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Dutch farmers score big election victory in provincial elections

The result shows widespread disapproval of the government’s radical ‘climate change’ policies.

The Dutch Farmers and Citizens Movement (BBB) has scored a major election shock in the Netherlands Provincial elections, gaining control of the upper house of Parliament on Thursday. Confirmed results today showed BBB gained a ‘staggering’ 17 seats, meaning the ruling parties have suffered major loses and can’t reach a majority, even with the help of the opposition Labour/Greens bloc, some commentators say.

The BBB was founded only 4 years ago, in response to the ‘Green’ policies of successive governments which have had a devastating impact on the once proud farming nation. Matters came to a head over the last year as the ruling party of PM Mark Rutte attempted to impose taxes on the use of nitrogen fertilisers, the effect of which would have driven thousands of farmers out of business. Rutte also threatened to ‘force-purchase’ up to 3,000 farms which the government considered were not complying with ‘radical’ climate laws. The farmers responded with a series of nationwide protests.

The farmer fightback appears to have been successful in light of the latest election results.

The four parties in the centre-right ruling coalition were dealt significant losses. Combined, they are projected to have under a third of the Senate seats.

“This is not the victory we had hoped for,” Rutte, who has served as prime minister since 2010, said after the initial forecasts. Rutte has been criticised for having close connections to World Economic Forum boss Klaus Schwab.

The co-ruling Christian Democratic party is seen as one of the biggest losers in the election, losing almost half of its seats. The party has traditionally represented many farmers and conservative rural voters.

The BBB has tapped into populist sentiments and resentment toward mainstream politics, appealing to voters who felt ignored by Rutte’s government.

“Normally, if people no longer trust the government, they stay home,” BBB leader Caroline van der Plas said in a victory speech. “Today they showed they don’t want to stay at home — they want their voices to be heard.”

Despite its small landmass, the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest producers and exporters of milk products.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I hope Democracy NZ learns how to rally those against the the current regime and the hopeless opposition. We need to get a foothold in parliament and it’s not going to happen by staying at home on voting day.

  2. Not only landgrab by the dutch government, the farmers have been shot at with real bullets during peacefull road bloks. The population has also been poisonned with pfizer and hardly anybody talks about it. The official media are totaly mute about it. And people don t want to know. It is insane

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