[Marxism] Fwd: Dutch election’s big winner proves to be GreenLeft | World news | The Guardian

Jeff meisner at xs4all.nl
Wed Mar 15 20:47:45 MDT 2017

On 2017-03-16 01:13, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:

> https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/15/dutch-elections-greenleft-jesse-klaver

Well this article's a bit misleading in talking about Groenlinks being 
the "big winner". It only seems that way because they did really badly 
in the previous election. Essentially ALL of the parties that were out 
of power increased their vote from the last election, while the parties 
in the current government got trampled. So it was another case of voter 
rebellion, but thankfully Wilders' fascist PVV was not the main 
beneficiary thereof (although his vote increased from the last election, 
he got much less than the 20% that was feared).

But the unquestionable "big loser" was the mainstream social-democratic 
party, connected to the unions, the PvdA (aka "Dutch Labor party") which 
has been sharing power with the establishment right wing. That means the 
left social democrats SP now have more seats than the establishment 
social democrats, again a sign of voter dissatisfaction more than any 
shift to the left. The leading (rightwing) VVD is going to have a lot of 
trouble forming a government among diverse parties to achieve a majority 
in parliament; I suspect it will take at least weeks of negotiations or 
a deadlock.

- Jeff

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