Geert Wilders on Track to Become Next Prime Minister of the Netherlands
As usual when the elites are told they can't do something they really want to do, our country's politicians have been trying to push the treaty down our collective throats nonetheless. Strangely -- or not! -- most Dutch voters object to being ignored, which is undoubtedly one of several reasons why the PVV continues to gain in the polls.
Remarkably, a few weeks ago the PVV started to lose ground in the polls. In recent years the party has become virtually indistinguishable from their coalition partner, the Social Democrats. These days they're basically a mixture of social democrats and crony capitalists. That changed after Donald Trump won the American elections, however. It seems that many Dutch voters have suddenly realized that there's nothing wrong with populism, per se. Besides, the chances of Wilder making an even bigger mess than the current liberal-socialist coalition, voters rightfully believe, are rather small. Better yet: they're non-existent. After all, the Dutch government has basically copied the failed policies of Angela Merkel, with the only exception being her economic policies, which have actually been successful.
Trump's victory has taught Dutch voters that there's nothing shameful about wanting to get rid of the establishment. And because Wilders clearly has a coherent vision for the future of the country, the risks of electing him are rather small. Unlike with Trump, you do know what you'll get if you vote for Wilders.
If I still played the game of predicting election results (which I don't), I'd certainly put my money on Wilders' Party for Freedom winning the elections and, yes, Wilders becoming the Netherlands' next prime minister. He won't be able to do everything he says he'll do, but he'll certainly be a breath of fresh air and, what's more, he can't possibly do worse than our current prime minister, Mark "I heart Angela Merkel" Rutte.