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Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

by Oui Tue Mar 16th, 2021 at 02:10:21 PM EST


Unexpectedly, not to my surprise, the BIG lie caught up with caretaker PM Mark Rutte ...

The End of Mark Rutte? | April 1, 2021 |

Trust eroded badly from pre-election 54% to 25% today 😡


In recent weeks the Liberal Freedom Party VVD lost the equivalent of 10 seats in polling from a record high of 43 seats. Mark Rutte back on Earth.

Conservative Dutch leader has a long list of mismanagement in government during his tenure of 10 years.

The most serious for me is the obfuscation, his secrecy in decision making and withholding crucial information from Parliament - de Tweede Kamer. This deficit has been named the Rutte Doctrine.

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

Major policy flaws in random order ...

Reparations damage to homes and business in Northern province Groningen due to half a century extracting natural gas and the resulting earthquakes.

Failure to meet EU Standards on CO2 reduction and advance sustainable energy.

Wrongful designation of fraud by 100,000 tax payers due to inadequate controls and laissez fair position tax authority. Lasted for a decade and put households in financial ruin.

A decade of austerity in healthcare privatizing hospitals and cutting numbers of beds and ICU facilities across the country.

Tax relief for large multinationals and increasing inequality. Leaving small business enterprise behind and making redundancy more corporation friendly.

Dutch employees are far worse off lacking indefinite labour contracts or ultimately work on hourly basis or as self-employed lacking any social safety net.

This array of Conservative policy has led to economic ruin of the individual, small business and extreme high number of deaths during corona pandemic.

The Buck Stops Here: Political Theater and lessons of accountability amidst Holland's benefits affair

On 15 January, 2021 the entire third-term cabinet of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's right-wing VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) party resigned after a multi-year investigation found that between 2013 and 2019 government tax officials (Belastingdienst) wrongly accused tens of thousands of working families of making fraudulent childcare benefit claims and ordered them to repay the allowances back in full. Most of these families were racially profiled according to their foreign-sounding last names. The fraud of accusing these immigrant or foreign-background Dutch families of cheating on their benefits, caused major harms.

Mark Rutte has been riding high in the polls and popularity ranking for many years. His party had to move further to the right on policy of immigration leading to intensive division in the nation. Rutte praying the xenophobic and Islamophobic card to prevent his electorate to vote for Geert Wilders or recently Thierry Baudet.

Former leading parties in Dutch Politics and administrations Labour (PvdA) and Christian Democrats (CDA) have been a failure and are a minority with 16 and 10 seats in latest polls. The only surprise has been a centrum Liberal party of Sigrid Kaag, the leader of D66.

There are over thirty parties participating in thus week's general election for Parliament. As the results are announced later this week, a new administration will be composed of the same four or five parties composed as of today ... no big surprises. There is always a third of the electorate who will decide late as he/she enters the voting booth.

The Left and Social Solidarity is nowhere to be seen ... did not survive the turn of the century and the effects of 9/11 and military policy of Bush and Neocons. Society has changed drastically, all vulnerable persons are trampled in the market economy. Winning characters are possessed with high level of Narcissism and selfishness. The planet has become a chilly place with climate change running amok much similar to a virus - unstoppable.

A recent article is one of the very few with criticism of Rutte and his failed leadership ...

A prime minister who has become jaded after ten years and who no longer shows any real decisiveness, except for fine words, and who brushes off problems with a broad smile.

It was typical last Friday, when a distraught hospitality entrepreneur in Nieuwsuur asked Rutte questions about financial aid and said: "Why do you keep smiling at my question?" Rutte had to apologize stammering.

What surprises me most is that in all media coverage there is hardly any mention of a bankrupt prime minister, responsible for a caretaker cabinet.

Responsibility, the word that has become a kind of mantra for him (see the Wilders-Rutte debate at Pauw). What about the Dutch who still think Rutte is a strong leader and who want to vote for him? Because: "He is doing quite well".

For the sake of convenience, we forget the lack of leadership in relation to ordinary citizens. Are we forgetting the weak handling of the earthquake damage in Groningen? Have we forgotten years of unfairly accusing citizens of childcare allowance fraud?

Are we forgetting the lack of leadership in combating covid with too few masks, too little testing capacity, too little differentiation in the opening of shops, schools, catering and now the slow vaccination?

Not to mention how the Netherlands dangles at the bottom of the list of countries that must achieve the climate goals or structurally underpay the police, teachers and nurses.

Embracing the image of a prime minister who profiles himself as a leader for the Netherlands is everyone's right. Only, don't expect any more decisiveness from a politician who sits on the plush for too long.

Rutte IV will not complete its four year term as Parliament will start an enquete, two investigations...

So sad ... Mark Rutte competes for votes with Geert Wilders ...

Lessons from the Netherlands on staying in power | FT |

Extended PR team to put slogans into his mouth:

How his PR team succeeded in keeping the term "Rutte Doctrine" out of the campaign | NRC |

Until now, Rutte's political assistants were always women, with the exception of the two times that Caroliene Hermans was on maternity leave. She was replaced by defense spokesman Peter Valstar, now a candidate MP for the VVD. Close employees have known for a long time that Rutte is afraid of missing out if there is not a woman who watches and thinks along with him.

The campaign team also includes former RTL journalist Kees Berghuis, leading spokesperson for the VVD, communications specialist Bas Erlings, the campaign manager of the Benjamin van Es party bureau, the head of the online department Robert van As, the secretary of the parliamentary party Eelco Heinen and deputy head of policy Boudewijn Beukers. VVD party chairman Klaas Dijkhoff sometimes also contributes, Rutte thinks his ideas are very important.

Over the years, they have often been the same faces at the VVD. Rutte does not like changes. He feels good when the people in his team know and trust each other through and through.

In campaigns, the VVD, and especially Mark Rutte himself, has a maxim: do not talk to the outside world about tactics. Rutte can get very angry if someone does, even if it is long after the elections. Nevertheless, it is clear that the VVD's strategy is different this year than in previous elections. More than ever, Mark Rutte, the crisis prime minister, is central. The VVD has risen by about ten seats in the polls since the outbreak of the corona pandemic. After major televised speeches about the corona by Prime Minister Rutte, the VVD kept rising a little in the polls. Jan Driessen, Rutte's former campaign strategist, speaks of the "premier bonus de luxe".

So everything revolves around Rutte. He is not naturally enthusiastic about this, would rather slogans on posters than his own head. But, says VVD adviser Ben Verwaayen, if it has been agreed that way, Rutte will do what is expected of him. "He is very disciplined about that. And he treats his team the way he treats all his employees, he trusts them to do their job well and doesn't think he knows better."

From the diaries ...

Dutch Government  Collapse | Jan. 16, 2021 |


This reader's letter poses a fascinating question: Why are we so satisfied with Mark Rutte? Not even mentioning the #support affair, the scandal around Moria, the increasing inequality, increasing child poverty, doubling of the homeless and many other failures!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 16th, 2021 at 09:47:52 PM EST
Is it the rally around the leader in a crisis factor?

According to Wikipedia his poll numbers went up in March last year and are really just now coming down.

by fjallstrom on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 10:42:31 AM EST
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VVD Campaign is about "leadership" during the pandemic ... all posters are just his person ... late in recent weeks there seems to be somewhat of a backlash ... the buck stops at his desk for the many failures.

This late tweet is typical of the criticism ...

The Dutch remember that Pinocchio Rutte is turning to the left. This means more asylum, more EU contributions, more lockdowns, more idiotic climate regulations. More taxes, less authority, less democracy. Do you want that ??? 🇳🇱🇳🇱🇳🇱🇳🇱 No, that's clear.

Even the debates were less about economic policy looking forward ... more of a blame game looking to the past. Very little about change and decisions on Green energy and sustainability. Rutte even managed to propose building two new nuclear reactors. One in Groningen (!) and the other near Borssele in Zeeland.

Nuclear power is back on the political agenda, with a right-left divide

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 11:20:53 AM EST
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Clicked to see who Medusa was. Saw this:

"Voor Nederlandse waarden tegen alles wat links is.komt op voor de boeren en de vissers.
lid van FVD maar ben ook voor de PVV tegen Brussel"

No surprise given that the tweet is criticizing Rutte for not being right-wing enough. If that is the alternative, stick with Rutte.

by det on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 12:14:11 PM EST
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As so often Rutte has demonstrated, he's Conservative with Tory values ... friendly with Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.

One can hardly be satisfied to compare Farage with BoJo and be happy with the latter. Decades ago, the Christian Democrats, D66 Liberal Democrats and Labour Party PvdA combination held power as centrists ... the Rutte administrations have followed Conservative policy on the economy, finances and trouncing on the less fortunate. No "Third Way" and no solidarity with the less educated working people. Inequality has grown... in Mediterranean countries he is hated for austerity and being "stingy" adding conditions to COVID Relief packages. Rutte is not well liked by Merkel nor Macron ... Rutte Power play failed with the Nordic nations.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 04:42:04 PM EST
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Christian democrat victory and collapse of the populists in the Netherlands

The CDA Christian Democrats won the Dutch General Elections by a narrow margin on 22nd January, with one additional seat in comparison with the vote on 15th May last year (44 seats, only two seats more than the Labour PvdA).

Jan Peter Balkenende, the outgoing Prime Minister will therefore be requested by Queen Beatrix to form the future Dutch government; not an easy task since the leader of the Christian Democrat Party (CDA) declared on many occasions during the electoral campaign that he did not want to govern with the Social Democrats.

Thus JP Balkenende as new PM with Christian Democrat Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as FM were solid in power and supported the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq politically, but not militarily. Once a coalition with UN mandate was formed did the Dutch provide troops in a Southern province.

The populist party of Pim Fortuyn, assassinated weeks before the May 2002 election lost most seats. In the void a Hirsi Ali, Rita Verdonk and Geert Wilders entered as a new rightwing populust candidates... all split from the Conservative VVD Party. ⁉️

The rightwing rhetoric fed by funding of FEAR Inc., led to an uncomfortable division in society based xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Diversity in choice of 37 parties taking part in this election.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 05:37:18 PM EST

The only true polling place: counting the votes!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 08:10:04 PM EST
Forming a new cabinet could be easy with the same four parties:

VVD  35
CU   4

D66  27
CDA  14

Total 80 seats in Parliament

Big loss for the Christian Democrats CDA ... may want to abstain and sit this period in the bleachers.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 08:16:54 PM EST
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Doesn't seem great. I hear the BIJ1 at least are decent sorts?
by generic on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 08:52:28 PM EST
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Political party BIJ1 Bijeen ... acronym means together. True splinter party ... managed to make more adversaries than friends. 😄 🌒

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 09:07:45 PM EST
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Result of D66 with Sigfrid Kaag was the biggest winner, but how about Volt? Unknown to Dutch voter a few months ago ... youthful and promising ... likely will enter with 3 seats ⁉️

We're building a united and federal Europe, where everyone has the highest human rights, environmental, social, and technological standards. [Volt Europa]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 18th, 2021 at 07:01:44 AM EST

Dutch cops make racist remarks over teen girl's murder

Dutch girl shot dead in Rotterdam school bike shed | BBC News - Dec. 19, 2018 |

Rotterdam was first large City providing a foothold for rightwing rhetoric and xenophobia ... Pim Fortuyn - Geert Wilders - Thierry Baudet- "Leefbaar Nederland" i.e. expressing Nationalist feelings.

Blaming the "Left" and Socialism for failure on immigration. The facts are the migrants were hired by corporations to perform tasks at low wages. The temporary jobs led to permanent residency and family reunion over decades.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 08:56:32 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 09:10:46 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 09:12:12 PM EST
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Clasic! All negotiators should get a non-transparent briefcase on the first day...
by fjallstrom on Tue Mar 30th, 2021 at 11:43:39 AM EST
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Can happen 🤣

Kasja Ollongren is responsible for Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 30th, 2021 at 09:17:30 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 09:13:23 PM EST
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Many are often seen w/o the face mask ...

Minister Ollongren had left the conference room in a hurry after she tested positive for corona.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 09:15:05 PM EST
It will not end today ... Dutch Parliament demands all correspondence be delivered so the debate will continue tomorrow ...

Mark Rutte makes request not to publish all communications as the "emotions" about persons may be critical and block the forming of a new coalition.

The Rutte Doctrine ... no debate necessary ... keep the transcripts confidential!

Omtzigt is member of Christian Democrats   (CDA) - leader Wopke Hoekstra

The leaked memo of Ollongren ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 31st, 2021 at 06:55:44 PM EST
Today 59 new members of Parliament ... special female members of Turkish decent with hijab and a first black woman from Surinam.

A handful of Pegida followers voiced insults as Bouchallikht arrived outside Dutch Parliament. She has received numerous death threats.

Wounds of Dutch history expose deep racial divide | BBC News |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 31st, 2021 at 08:19:18 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 31st, 2021 at 08:20:27 PM EST
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Caught in a damn BIG LIE! ... Trump and Johnson equivalence:

"I have no memory of it"

~ Mark Rutte 2021 @MinPres

How can you forget coalition conversations?
How can you still be active at all as
Prime Minister when you forget things so quickly.

Resign and go!

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 12:12:35 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 12:24:46 PM EST
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NOS News: Party Leaders Astounded

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 12:57:41 PM EST
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Rutte: Stop incrimination, let's just start the debate.

Angry MPs even call for new elections!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 12:58:39 PM EST
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Pinocchio's on increase ... long list of Rutte lies ... Mark is not playing by the rules of Parliament en needs to go ... a decade in the lead is more than enough!

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 01:48:22 PM EST
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