions were rejected by the chairperson of the Tweede Kamer. He intended to confront caretaker premier Mark Rutte with his ill-advised open-border policy. The result of this policy Wilders saw for himself last week in Ter Apel.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t gotten a chance from the parliamentary chairperson to critically test Rutte.

Wilders’ tweet:

“The D-66 Parliamentary chairperson will not allow my oral questions to Premier Rutte on the very relevant topic of asylum violence against bus drivers and the disastrous results of the asylum tsunami for the people in Ter Apel and the rest of the Netherlands. Cannot (be asked). Unbelievable!”

So Wilders doesn’t get the chance to point out the “asylum tsunami”, while the Central Organ for the Reception of Asylum-Seekers (COA) is once again ringing the bell. Despite the fact that the communities have jumped in with rules for additional reception places, people in the Netherlands will again be hit with considerable problems at the end of this month, as reported by NOS [News].

Since August, almost 7,000 spaces have been added, but more than three quarters of these are temporary. In other words, the existing problem is never solved. Which makes it incomprehensible that the PVV-leader cannot pose his questions in the Tweede Kamer. The problem gets bigger by the week, but in this manner remains practically unaddressed in Parliament. People in The Hague cannot wait much longer because then the “turnips are again cooked” at the COA.

A New Cabinet? Not Bloody Likely.

It turns out that the débacle in Afghanistan has caused casualties in the interim Dutch cabinet. Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan has the report.

A new cabinet? Not bloody likely.

by H. Numan

At the beginning of March the Dutch went to vote. That’s a cool six months ago. A new cabinet coming soon? No, that will take a while. A very long while. Yesterday the Dutch vice-premier and minister for foreign affairs, Sigrid Al Qaq, was forced to resign. Again, as the current cabinet is demissionary. It had already resigned. She was the first Dutch victim of the US surrender in Afghanistan.

Both the (demissionary) ministers of defense, Ank Bijleveld, and for foreign affairs, Sigrid Al Qaq, had to explain themselves in parliament about Afghanistan. Before the surrender parliament had asked both to take measures for proper evacuation, which they hadn’t followed up. Parliament didn’t like the answers, and approved a motion of censure. Ank Bijleveld refused to resign, but Sigrid Al Qaq did. A motion of censure is not a motion of no confidence. In the first case, a minister can resign. In the second case, a minister must resign. It took a while to get some sense into Mrs. Bijleveld, but after 24 hours she finally resigned as well.

That makes the already very difficult cabinet negotiations next to impossible. Why? The voters voted for the impossible. Let’s have a quick look at the results: the VVD won (= didn’t loose a lot) with 34 seats. Runner-up was D66, with Sigrid Kaag — Al Qaq, they got 24 seats. Next was the PVV with 17 seats. Those are the big parties. CDA (Christian democrats) lost massively; they have 15 seats left over.

On the right side of the ballot a lot of new parties gained and lost seats. But none of them got over 7 seats. On the left side everybody lost. Some not so much, others a lot.

The powers-that-be don’t want a conservative government. In real life, that’s impossible anyway. To form a truly conservative cabinet you need no less that seven parties. That has never happened. The largest Dutch coalition had five parties, and collapsed within a couple of months.

The most logical solution would be a continuation of the present coalition, as it could be a workable cabinet. However… before the elections began, the Christian Union (Communist Calvinists) explicitly ruled out working together with D66. Sigrid Al Qaq retaliated likewise. So that option is a clear no-no.

The next option was a progressive cabinet. That might work, too. However, the lame (PvdA, our Labour party) firmly hold hands with the blind (GreenLeft, the communist party). They want to rule together or not at all. That demand is completely unacceptable for the VVD, for a very obvious reason. In such a cabinet they would become the minority party. Such a cabinet would effectively be a communist cabinet, with the VVD as a convenient scapegoat.

That leaves only two options: a minority cabinet or new elections. Calling for new elections has never happened. But it seems painfully clear this option is the only workable one. Why? Because the results of the elections are already old hat!

Since March a lot has happened. The Christian Democrats (CDA) committed suicide by ousting their enfant terrible, Pieter Omtzigt. They have 15 seats at the moment, but are polling at 9. Right now, that is. Because they are in the political elevator going down. Fast. I have no idea why they committed suicide. With Omtzigt as leader, they would have won the elections. Possibly enough to have him as the new prime minister. They would at least have recovered from their downward track. I wrote about this just after the elections.

However, they kicked him out. Or rather, they forced him out. He wasn’t ousted from the party, but they made him resign. Which he duly did. Now he’s running as an independent. We don’t know what he will do. If he sets up his own party, which is almost certain, that party is already polling at 20-26 seats. At least six of those seats will come from the CDA.

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Afghan Refugees Vacation in… Afghanistan

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, makes some pointed remarks about Afghans who vacation in Afghanistan after claiming refugee status because they are in danger in their homeland.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this editorial from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Geert Wilders furious over vacationing “refugees” in Afghanistan: “Scandalous, let them stay there”

by Michael van der Galien
September 4, 2021

Geert Wilders thinks it is completely ridiculous that so-called refugees from Afghanistan apparently enjoy having vacations in that country, while they had a residence permit in the Netherlands because their lives were not safe there (Afghanistan). So-called because that was, apparently, pure nonsense.

Status holders

According to the media, “By far, most of the evacuees out of Afghanistan” are Dutch and status holders. “From the group brought back, 708 have a Dutch passport or a refugee passport. They are Afghans with their family members, who once came to the Netherlands for asylum, who are recognized as refugees and are naturalized Dutch.”

Status holders are “refugees” whose applications have been approved but not yet naturalized. And yes, it is a bit strange that the people were in Afghanistan. Because status holders can travel with their “refugee passport”, but they cannot do that to go to their land of origin. Not so crazy, naturally, because they claim to have fled that country. If they then go there on vacation anyway, you know that it was nonsense.

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is furious that the co-called refugees secretly enjoyed a vacation in Afghanistan. And that they did that, by the way, when the criminal Taliban had 70% of the country in their hands, and even a blind person could see that it wouldn’t be long before they would subdue the entire country.

“Scandalous!” writes the PVV leader, absolutely correctly, on Twitter. “Supposedly fled and yet off to Afghanistan. They have simply cheated us.”

Those are hard words, but they are true, of course. Because these types of people are not allowed to go to such a country. They lie about that, and also about the need to come to the West as refugees.

“Let them stay in Afghanistan; do not risk the life of one Dutch soldier or anyone else to save these swindlers,” concludes Wilders about the fake refugees. Because it is his reasoning that they have shown that they are wrongfully labeled as status-holders. And so let them sort it out. Since it was all just a big lie, they can try to rebuild their lives in Afghanistan.

The chance that the cabinet will do this is, of course, nil. Because Sigrid Kaag and Mark Rutte do not care about the lot of real Dutch people, fake refugees can always count on their support.

An Arbitrary Political Trial

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, has lost his final appeal in the “hate speech” case against him. The Dutch Supreme Court upheld his 2014 conviction for “discrimination” based on his agreement with his supporters that there should be fewer, not more Moroccans in the Netherlands. Which would seem a reasonable thing to say, one that any sane Dutch person could hardly disagree with, given the recent behavior of Ridouan Taghi and the Mocro Mob.

Unfortunately, there may not be very many sane people left in the Netherlands. Mr. Wilders still has numerous supporters, but not enough to change the suicidal trajectory of the country through voting.

The following video features remarks made by Geert Wilders after the announcement of the verdict against him. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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A New Dutch Cabinet? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends an update on the interlocking political scandals in The Netherlands.


Geert Wilders tweeted: “An outing of the CDA party faction”

A new Dutch cabinet? Don’t hold your breath.

by H. Numan

I’ve reported about the Dutch elections in March. How’s the cabinet formation going? Not quite well. And it won’t, for the foreseeable future. A game changer event happened: Pieter Omtzigt resigned from his party. His resignation makes an extreme left-wing minority cabinet inevitable. A crazy left-wing cabinet, as the biggest party in it will be the “conservative” VVD party. So, what happened?

For many decades Dutch politics were ruled by religious parties. Our first real political party was the ARP or Anti Revolutionary Party. They were staunchly protestant (Calvinist). What revolution they were against? The French revolution! Yeah, I never understood why either. Vive le roi! In those days Dutch society was strongly pillared. Everything was segregated according to religion or political affiliation. I’ve told you that many times. You were born into a (in my case) Catholic family. That means an RC nurse delivered you. Your mum would visit the RC baby-care center. You’d go to an RC kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, get a job in an RC company, date and marry (in that order) an RC girl, if necessary go to an RC hospital, retire to an RC nursing home and eventually be laid to rest in an RC cemetery. You’d listen to the RC radio KRO, and vote for the Catholic KVP party. I experienced the last remnants of that society.

That changed completely in the ‘60s. The pillars disappeared, together with confessionalism. Religion was no longer a focal point in one’s life. Two protestant and one Catholic party realized they would no longer be able dominate politics. From now on, a cabinet without any religious parties was a strong possibility. They decided to merge, and formed the CDA or Christian Democrat Appèl (Appeal). That way they could still rule over Dutch politics for decades, which they did.

Like the proverbial whore of Babylon, they did it with anyone in any way. Usually with the — then — conservative VVD. A progressive cabinet was no problem for the Christian Democrats. We’ll do any trick you want, big daddy! They positioned themselves as the inevitable and unavoidable center party.

It was a smart move, but nonetheless a rearguard action. Because the trend in western Europe is secular, definitely so in Holland. For many Americans probably a rude awakening, or a refreshing shower, depending your point of view. In Dutch politics your sexual preference doesn’t matter. We’ve had plenty of gay politicians. You can be openly gay in America, but you’d never be in the running for president. Likewise, we have plenty of openly atheist politicians. When an American politician admits he is an atheist he just told you he’s not interested in a higher office. Your evolution vs creation politics are for us laughable. Or hilariously ridiculous. No European politician would be crazy enough to admit he’s a creationist. In America he’s taken seriously. In Europe, and particularly in Holland, he’d be the village (or a real) idiot. Religion does play a role, but nowhere near the way it does in America. Home schooling, for example, is not even possible.

Understandably, that had consequences for the Christian Democrat Party. They were — and are — in a sort of limbo. What to do? With the resignation of Pieter Omtzigt, the last shreds of credibility went with him. Everybody knows the CDA is now a wishy-washy party only looking for political power. CDA stands for Christenen Dienen Allah, or Christians serving Allah. Literally, as they accepted many mohammedans in the party and promote them to influential positions. When mosques want to broadcast the adhan over loudspeakers, it’s not only progressive parties that support it. The CDA also does that. Much more so than other parties. Because they want to show they are still a religious party. Yup, including that religion. Corruption scandals are standard in every political party. It’s just that the CDA top seems to think that the C stands for corruption. They eventually lost power in 2010, when premier Balkenende had to resign. He was at that time too religious and far too Calvinistic for the electorate. The CDA went into decline. Right now, that decline is terminal. Nay, they are dead. No resurrection over the weekend. Dead as a dodo.

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The Ghoul Who Can’t Be Deported

Gary Fouse has translated a Dutch article about a case that is representative of the ongoing Islamization of the Netherlands. The translator includes this introduction:

Paul Cliteur is a distinguished law professor in the Netherlands (Leiden University) and was a defense witness for Geert Wilders when Wilders was on trial for “hate speech”. In this article in the conservative Dagelijkse Standaard, Cliteur writes sarcastically of his country’s tolerance for Islamic terrorists. He addresses a recent controversy over the remarks and activism of Moussa Lghoul (Moussa L.), a.k.a. Abou Ilias, a self-proclaimed jihadist in the Netherlands and all-around angry Arab guy. Cliteur wonders why people like Lghoul cannot be deported.

The translated article:

Paul Cliteur: It is a big mystery why dangerous jihadists are not deported from the Netherlands

The Leiden professor Paul Cliteur writes about his “patience running out” with the soft policy toward terrorists who are dangerous to the state, and who can’t be deported. He goes further: “The Dutch system of justice, our government, the country, is endlessly patient. Completely controlled. Constitutional.”

“The Hague jihadist, Moussa L. (Lghoul, a.k.a. Abou Ilias) was chased away by the police when he wanted to take action in the terror section of the Rotterdam prison because nine years’ imprisonment was demanded against two men for preparing a terrorist attack,” writes Wout Willemsen in the Dagelijkdse Standaard. Moussa had announced that he wanted to die as a martyr and that his “patience was running out,” as De Telegraaf reported. [Geert] Wilders tweeted that he had a solution for the problem: Kick Moussa out of the country.

But naturally, that will not happen. And the big puzzle is why things don’t happen. Not now. Actually, not for more or less twenty years. Part of the answer lies in the quoted statement from De Telegraaf that his “patience is running out”. Whose patience? The patience of the Dutch system of justice? No, because the Dutch justice system, our government, the country, is endlessly patient. Completely controlled. Constitutional. It is about the patience of Moussa. Moussa’s patience is running out. Apparently. Moussa has a message. A message that doesn’t get enough recognition. Now his patience is running out.

Part of the problem is that too many people, especially people in The Hague, think that somewhere, Moussa might be a little bit right. Naturally, he cannot commit terrorist attacks. And when he does, then people say, “naughty naughty”, “wrong”, “unacceptable”. But that he, somewhere, has legitimate claims in order to think the way he thinks — that cannot be ruled out.

Take the statement by Wilders, for example, that Moussa must be deported from the country. That is not particularly fruitful. That doesn’t get us any further. Deport. Isn’t that impossible? Then to which country? Just saying it only makes things worse. And then come the reactions from the news and the discussion tables of the NPO about the words of Wilders. How unhelpful they are. What Moussa says, what he thinks precisely, and why he attaches the consequences to his attacks is not popular.

And that’s why the attacks will remain with us. Just like Wilders.

Jew-Hatred on the Streets of the Netherlands

In the following video four Dutch politicians discuss recent street demonstrations in Amsterdam that supported the Palestinians and Hamas in their conflict with Israel. As might be expected, overt Jew-hatred was a feature of those demonstrations.

The four politicians interviewed are (in order): Tunahan Kuzu of the Islamic-Turkish party Denk, Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV), Jasper van Dijk of the Socialist Party (SP), and Derk Jan Eppink of JA21*.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Happy Easter From the Netherlands!

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan reports on the latest labyrinthine twists and turns on the political scene since the recent parliamentary elections in The Netherlands.

Happy Easter!

by H. Numan

The continuing saga of the Dutch electoral farce: I reported about the elections, and later the gaffe made by the prime minister. It’s becoming a real Easter parody now: the PM had to explain himself before the Sanhedrin (Parliament) on White Thursday. He was crucified on Good Friday, but: verily, the Lord has risen! He survived a motion of no confidence by the skin of his teeth. He was saved by his coalition partner CU (Christian Union; Calvinist Marxists) who didn’t support the motion.

I’m not too fond of the CU, to put it mildly. For three reasons: I don’t like hypocrites, very strict Calvinists and I don’t like Marxists. Gert Jan Seegers is all of that. That makes him a pharisee par excellence in my book. A pharisee is someone who goes through the motions, without any real conviction. Others must see how devout or dedicated he or she is. Progressives excel here. Others must abide by rules they don’t abide themselves. Woe betide you if you don’t!

Well, Gert Jan Seegers (leader of the CU) voted to support the PM, but after the motion was passed, he said he doesn’t want govern with the VVD again. Good boy, that’s my hypocrite! If you feel that way, you should have supported the motion.

It’s difficult to say what is going to happen now, but it will make a new cabinet a LOT more difficult. I told you Dutch PMs usually don’t last more than 12 years. We don’t have a limit. A US president can be elected twice, on very rare occasions three times. A Dutch PM can be elected as often as he wants. However, about three terms seems to be the practical limit. No PM has ever served four terms.

Right now, Mark Rutte has a problem. He did survive the motion of no confidence, but not as the victor. His position is now seriously damaged. How much? A poll showed the electorate of all parties (except for VVD voters, of course) don’t want him to be the next prime minister. The percentages vary from 45 to 85%. Ouch. That hurts!

The problem dear leaders have is that they usually don’t have a spare on hand. Dear leaders don’t want to share their love of the people with anyone. Dear Mark is no exception. He did have a few successors, but had to toss them out for political reasons. For example, Halbe Zijlstra bragged he met Putin in his dacha. Pretty soon it was discovered he wasn’t even in Russia at the time. He was unceremoniously dumped and is working for a construction company now.

Long before that, Rutte eliminated all opposition within his party. The party does what Dear Mark wants. If you don’t, out you go. The last one to try was Rita Verdonk. She lost the internal elections for party leadership to Mark. Then she resigned from the party, and set up her own party TON. TON stands for Trots Op Nederland, or Proud About the Netherlands. Ton also means barrel. This proved to be a empty one. It got nowhere. The party quickly collapsed and doesn’t exist anymore.

Where Mark represents the most progressive wing within the VVD, Rita represented the conservative wing. When she resigned, many conservatives moved with her. The remaining conservatives got the message: be quiet. Be very very quiet!

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Gaffe in The Hague

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this follow-up to his previous report on the recent elections in The Netherlands.

Gaffe in The Hague

by H. Numan

We had elections; I reported that last week. Now all we need is a new cabinet. That means a lot of negotiating before anything can happen. We’re off to a very good start. You’re not going to believe this. A blunder of national proportions occurred last week!

A pair of scouts (‘verkenners’; not an official title) were appointed to test the waters. The team was Mrs. Ollongren (D66) and Mrs. Jorritsma (VVD). They finished a meeting with Premier Rutte in ‘The Tower’ (‘het torentje’; the office of the PM next to the Parliament), and walked in the courtyard. There they were interviewed by journalists. So far, nothing unusual. Here it comes!

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Dutch Elections 2021: Not Good — Not (Too) Bad

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this report on last week’s elections in The Netherlands.

Dutch elections 2021: not good — not (too) bad

by H. Numan

Last week the Dutch national elections were held. As I expected, the conservative VVD won. What I didn’t expect, and what came to most as a surprise, is the big win for the progressive D66 party. Dutch politics follows the trend in Western nations: the electorate wants a stable more conservative government, politics (being the Powers That Be) wants a politically correct 100% halal government. Let’s have a look at the electoral results:

  • VVD: 35 (now) — 33 (last elections in 2017)
  • D66: 23 — 19
  • CDA (Christian Democrats): 15 — 19
  • CU (Calvinist Communists): 5 — 5

The above parties formed the government. Given the results, they can continue governing, with more D66 and less CDA input. I expect a very brief formation period.

  • PVV: 17— 20
  • FvD (Thierry Baudet’s party): 8 — 2
  • PvdA (Labor): 9 — 9
  • SP (Maoists) 9 — 14
  • GL (Communists) 8 — 14
  • PvdD (Animal party) 6 — 5
  • SGP (Calvinists) 3 — 3
  • DENK (Turkish AK Party) 3 — 3
  • 50 Plus (Elderly Party) 4 — 1
  • JA21 (splinter from FvD) 3 — 0
  • Volt (Euro communists) 3 — 0
  • Bij1 (black racist anarchists) 1 — 0
  • BBB (farmers’ party) 1 — 0

The Left is the big loser. All left-wing parties did pretty badly. Labor remained tiny; GL and SP both lost massively. The VVD remains the strongest party, and won slightly. Which is pretty weird, if you think about it. The main reason the cabinet resigned was a massive tax scandal, for which the VVD was responsible. On top of that, other possibly even bigger tax scandals emerged just before the elections. The resignation of the cabinet, as I wrote in a previous essay, was a form of controlled demolition. Rutte expected that scandal not to influence his re-election, and he was right.

The really big winner was Forum for Democracy. The party almost collapsed weeks before the elections due to internal dissent. The splitters formed JA21, and gained 3 seats. FvD got 8 seats, which means that the electorate doesn’t believe a word of Thierry Baudet’s being an open or closet Nazi.

The PVV didn’t do well. They lost 3 seats. Which is just as surprising as the big win for D66. I’m not going to call this voter fraud, but both are really surprising. The PVV polled consistently at 25-30 seats. All of a sudden they’re stuck at 17 seats? Weird. Likewise, D66 gained 4 seats. Again, nobody expected that. They were polled roughly equal to what they had or less. Certainly not a lot more.

The results are a mixed bag. We’ll get Rutte 4, no doubt. And pretty fast, as the election gave the green light for a continuation of the Rutte Saga. Dear Mark shouldn’t be overly happy, though. It’s rare a PM who rules 12 years. So far we haven’t had one that ruled for 16 years. He wasn’t elected because people like him so much, rather for the want of anything better.

Who is really worrisome? Sigrid Kaag, the chairwoman of D66. She wanted to become the first female PM of The Netherlands. “Because we haven’t had one, and it’s about time.” People didn’t buy that slogan, but she did pretty well anyway. However, what few people know or realized is that Sigrid Kaag is married to Anis al-Qaq. He is a high-ranking officer in the PLO government of Yasser Arafat.

Kaag kept that marriage a secret for as long as possible, as she considers that ‘something personal’. I beg to differ. That marriage is something that will affect The Netherlands profoundly. After all, she is married to a strict sharia mohammedan. Such a marriage has consequences.

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Geert Wilders: Immigration, Integration, the Budget, the Climate, and Other Election Topics

On Wednesday Dutch voters will go to the polls to cast their votes for members of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Parliament. For the last two months the Dutch populace has been afflicted with a COVID curfew, and according to this AP article, the Wuhan Coronavirus will be the single most important issue in the election.

Up until the Coronamadness hit, however, immigration was the main topic. Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV), is the candidate with the consistently strongest position against mass immigration into the Netherlands.

The following seven videos are a selection of recent debates and interviews featuring Geert Wilders. Many thanks to C for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

Video #1: Immigration vs. the budget

Video #2: Investing in healthcare

Video #3: Integration is failing, even in Parliament

Video #4: Discrimination against the native Dutch

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Dutch Newspaper Calls for a Ban on the PVV

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan reports on the latest attack on Geert Wilders by the establishment.

Dutch newspaper calls for a ban on the PVV

by H. Numan

The Dutch newspaper Trouw (the name translates as ‘loyalty’ or ‘allegiance’) wants to ban Geert Wilders’ party, the PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid, Party for Freedom).

I know this rag paper very well. Used to deliver it for years, when I was a boy. Even then I didn’t like to read it. It was a staunchly Dutch Reformed newspaper. The only reason I delivered it was they paid slightly better than other newspapers. With good reason, mind you: they had a lot fewer subscribers than other newspapers. I had to deliver papers to fewer subscribers over a much longer distance, and that was compensated.

Ironically enough, Trouw began as a resistance newspaper during World War Two. When I delivered the paper during the early ‘70s it presented the news from a staunchly Dutch Reformed point of view. As a kid, I found it a utterly boring and above all preaching paper. Not much has changed over the years. It still is a boring and preaching paper, now very politically correct.

Churchill said: The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists. Well, he didn’t actually say that. It is ascribed to him. In his day fascists were called Nazis. As national socialism is painfully close to international socialism, socialists went to great lengths to hide that fact. After WW2 they consistently called Nazis fascists (and everyone else they didn’t like). But when Churchill was alive they hadn’t taken over the world as yet.

Trouw is the proverbial example of it. Anti-fascist turning into fascists. From preaching the gospels they slowly replaced it with the gospel according to Marx. More accurate: they still preach all the gospels, but only if it agrees with the gospel of Marx. As do all Dutch newspapers today. None exempted.

How did this came to be? When I delivered newspapers, most cities and even villages had their own newspaper. Bigger cities, several newspapers. News is not, and never was, neutral. Though progressive journalists always claim that lie. Newspapers present the news according to the viewpoints of their subscribers. A Roman Catholic newspaper would print the same news facts as other papers, but from a Roman Catholic point of view. And with much more attention on what the pope was doing. The latter was something you don’t read a lot about elsewhere in, say, Trouw.

I’ve written many times about the pillared society. This is an example how that worked. When the pillared society disappeared, the need for focused newspapers disappeared as well. Many closed down, or were merged into bigger newspapers. Especially the Algemeen Dagblad and De Telegraaf. They have editions with local news for different cities or areas. Not only did the secularization of society have a major influence, so does the Internet. People today read news online. They don’t want to pay for it anymore; even reading news with advertisements is not really working.

The bigger newspapers merged into two major Belgian news media companies. Last one was the Telegraaf. DPG Media and Mediahuis are very Very VERY politically correct. That doesn’t mean to say that all Dutch newspapers automatically follow what the progressive Pravda wants them to print, but none of them supports the PVV. At best, they publish about it only when they can’t avoid the topic. Or to slander Wilders over something. Like Trouw does.

The editor-in-chief of Trouw wants the PVV banned, as they — according to him — infringe on the freedom of religion. He thinks any minority (Al Qaeda is also a minority, by the way) need all the protection of the law they can get. Especially from evil parties like the PVV. Whitey has done it! He rants on the constitution — which all progressives always do. When it suits them.

The Netherlands does have a constitution, don’t get me wrong. But for us it is simply a boring piece of legislation that nobody knows. At school we learn that we have a constitution. That’s all. Want to have some fun with a Dutch progressive referring to the constitution? Ask him how many articles the constitution has. Unless he graduated in law, he won’t know. I myself have no idea; there is a Wikipedia article about the Dutch constitution, but it doesn’t mention how many.

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Massive Riots Over the Whole Country

As reported in the news feed in recent days, there have been massive riots in multiple locations in The Netherlands as a reaction to the new COVID-19 curfew. Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this report on what’s happening.

Massive riots over the whole country

by H. Numan

Quite a lot is happening in the land behind the dykes. For starters, the government resigned. A couple of weeks ago I wrote an essay that this was going to happen. It did. After resigning, the now caretaker premier ordered a highly controversial curfew because of the ongoing Chinese virus pandemic. This lead to major riots now spreading all over the country.

This curfew is the first one after World War Two. We Dutch have some pretty bad memories about curfews. The last chap who ordered it was executed. He was Reichscommissar Seyss-Inquart. His name translates almost perfectly into six and a quarter in Dutch, which became his nickname. Unofficial of course, as he didn’t have a sense of humor. On the remains of his command bunker you can still see chalk marks with 6¼ near the entrance. But I digress.

The resignation of the cabinet was inevitable. A long-smoldering scandal in the tax department was going to end in a full parliamentary debate. Heads would roll. Something that normally doesn’t worry Mark Rutte too much. This time, his own head was on the block. By resigning he prevented that debate, and continues as caretaker premier and as a candidate in the coming elections.

It’s legal — but barely. Imagine a company where the billing department made huge blunders. So big that firing the head of the department won’t do. The CEO might be fired by the board. So the CEO simply resigns to avoid an inquiry. As there is no inquiry, he can remain a candidate for CEO. I’m not sure if this would be possible in the business world, but in politics it works.

It’s even worse: his advisors openly said that he can now rule by decree. He doesn’t have to listen to parliament anymore, as he has resigned. After all, you can’t fire someone who resigned. His position is now much stronger than before.

In my book, ordering the most controversial law since World War Two is not exactly something a caretaker should do. I think it’s probably legal, otherwise we would have heard the opposition about it.

But that’s what happened. The decree passed, no problems there. We don’t hear from the opposition on it, but rather from the electorate. Many of them. By throwing bricks. On Saturday and Sunday huge riots broke in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Those riots have spread throughout the country. Once the police started to enforce that curfew, the riot police had to act on it. Supported by water cannons and mounted police. Who are the rioters? Well, the media are working very hard to put the blame on supporters of Geert Wilders and Thierry Baudet.

The leader of the Labor party, Tobias Asscher, had to resign himself, just before the resignation of the cabinet. He’s been replaced in the party by Mrs. Ploumen, who openly accuses Wilders of inciting the riots. Don’t worry, Ploumen is not very popular. Not in the party, and certainly not outside. They simply haven’t got anyone else at the moment. The PvdA [Labor Party] currently has nine seats. With Ploumen at the helm, that’ll be a lot fewer.

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