Geert Wilders to enter Dutch government after support for anti-Islamic party triples

By Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph

The far-Right Dutch politician’s controversial PVV party came third, behind Labour and the victorious Liberals.

PVV increased its number of MPs from nine to 24 after campaigning against immigration, for a tax on Muslim headscarves, a ban on the Koran and against the building of new mosques.

“We would love to govern,” Mr Wilders said. “1.5 million people voted for us and our plans for more safety, less immigration and less Islam. We are the big winner and they cannot ignore us. We want to be taken seriously.”

Mark Rutte, the leader of the centre-right Liberal VVD and the man expected to be the next Dutch prime minister, hailed his party’s unprecedented victory. “It appears as if for the first time in our history that the VVD has become the largest party in the Netherlands,” he said.

Mr Rutte’s VVD is now expected to form a Right-wing coalition government with Mr Wilders and the Christian Democrat CDA, after that party lost 20 seats to fall from first to fourth place in Dutch politics.

The support of the Freedom Party’s 24 MPs is vital if the Liberals, with 31 seats, are to combine with the CDA, with 21, to gain a majority of 76 in the 150-seat Dutch parliament.

Neither the Liberals nor the Christian Democrats have ruled out forming a government with Mr Wilders, who was last year banned from entering Britain for public safety reasons. The Home Office refused the politician entry on that grounds that he “would threaten community security and therefore public security”. Mr Wilders had been invited to the House of Lords to show his 17-minute film, Fitna, which criticises the Koran as a “fascist book” and compares Islam to Nazism.

Signalling that talks on forming a coalition government had already begun, Mr Wilders on Thursday dropped his opposition to Liberal plans to raise the Dutch retirement age to 67 from 65.

“It is a very important point but not a reason to wreck a cabinet,” he said. “[A potential coalition] is really good news. We want to work together and make compromises.”

Many Dutch Muslims have been alarmed at the election result. In October, around the time coalition talks are expected to conclude, Mr Wilders goes faces a trial on charges of inciting racial hatred against Muslims.

“I think everyone is afraid, afraid that the PVV will end up in government,” said a Muslim woman, too scared to give her full name, in the Gouda immigrant suburb of Oosterwei.

Jan Peter Balkenende, the former Dutch prime minister, has resigned as Christian Democrat leader after a catastrophic result for his party in elections dominated by the economic crisis and debates over non-Western immigration.

5 Replies to “Geert Wilders to enter Dutch government after support for anti-Islamic party triples”

  1. The right coalition might gather some support from the SGP (Christian-Conservatives) who own 2 seats in the Dutch parliament, which would give the right coalition a majority of 3 seats.

    The cause of this is the danger that someone in the coalition might decide to drop out and start there own party instantly destroying the majority of seats required.

  2. Support should have been ten-fold.

    His party is one of the few in the west that understands the true political underpinnings of Islam and how Muslims use and abuse the freedoms of the west to try and impose sharia law over everyone.

    I only wish that there were more parties in the free world that thinks the same.

  3. The media persists in calling Wilders “far-right” but I don’t believe his positions reflect that. He’s a self-declared libertarian, an atheist, he’s not antisemitic and he’s pro-Israel, he is not anti-homosexual, not bigoted toward non-whites, he is not intolerant of those Muslims who want to assimilate, become Dutch and adopt Dutch values. He wants to deport those who insist on Islam’s supremacy and commit violent acts in the name of their god. What right-wing values does he hold?

  4. You know, I’ve tried to find out who the heck the “Far Right” is and I still don’t really know. Is it White Supremicist prison guys, Ku Klux Klanners, German Skin-Head Neo Nazis, American ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ survivalists, Timothy McVeigh-loving Turner Diaries readers? I don’t really know for sure. I’ve gone to most of their websites and two things are certain: none of them think the Holocaust happened and they all hate Jews. Oh, yeah. They all seem to admire Adoph Hitler quite a bit. I didn’t know Geert Wilders was a Holocaust-denying, Hitler admiring, Jew-hater. Thank God we have the Mainstream Media to keep us informed of such things, or we’d all be in the dark.

  5. Chris Jones:
    “Who the heck the “Far Right”:

    This has been puzzling me for years to.

    Anti-Semitic is obviously from the left not from the right.

    White supremacist and KKK has been from its conception from the left when it was popular to be racists. After the New Deal the blacks poured from the Republican Party (more conservative) into the democrat party and now the democrats pander to blacks. The small white supremacists that are left are split between the parties because neither likes them.

    Nazi’s are socialists obviously leftist.

    American ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ survivalists yes they are right wing.

    I think the best example of extreme right wing would be the People’s Action Party of Singapore. I believe that is/was the most right wing ever.

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