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Whether he is convinced or not, and whether he can win in the court of public opinion or not, sadly and more importantly, he is already winning on policy -- and that result seems quite explicitly racist:

EUobserver / Dutch coalition to target burqas, Muslim immigration

Anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders has emerged triumphant in Dutch coalition talks, with the new government to introduce a bill on banning the Muslim face veil and to try to halve the number of "non-Western" immigrants in the country.

The Netherlands' new "Freedom and responsibility" coalition formally includes just the Liberal Party (VVD) and the the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). But the 46-page-long coalition agreement by the minority government makes far-reaching concessions on burqas and immigration rules in order to be able to count on parliamentary support from Mr Wilders' PVV faction.

(My emphasis)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 05:22:03 PM EST
A bit more on the new Dutch government and the viability of their policy proposals, later this week, I hope.

And BTW: the EU observer neglects to observe that immigration to the Netherlands has already halved under the 3000 days of Balkenende...

by Nomad on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 06:50:29 PM EST
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