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Support for Geert Wilders’ “Freedom Party” Drops Over Crisis

Still my favorite picture of Geert Wilders

If Geert Wilders’ consistent and prolonged anti-Islam/Muslim diatribes weren’t enough of a reason to quit supporting him…

If Geert Wilders anti-freedom policies and attacks on civil liberties weren’t enough of a reason to quit supporting him…

If  Geert Wilders xenophobic fearmongering about Polish and Eastern European immigrants to the Netherlands weren’t enough of a reason to quit supporting him…

There’s another reason: The defection of a senior Freedom Party (PVV) MP Hero Brinkman, an ideological counterpart who parted ways with Wilders due to his “autocratic nature” and “unqualified stance against immigration.”

At least that is what polling data seems to be showing:

Geert Wilders support drops over party crisis

The anti-immigration party would now have 21 seats in parliament, three less than the number of seats it won at the last elections, held nearly 18 months ago. MP Hero Brinkman, seen as a key ideologue, left the party earlier this week in protest at Mr Wilders’ autocratic style and unqualified anti-immigrant stance. However, if elections were held now, Mr Brinkman would lack enough support to gain an independent seat, according to the weekly survey.

The minority government of liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte depends on Mr Wilders’ Freedom Party for a majority in parliament. Now that Mr Brinkman has broken ranks with Mr Wilders, the conservative cabinet may have to rely on other parties as well, in particular on the tiny Christian fundamentalist SGP party.

The minority cabinet has already relied on Labour, the Democrats 66 and the Green Left parties for all those policies not supported by Mr Wilders, such as giving financial aid to Greece and bolstering the euro in general.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

We can’t read too much into these sorts of polls, especially when one considers the fickle nature of polling. However, it is significant, in that it exposes not only rifts and cracks in Wilders movement, but also potential fallout.

What remains to be seen is how Wilders and company will react to all this. Will they ignore this trend or just plain dismiss it? Will they become more aggressive and double down? Will they tone down their jingoistic rhetoric?

In the meantime it seems Wilders hatemongering is continuing to have repercussions:

The Polish Wilders Hates Poles

“I don’t just hate the Poles who work in the Netherlands, I hate all Poles” says Geert Wilders.

It’s not the real Wilders, it’s a satirical programme on Polish television. The Freedom Party leader himself hasn’t gone that far. However, his party does have a website where Dutch people can leave their complaints about Eastern European immigrants. It has been stirring up emotions in Poland for weeks, according to our correspondent Ekke Overbeek.

Szymon Majewski is a well-known Polish comedian with a popular show on the country’s biggest commercial station. In front of a backdrop of windmills, ‘Wilders’ begins the sketch by saying good evening in Dutch (goeie avond). The word goeie, however, means something unpleasant in Polish, so the stage is set. He then explains, in Polish, that he hates all Poles because they drink too much.

Another film, posted on YouTube, has an Asian man telling us that all foreigners, even Dutch, are welcome in Poland. Having nearly been run over by foul-mouthed Dutch people on bikes, he invites all Dutch people to come to Poland for the European football championships. “Poles are friendly and helpful. All the ugly, nasty, greedy Poles are over in the Netherlands”. He is joined by the same fake Wilders who says “Holland for the Dutch.”

Jokes about drugs, euthanasia and abortion follow. The final gag: “You may have a world famous Red Light District, but we have something better. Here you get screwed as soon as you step into a taxi at the airport.”

The Freedom Party’s complaints website has regularly made the news in Poland for over a month. The affair drags on because the Dutch government, which owes its parliamentary majority to Geert Wilders’ support, refuses to disown the website. Prime Minister Mark Rutte says it is an initiative by a political party and has nothing to do with his government. He was asked to appear before the European parliament and explain this stance but chose not to go.

The appearance of a Wilders clone on Polish TV shows that the controversy is beginning to affect the Netherlands image abroad. Until recently, most Poles thought of the Netherlands as a tolerant country, with good job prospects. The number of Polish people in the Netherlands is estimated at between 150 and 200 thousand.

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For those of you who speak Polish (there are no subtitles), here is the second clip:

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  • http://www.wmonline.com BuddhaShrink

    @Franczeska and CriticalDragon1177

    Indeed, people can and do change and both of you are excellent examples.

    I’m not worried about you CriticalDragon1177 at all! I like and appreciate your numerous thoughtful comments.

    I am worried about anyone who would say that they are a “huge fan” of Geert Wilders as No imaginary friends here proclaimed. And yes, as I wrote above, I do “suspect” that No imaginary friends here is also known as Eric Allen Bell. Knowing that Bell had previously been banned from commenting on Loonwatch, I thought it important to provide Loonwatch moderators with a possible heads-up and something to consider.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Franczeska

    I’m glad you gave up your antisemetic views, much like I gave up my Islamophobic views. Bigotry of any kind is bad.

  • Franczeska

    Regarding the exchange between two of the posters on this thread discussing one’s current support of Geert Wilders: People can indeed change. It sometimes takes a while, but still. I was quite a Jew-Hater for a number of years. It was actually the study of Islam and Islamophobia, the latter primarily via Loonwatch, along with my family’s unconditional love, that changed my views about Jewish people. So yes, people most certainly can and do change:)

  • Garibaldi

    Thanks for the tip RDS.

  • RDS

    Not sure if Danios (or others) want to cover this, but it seems Israel has severed ties to UN Human Rights Committee over their decision to send fact-finding teams to Israel to analyze the implications of the settlement movement.

    It’s becoming increasingly hard for me to categorize this other than a hissy-fit knee-jerk reaction to something that doesn’t suit the Israeli narrative of things. But then again, what do I know…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @BuddhaShrink

    Don’t worry, I wasn’t holding my breath. It took me far too long to stop supporting the “anti jihad movement” despite all the overwhelming evidence against my position. I don’t expect it to be easy to change people’s minds who are already convinced of something. Anyway, you think No Imaginary Friends, and Eric Allen Bell are the same person?

  • http://www.wmonline.com BuddhaShrink

    @CriticalDragon1177

    You wrote to No imaginary friends here and wondered about why someone whose comments you have not seen before, would be a huge fan of Geert Wilders. And you kindly expressed hope that he would change his mind.

    Hope is good but don’t hold your breath waiting for No imaginary friends here to change his mind anytime soon, as I suspect that he is also known as Eric Allen Bell.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Emperor

    Speaking of good news, did you hear about this?

    Anti-Shariah Movement Losing Steam
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/40116_Anti-Shariah_Movement_Losing_Steam

    Here’s the story in more detail if you follow the link Charles Johnson gave us.

    Anti-Shariah movement loses steam in state legislatures
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/anti-shariah-movement-loses-steam-in-state-legislatures/2012/03/22/gIQAphNxTS_story.html

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @No imaginary friends here,

    You wrote,
    ————————————————-
    Very sad news I’m a huge supporter of Mr Wilders.
    ————————————————-

    I’m sorry to hear that. I was a supporter of Wilders at one time as well, before I came to realize what that really meant. I haven’t read too many other comments by you, so hopefully you don’t share his views on Islam, maybe you support him for some other reason. But even so, I really hope you change your mind.

  • revenge

    Thinking of Geert Wilders always makes me think of this scene from Austin Powers in Goldmember:

  • http://www.wmonline.com BuddhaShrink

    “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, but it bends towards Justice.” Martin Luther King Jr.

    Stay strong, nonviolent, kind and compassionate. Those with frozen hearts will self destruct.

  • No imaginary friends here

    Very sad news I’m a huge supporter of Mr Wilders.

  • Reynardine

    By the way, Pamela Geller has been featured in the SPLC Intelligence Report.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Emperor

    I hope this is true. I hope support for Wilders and his misnamed “freedom party” continues to plummet and I hope the he and his party continue doing whatever it is that’s causing them to loose support.

  • Jurek

    Who says eastern Europeans don’t have a sense of humor?

  • mindy1

    Go away Geert, you are not wanted

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