On Friday it was the prime minister. Now the justice minister and the leader of the Socialist party have added their voices to the growing anti-Geert Wilders sentiment.
One cannot help but wonder if the timing might just be connected to the impending release of Wilders’ little film on the Koran.
Before anyone accuses Sidelines of being derogatory, the words ‘little’ and ‘film’ are used deliberately. At a reported 15 minutes long, Wilders’ project hardly deserves the status of a Michael Moore documentary.
Perhaps politicians are using the calm before the storm to completely distance themselves from the self-appointed guardian of Holland’s Christian tradition.
At the same time, Wilders appears to be letting his fellow PVV MPs speak in public as well.
Firstly there was Hero Brinkman – former Amsterdam police officer – sounding off about the Antilles and how corrupt they are. Doubtless these views did not colour his treatment of suspects during his years as a police inspector.
And then this weekend we had Raymond de Roon saying that the woman who drove into the youth who snatched her bag and killed him should be given a medal. Prior to becoming an MP, De Roon was advocate general at Amsterdam district court.
It is an interesting concept of justice from such a senior former legal official.
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