Wilders criticised for language in parliament
Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen has criticised the language used by Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilders in the Dutch parliament on Wednesday.
“If it was meant to be funny, he missed the mark,” he said. Mr Verhagen went on to explain it was up to the speaker of the house to decide whether Mr Wilders’ words were acceptable.
MPs from all sides of the house expressed dissatisfaction with Mr Wilders’ performance during the first day of the parliamentary debate on the budget.
The leaders of the Labour, Socialist, Green Left, D66 Democrat and Christian Union parties all objected during the debate to what they described as Mr Wilders’ lack of respect when talking about subjects including Islam and his fellow MPs.
Christian Democrat leader, Sybrand van Haersma said: “If you have freedom of speech, you’ve also got to have respect. I missed that in Mr Wilders.”
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