I cannot confess to know a great deal about Dutch politics being in the UK. Most Brits are still confused whether to actually call the country Holland or the Netherlands? The only Dutch political party I have ever heard of is the D66 party, its a liberal centre party with a popular visible presence on twitter.. Like most European countries the Netherlands as a broad spectrum of political parties like the Christian Democrats CDA (centre right) and socialists parties on the left.
There are many more parties of different political shades here if you wish to familiarise yourself more with all Dutch political parties There as always been a loose bond between Netherlands and the UK, both are countries which are proponents of enlightened democracies and free trading nations. Something like 85% of Dutch people speak English, the highest percentage in Europe, which never ceases to is amaze me when ever I visit the Netherlands.
But the whole of Europe, like the Netherlands is going through a type of deep cultural crisis and change. Europe since the 1960’s and the 1970’s as had decades of corrective thinking, multiculturalism, gender studies, all this as emanated from the European academic left and the political left. To criticise those decades of ingrained ideology at that time you would be quickly labelled a ignorant racist etc. Europe had become so PC, so politically correct, everyone was afraid of expressing any real or true opinions due to looking out of step with long established accepted ideals.
Now there as been a definite and perceptible mood swing in the opposite direction, people are starting to question this fuzzy warm socialist way of accepting facts that everything in this world must be equal, by order of some government body full of left leaning academics. The pervading and growing threat of Islamic fundamentalists as woken many people up from their politically correct multicultural slumbers.
Example – There are now thousands of mosques right across Europe, but there as not been one single church built in Saudi Arabia. Europeans are starting to question their easy going liberal beliefs. One man, a Dutch man stepped right up to the plate and spoke about the growing threat of radical Islam, the elephant in the room that everyone was so nervous to discuss, the growing threat of Islam in Europe.
Many elite politicians, journalists, academics, all tactfully avoided the subject for fear of offending the decades of politically correct dogma that we have all been spoon fed on for so long. The one man who spoke up and is still speaking out, is Geert Wilders of the PVV Dutch party. He is out spoken and clearly states what he believes in, and in a age of clone politicians all being media managed, well its a breath of fresh air to the stifling and suffocating atmosphere of the the modern PC world we all now live in.
The EU in Brussels is in a sort of semi state of panic as they now have labelled any out spoken political parties in Europe as ‘populist’, but isn’t that what democracy is supposed to be all about. Maybe Brussels as forgotten that simple democratic principle, when you stop listening to your citizens and your voters, well maybe its time for all the over paid eurocrats and the Brussels professional career politicians to go, just depart and leave their political office’s ASAP. Europe now needs a new direction, in a new world.