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.