[Marxism] Netherlands: "Spectacular Breakthrough for Socialist Party"

Alex spirit68 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 7 07:40:42 MST 2006

 Spectacular Breakthrough for Socialist Party
Koen Haegens

*'The anarchists won the elections.' 'The peasants have seized power.' Or
was it the Maoist Red Guards? These were some of the reactions once the
results were known of the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on 22
November. The reality was that the Dutch voted massively for a more social
course after four years of harsh right-wing governments led by Christian
Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. As a result, for the first
time in post-war Dutch history, the Labour Party's dominant position on the
left is being contested, by the anti-neoliberal left Socialist Party (SP).


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