08/02/2017

Dutch Donald Trump On Path To Victory

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Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders is gaining traction with voters in the Netherlands ahead of an election on 15th March. Wilders proposes a number of outlandish policies aimed at preventing Muslims from entering the country. Mr Wilders Freedom Party (PVV) sees no irony in curbing the freedoms of immigrants, which now make up 30% of the Dutch population, by “De-Islamising the Netherlands,” stopping any further immigrants or asylum seekers entering Holland from Muslim countries. The PVV will ban Islamic headscarves from public functions, ban the Koran, close mosques and Islamic schools. They wish to exit the EU (Nexit) and deport criminals with dual nationality. Donald Trump can only dream of being able to replicate these policies. There is no longer an issue with the Dutch economy after the economic crash and so immigration has become the dominant debate within the population and the political elite. Fortunately for those under attack from the PVV the Dutch political system always throws up a coalition government and no other parties will work with them. Wilders was banned from visiting Britain in 2009 by the Home Office on the grounds of public security – a precedent that could be used against the US President or ‘Marine’ (Le Pen) or Frauke Petry, leader of the German right wing party, the AfD. I’m not sure whether this would be an affront to freedom of speech but there is a discussion to be had with regard to allowing unfettered immigration. One EU country, Hungary, has already decided to detain immigrants until their applications are processed and others may follow. In 12 months time there could be 5 or 6 countries in the EU with far right governments probably leading to civil unrest and violence on a scale unprecedented since the second World War. As the old adage goes, ‘if you’re not part of the solution, you’re probably running for office.’ This seems to make the UK’s decision to leave the dysfunctional EU a prescient one but maybe not for the reasons we originally thought. Even Remainers would baulk at being part of a political and economic union which elects a number of Trumps as Heads of State. It’s true that white people shouldn’t say the ‘N’ word but at least we can say, ‘Thanks for the warning, Officer.’ Obviously some of these policies are akin to those espoused by Hitler but there is one good thing we can say about him – that he’s saved the History channel. With this major upheaval of European politics this does leave the door open to interference from Vladimir Putin, who now begins to look quite benign compared to some. One thing I don’t like about the country is their Russian dolls, they’re so full of themselves.

Return Of Blind Date

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For younger readers Blind Date is not a programme for disabled daters, it was a Saturday night stalwart for millions of viewers fronted by the Queen of TV at the time, Cilla Black. Blind Date was so popular due t0 the fact there was absolutely nothing else to watch, but it was enjoyable – a bit like Take Me Out with Martin McGuiness….sorry Paddy, but without that accompanying desire to shoot yourself. There are various names in the frame to front the new show; Jane McDonald, Rylan Clark, Emma Willis, Colleen Nolan and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The format involves one ‘wannabe’ choosing from three ‘wannabes’ and then going on a date, before returning to the studio to say how much they hated each other. Almost like real dating. Of course we all know that the key to dating is sincerity. If you can fake that you’ve got it made. In my case, as a dad, watching your daughter being collected by her date is like handing over a million pound Stradivarius to a gorilla. I’ve been on so many blind dates myself, I should get a free dog. I once made the mistake of telling a date a lie about myself, but she caught me out. I didn’t know she’d actually demand to see the bat cave.

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