2017-03-16theautomaticearth.com

The Dutch elections on Wednesday have provided a whole bunch of Orwellian narratives. PM Mark Rutte's right wing VVD party, actually the `business' -or should we say `rent-seekers' in 2017- party, who lost some 20% of the seats they had obtained in the previous parliamentary election in November 2012, down from 41 to 33 seats, is declared the big winner. While Geert Wilders' very right wing party, PVV, won 25% more seats -it went from 16 to 20- and is the big loser.

Moreover, Rutte's coalition partner, labor PvdA, gave up 29 out of 38 seats to end up with just 9. That's a loss of over 75%. Together, the coalition partners went from 79 seats in the 2012 election to 42 in 2017. That's an almost 50% less. Not that it could prevent Rutte from proudly declaring: "We want to stick to the course we have -- safe and stable and prosperous.." Makes you wonder who the `we' are that he's talking about.



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