The recent Dutch elections—portrayed by the controlled media as a “defeat” for Geert Wilders’ PVV party—saw a 43 percent increase in his vote total, and saw the far left vote fracture into three other parties—including a racially-based nonwhite Muslim faction.
Wilders was never going to win the election, and the controlled media had been pushing that possibility with the deliberate intention of creating a post-election depression among his supporters—but the establishment can take no comfort from the results.
Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) polled 1,367,188 votes, or 13.1 percent of the vote, taking 20 seats, up from the previous 15 seats won at the last election.
The devil is, however, in the detail. The turnout was remarkably high—10,436,553 votes, or 80.4 percent.
At the last election in 2012, the PVV polled 950,263 votes, a result which puts the 2017 total of 1,367,188 votes into perspective.
In fact, the increase may even have been bigger than that—in 2014, the PVV only polled 633,114 votes during the 2014 European Parliament elections. Turnout during European Parliament elections is however always lower.
The controlled media has also made much of a supposed “rise” in support for “new” far-left crypto-communist parties, notably the GroenLinks (“Green Left”) party.
Just like the controlled media’s obfuscation of the PVV result, the GroenLinks “growth” is not “new,” but merely a breakaway from the traditional Dutch far left Labor Party (PvdA).
In the election, the GroenLinks party polled 8.9 percent of the vote, while the PvdA vote collapsed to 5.7 percent, a drop of more than 19 percent from the previous election.
PvdA voters also broke away to support other far left parties, with a substantial number of nonwhites leaving for the DENK party, the first political movement catering specifically to Muslims in the Netherlands.
DENK polled 259,615 votes, enough to win three members of the Dutch parliament.
DENK was founded by two Turks, Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk, who were formerly with the PvdA before founding their own party.
The real cause of the continued confused election results in the Netherlands is that country’s electoral system.
Like many other European states, Dutch elections are run on a proportional representation basis, which means that if a party wins 13 percent of the vote, it gets 13 percent of the seats in parliament.
While this system is clearly fairer than a “first past the post” system (where a party that polls 49 percent of the vote often ends up with a small number of seats), it does have a flaw in that it leads to a fracturing of the political party system.
In the Dutch case, this has led to no less than 13 parties being represented in the new parliament.
The only way to prevent this from happening is to adopt the German method of proportional representation elections. Under the German system, a party has to get at least 5 percent of the vote before it qualifies for representation in parliament.
This prevents nuisance parties from entering parliament, and also allows the larger parties to claim a larger share of the seats, making for more stable governments.
Needless to say, if the Dutch had the German system, there is little doubt that the PVV’s share of the vote, and the seats, would be considerably higher.
Currently, the “winner” of the election, prime minster Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), and the PVV together, only made up 33 percent of the Parliament, with 11 more political parties constituting the rest.
The previous Dutch parliament was comprised of even more parties, but what has really changed is the relative size of the parties. In 1986, the top three parties together won 85 percent of the vote. In 2003, it was down to 74 percent. Today it is just around 45 percent.
It is expected that the conservatives, liberals, and far left parties will now have to form a collation to govern the Netherlands—as no one will go into coalition with Wilders.
This will play right into Wilders’ hands, as it has been one of his campaign arguments that the other parties are actually all the same.
As Wilders promised on Twitter:
“We were the 3rd largest party of the Netherlands. Now we are the 2nd largest party. Next time we will be nr. 1!”
- Note This story has been amended to correct an error which said that the total turnout was 12,980,788 votes during the 2017 election. In fact, this was the total number of voters, and the actual turnout, 80.4 percent, was 10,436,553 votes. All the other calculations have been adjusted accordingly.