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Hero Brinkman quits the PVV, opposition call for new elections

Tuesday 20 March 2012

hero%20brinkman%20quits%20the%20pvv Hero Brinkman is highly critical of the PVV. Photo Novum

Hero Brinkman, an MP for the anti-immigration PVV since 2006, has left the party, saying he can no longer accept the lack of democracy within the organisation and the way different groups in society are constantly being singled out for criticism.

His decision means the ruling alliance – the minority cabinet plus PVV – no longer has a majority in parliament, although Brinkman said he would continue to support the government.

Brinkman told a news conference he had taken the decision to leave the PVV because as a democrat ‘and a positive person’, it had become too difficult to support a party ‘built around one man’ and which refuses to consider the future.

Members

Brinkman, a former policeman, has long campaigned to turn the PVV into a party with formal members, an annual conference and a youth wing. This has led to several clashes with founder Geert Wilders and other senior figures in the movement.

Brinkman also told the news conference that while Islam is a backward religion, he knows many Muslims who are fully integrated into Dutch society and feel they are being treated as second-class citizens.

He also again criticised the PVV’s website to collect complaints about central and eastern Europeans, saying they are being branded as criminals.

No majority

Opposition MPs were quick to call for new elections. ‘The cabinet has lost its majority at a time when the country is in chaos,’ new Labour leader Diederick Samsom said.

However, prime minister Mark Rutte rejected the calls, saying it would be irresponsible to call an election just because of the problems facing the economy.

The ruling VVD and CDA, together with the PVV, are currently holding talks to try to find ways of reducing government spending by at least €9bn, without affecting consumer confidence.

Alliance

However, Sybrand van Haersma Buma, who leads the CDA in parliament, said he wants to talk to the other parties about the implications of Brinkman’s decision. It is important to ensure there is majority support for the cuts currently being discussed by the three alliance parties, he said.

Geert Wilders said Brinkman’s decision is ‘sad’ and ‘unnecessary’ but said it would not affect the PVV’s support for the minority government.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Now things here become interesting indeed. The opposition is 100% correct; this cabinet no longer holds the majority of seats in the Dutch Parliament. What will the Dutch choose for their future? I hope the upcoming choice made is better than the last one.

By Bill | 20 March 2012 3:56 PM

The beginning of the end of PVV and the Bruin Kabinet? Fingers crossed.

By @CluthaDubh | 20 March 2012 4:27 PM

Interesting turn of events. It seems the PVV is not big enough for two central characters! This is 'brinkmanship' at its best. What next in the saga?

By Mark Murthwaite | 20 March 2012 4:27 PM

This is good news. Good riddance. Brinkman was trying to wrestle the leadership from Wilders, the 'founding father' and that in itself is selfish and egotistical. Brinkman hasn't been happy with the PVV for ages and should have left ages ago but instead decided to stay merely to stir up trouble. Thats just my personal opinion. Geert is THE leader and a VERY successful one

By Debbie | 20 March 2012 5:57 PM

My hero....

By Sharon | 20 March 2012 6:34 PM

Hopefully this will lead to the end of Wilders and this incompetent government lead by the feckless Prime Minster Mark Rutte.

By Quince | 20 March 2012 9:17 PM

Debbie: thanks so much for your comments and using words like 'founding father' and putting your Lord and Savior Geert Wilders on a big ridiculous pedestal. Thank you so much for sharing these comments and thoughts with readers around the world. I think when readers read your comments and then read the actual news about the PVV, that they will get a very good idea about what is really going on in the Netherlands and in Dutch society in 2012.

By Bill | 21 March 2012 9:49 AM

Bring on a new election & watch the PVV get even more seats!

By Phil | 21 March 2012 9:56 AM

At least that's one less xenophobe in this government, but at least the PVV are open about their objectives.

By a.minority | 21 March 2012 1:15 PM

One thing is for sure: Brinkman has made a total laughing stock out of the PVV. He has in one single day exposed Wilders and the PVV for the idiot and the idiot's followers that he and the party really are. More important is the fact that this same news is on the front page of every newspaper in Holland. Very well done sir. My hat is off to you. Thank you.

By Bill | 21 March 2012 1:41 PM

This guy proved that there are still reasonable people in the Netherlands...

By Mike | 21 March 2012 4:06 PM

laughing this morning about this political 'situation'. apparently this very right wing government formation is what the majority of Dutch voters really want. difficult for me to understand just how people here can even begin to consider this country progressive or advanced in any way under these circumstances. NL is going backwards while most of the rest of the world tries to go forward and progress. makes a statement that's for sure!

By Bill | 22 March 2012 6:53 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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