Any Atlas readers up to translating into English?
Apparently, the coalition majority leader said in all arrogance that the economical package was not open to any changes/amendments by the opposition. So Wilders said the whole debate was a scam and a farce and theater and that if Wilders wanted to be a Parliamentarian in North Korea he would have accepted. This is not how a democracy is supposed to be. So Wilders walked out with his whole group (which BTW has not happened in 50 years). The public was outraged because of the heavy handed cabinet/coalition measures. So Wilders' party gained strength again.
His ratings began to soar in February, when the British government refused to allow him to enter the country. Sixty percent of voters who describe themselves as right-wing say they will vote for Wilders' Freedom Party.
UPDATE: Atlas reader Theo Van Hilst translates the video. Thanks Theo! Poor Mr. Wilders - what a cast of assclowns - one apprpriately named Mr. Slob - how puuuurfect.
Mrs Halsema (Groenlinks/Green Left) party: Mrs. Speaker of the House, would I be allowed to ask a question of the order to the PVV fraction but also to the other coalition parties, because I see the PVV making its destiny fully depending on the CDA (Christian Democratic Party), who is indeed totally not interested in the opinions of other parties, and indeed has a long history in that kind of behavior. The question is, if this indeed goes for the PVDA fraction ( Party of Labour) and the Christan Union fraction, that they are also fully not open to consider any proposal from the oppostion parties, on this day?
Speaker of the House: Mrs. Halsema......uhh Mrs Hamer, well, it is kinda confusing with all these names starting with an H. I pass over to you.
Mrs. Hamer PVDA: I am in this debate as followed- We together (The government parties CDA, PVDA and CU) have come to an agreement. We are here today to do two things: We are here to defend our agreement. We are here to listen to the opposition, and we will always listen to good proposals and have our opinion on it and we will see if we can do something with it. Before this debate started I was interviewed by Mr. Mingele (a political journalist) and have told him so and also I had a little debate with Mr. Rutte, VVD Chairman ( Party for Freedom and Democracy) about what extras we would be able to do for the young unemployed and therefor I understood Mr. Van Geel indeed different, as he said that he is here mainly to defend the headlines, but not proposals. We are talking here today in the agreement especially if the motion Halsema/Hamer stands (then a few words that are totally without any sense). We however put in our agreement a comment that good proposals will be included in the agreement.
Speaker of the House: Thank you, now Mr.Slob......
Mr. Slob ( CU): Mrs. Speaker, I think also and have said before already that it is important to listen to each other. We indeed together made changes in the coalition agreement. That was a responsibility of the coalition parties and it would have been strange when the opposition would have been part of that, because they are not the owners of the agreement. There are even a few parties that have not underwritten the agreement, even dismissed it. I do think however when there are good proposals that can be approved and carried by the coalition parties, then the room for adjustment should be there, but it has to fit in the agreement as we as a coalition agreed upon, but that speaks for itself as that is how things are to be done. Thank you.
Speaker of the House: Mrs. Halsema.
Femke Halsema (Green Left): I would quick like to ask the PVV one more question, because I think it is extremely dramatic when a Democratic party says that they don't want to be a part anylonger of a political/government debate and I ask Geert Wilders, Mr. Wilders, is he indeed depending his destiny on the behavior of the CDA or will he, after the promises of the PVDA, to be open for input of alternatives of the majorities, or will he indeed look for that with the other parties together?
Speaker of the House: Mr. Wilders.......
Geert Wilders: Mrs. Speaker, we will no longer join this fake and hypocritical debate. When the chairman, the chairman of the biggest coalition party, and that is Mr. Van Geel, says that there is no room for any improvement what so ever, and I predict to you Mrs. Halsema, that at the end of this they no single, really no single motion from you or from whoever, after the sayings of Mr. Van Geel, will be accepted in this congress. You are not taking us serious. The bottom line, the bottom line Mr. Van Geel, I am speaking (as Van geel tries to interupt Geert Wilders), I find that now finally some one has to stand up and speak free and straight out: We don't take this, this is unacceptable, that you, as fraction chairman of the CDA puts the Congress off side. I would say....have much fun, we are getting out of Dodge today.......
Then several people talking over eachother , asking the Speaker of the House, to be able to have their turn to react.
Mrs Halsema (Green Left): I would like to see then that Mr. Wilders indeed will do what he says, and it would be decent of you Mr. Wilders when you would listen to me. I also listened to you.
(In the meanwhile Geert Wilders is walking out of Congress with his fraction).