Sunday, June 28, 2009

Why Wouter Bos didn't vote for Thijs Berman

Wouter Bos said, after the loss of the Dutch Labour Party, that he had voted for a more Eurosceptic candidate at the elections for the European parliament. This revelation is not some accident, as Wouter Bos would like us to believe, but a strategic choice.

Jacques Monash, a former campaign strategist for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) wanted to become the number one on the electoral list for the European parliamentary election. The party didn't want him. The party elected Thijs Berman, a former Dutch journalist who has been a member of the European parliament for 4 years allready.



Jacques Monash has been visible in Dutch media over the last couple of years claiming that the Dutch Labour Party should move in the direction of Geert Wilders. This week he wrote an article that circled around this same simple theme that low educated immigrants are somehow similar to"rotten apples" .

However the Dutch Labour Party's loss at the elections for the European Parliament was caused by the fact that a large crowd defected in the direction of D66 (a liberal party that gained 3 seats in the EP, previously 1) and GroenLinks (also a liberal green party that gained 3 seats in the EP, previously 2). The loss was apparently not caused by defectors in the direction of the PVV, Geert Wilders.

Just after the elections Wouter Bos said that he had voted for a more Eurosceptic candidate (no. 5 Cuperus). Apparently Wouter Bos wants to accomodate those in his party who, like Jacques Monash, think the Dutch Labour Party should work on getting those PVV voters back inside the ranks so that together they can work on a plan to, as Jacques Monash puts it, get rid of the "rotten appels".

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