Looks like even the placid Dutch have had enough with the Gree Nude Heel:
The upstart populist pro-farmer party FarmerCitizenMovement (BoerBurgerBeweging, or BBB) shook the foundations of politics in the Netherlands overnight, securing a significant victory in Wednesday’s provincial elections on the back of growing resentment against the globalist government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his plans to introduce Great Reset-style environmental policies.
At the time of this reporting, BBB is expected to pick up an astonishing 16 seats in the 75-seat Senate, after previously holding zero. With 94 per cent of the vote counted, turnout is projected to have been around 57.5 per cent, the highest since the 1980s.
…and with good reason:
The driving factor for the groundswell of support for the pro-farming party was opposition to the government’s plans to implement EU-mandated cuts on the use of nitrogen fertilisers by as much as 70 per cent in some areas of the country by the end of the decade, with 92 per cent of BBB voters citing the policy as a motivating factor for their vote.
The elections, which also will determine the makeup of the provincial governments, could see the BBB take power in the very regions that the government is trying to impose its green agenda, potentially spelling more problems for the globalist governing coalition, which saw its total number of seats fall from 32 to 24.
Despite the trouncing in last night’s elections, the government’s minister for nature and nitrogen policy, Christianne van der Wal signaled on Thursday morning that the controversial nitrogen policy will continue to be on the agenda because the government believes it is mandated to push it through under EU law.
From the newcomers:
In response, the BBB leader Van der Plas said that her comments were “complete bullshit” and that “everything can change, if you want.”
We could use some of that plain language Over Here.
Well done, Dutchies!
Not sure this is a good thing for farmers. Watch this video with Michael Yon to see a more informed view of who the BBB is. Turns out they don’t represent the feelings of the hard core farmers who are refusing the green initiative orders from above. https://www.bitchute.com/video/hAeFmWm2p8Jm/
wonder why my post didn’t appear…
BBB getting a majority in the senate won’t mean anything as Rutte’s gang and their left wing allies/controllers in the greens and labour still retain a majority in both houses of parliament (these elections only affect the makeup of the senate btw).
The shift is MAINLY from FvD to BBB, which is a change from Alex Jones to Tucker Carlson in ideology.
Is that a bad or a good thing?
the leader of FvD is completely bonkers.
From claiming that covid doesn’t exist, is just a ‘far left conspiracy’, to claiming that covid vaccines are actually the disease itself (how is that possible if the disease doesn’t exist?), to claiming that Putin is a good friendly guy who’s just liberating his besieged countrymen being murdered by Hitler in Ukraine.
He also has come out with some serious tyranical tendencies.
I used to like the party’s program, but his actions over the last 2 years have completely destroyed the entire party’s credibility.
I don’t follow European politics at all but I think that getting rid of unelected politicians and bureaucrats is very good for every group of people. The Dutch and most of Europe would be better off with a much weaker EU. Keep the EU to ease trade amongst Europeans and that’s it. Leave individual countries to regulate their own affairs.
That’s pretty much what most citizens want, but the ruling elite of course has other ideas and the general population in the EU has been well and truly stripped of any real power to resist the ruling elite since the end of WW2 if not longer.
Most people who remember the EEC from the 1970s and ’80s want to go back to those days, when what’s now the EU was to be a trade cooperative to make economic cooperation easier by removing barriers.
This led to a gradual coordination of national law and economic policies because it quickly became apparent that having some countries with lower wages and taxes and others with higher wages and taxes was leading to giving those lower wage countries massive advantages in trade with the rest of the EEC.
And in part those differences still exist and cause problems. For example the wages, training standards, and proficiency requirements for truckers and some other regulated professions are way lower in countries like Poland and Romania than they are in for example the Netherlands and Germany, which led to most Dutch and German trucking firms to lay off most all their local staff and hire low wage Poles and Romanians instead, even set up shadow companies in those countries and reregister their vehicle fleets so they could escape the stricter environmental and safety standards for vehicles imposed by their home countries.
This led to one town near where I live losing like 70% of its jobs (its main employers were several very large trucking companies, who got rid of all their Dutch drivers and maintenance staff, moved their entire fleets to the Polish registry, and set up shops there with Polish staff and drivers at a fraction of the cost), going almost overnight from a quite wealthy town to a place where the majority of the citizens are unemployed and unemployable.
Things like that are what triggered the ever greater integration of national law and regulations across the EU, and people tend to agree that this is overall a good thing if we want to keep the economic integration in place.
That we may not want to keep that integration in place rarely crosses most peoples’ minds, as most people mainly see the upsides of it from easy travel, for the northern countries easier access to holiday destinations around the Mediterranean, and for the people there more tourist income.
16 out of 75 is only about 21%. I don’t see any reporting of how many seats their Prime Minister Rutte’s own party lost, but I doubt it’s ever had a majority, or even 30 seats = 40%. The trouble with parliamentary systems is that most governments are formed by a coalition of several minority parties – and if they hold together, no matter how despised by the majority of voters, they can stay in until _one_ opposition party gets an actual majority of 50% + 1.
And then there’s how the coalition makes decisions. Ideally, they would be sincerely discussing the possibilities, finding out the facts, and reaching a consensus. In the real world where most politicians are narcissists, it tends to turn into a dictatorship of the one most ruthless in ignoring reality and forcing cooperation from other politicians… Piet Hein wrote a poem about this over 50 years ago:
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