Local elections: D66 warn about impact of PVV rise on The Hague

8th January 2014, Comments 5 comments

Liberal democratic party D66 has kicked off its local election campaign in The Hague with a warning that international organisations might leave the city if the anti-immigration PVV comes to power.

Two opinion polls have recently predicted Geert Wilders' party could be the biggest in the city after the March 19 vote.

D66 campaign leader Ingrid van Engelshoven said she did not believe any more international organisations in the field of peace and justice would locate to The Hague if the PVV is in charge.

Jobs

‘That will not only hurt our reputation but will cost us millions of euros and thousands of jobs,' she said.

In addition, established institutions may leave the city, she warned. ‘I can well imagine the PVV's standpoints would conflict with international organisations' ideals and they would consider leaving if made a good offer by another city.'

The Hague and Almere are the only cities where the PVV took part in the 2010 local elections. In The Hague the party won eight seats on the city council with 17% of the vote but was excluded from power-sharing.

Resignations

Since then, the local group has been hit by several resignations and now has five seats. Labour is the biggest party in The Hague, with 10 seats on the 45 seat council.

A TNS Nipo poll for the city council a month ago said PVV support was up marginally at 18% but that support for Labour was down from 21% to 17%.

Last weekend, a Maurice de Hond poll for D66 painted a similar picture. In that poll, just over half of the 600 people questioned said the PVV should not be part of the next administration.



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5 Comments To This Article

  • reynesdilar posted:

    on 26th January 2014, 01:08:06 - Reply

    @woods
    People had hindsight after WWI, and still did vote for Hitler anyway, despite this 'hindsight', and that escalated tensions leading up to WWII.

    The reason why history repeats itself, if not because of lack of hindsight.
    It is because generations die, and youth grows up without any knowledge about history, or actual understanding the consequences of their voting actions.

    History will keep repeating itself. Even today, because too few survivors of those wars are around to be out there on the barricades trying to prevent us from voting the same extremists into power.

    PVV is funded by Israel, and funding levels are kept secret by PVV (while other parties are transparent about funding). Correct if I am wrong, but what business does Israel have trying to get a Dutch party voicing Israeli opinion within Netherlands borders? I don't see Dutch funding political parties in Suriname? Why does Israel need to stick its nose into Dutch politics, other than with the purpose of exporting similar anti arab/middle east tensions which already exist in Israel?
  • Joost posted:

    on 13th January 2014, 16:28:46 - Reply

    The PVV has not been 'excluded from power-sharing' due to some strange or undemocratic regulations, but rather because no other parties ended up forming a coalition with the PVV. This coalition is currently formed by PvdA (9 seats), VVD (7 seats), D66 (6 seats) and CDA (3 seats). Coalitions like these are based upon mutual agreement by parties who together have a majority, and the first initiative is taken by the largest party in the council (in this case: PvdA).

    Also, because some PVV-members left the PVV-fraction, there are now only 5 PVV council members left.
  • Woods posted:

    on 9th January 2014, 22:50:18 - Reply

    Your 2 cents is appreciated. However, I disagree. Either you have a democracy or you don't. A majority vote, a democratically elected party, by the people, should in no way be 'excluded from power-sharing'. This makes a mockery of the term 'democracy'. I agree Hitler and Mussolini's parties were not (to put it mildly) ideal - however, we are fortunate to have, in this case, hindsight. People voting for them at the time did not.

    And why do you assume, as you presumably do, that the PVV deny 'the right to have a different culture or belief'? If you understood, and read, their policies you would see that they do not deny this right and, furthermore, far from Wilders being 'fascist', he is a great supporter of Israel (something I am actually at odds with).
  • Helga posted:

    on 9th January 2014, 14:43:02 - Reply

    Hitler and Mussolini got the majority of votes as well.
    I think you will agree that the world would have been a better place if their parties had not been allowed to take part in power-sharing.
    There is a difference between democracy and abuse of democracy against basic human rights, such as the right to have a different culture or belief.
    Just my 2cents.
  • Woods posted:

    on 9th January 2014, 14:33:51 - Reply

    If PVV won 8 seats why, when it was a democratically elected party, was it 'excluded from power-sharing'?