No new prosecutors for Wilders’ inciting hatred trial

28 11 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

The public prosecution department does not have to appoint new lawyers to lead the prosecution of Geert Wilders on inciting hatred and discrimination charges, a court in The Hague ruled on Friday.

A number of organisations and individuals had asked for new prosecutors after the previous ones called for all charges against Wilders to be dismissed.

The trial collapsed last month after a special panel ordered the judges to be replaced because of a number of irregularities.

No date has yet been set for the trial to resume.

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PVV MP Hero Brinkman avoided drink driving check, while a police officer

28 11 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

PVV parliamentarian Hero Brinkman drove away from a police alcohol check at high speed with his car headlights dimmed while a serving police officer in 2001, tv news show Nieuwsuur reported on Thursday night.

Brinkman’s car was followed by two police officers who eventually caught him trying to enter his home by the rear entrance. On entering his home, Brinkman grabbed a brandy bottle and began drinking out of it, the official police report of the incident shows.

Brinkman was arrested. The case was eventually settled out of court and Brinkman fined €200, Nieuwsuur said.

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Meanwhile, also from DutchNews.nl: More PVV problems, Wilders ‘totally sick’ of media witch hunt Eric Lucassen back in spotlight, is he claiming social security?

 





Another PVV MP reveals criminal record he kept secret

26 11 2010

Via DutchNews.nl:

Another MP for the anti-Islam PVV has criminal convictions he had not revealed to party leader Geert Wilders, it emerged on Wednesday evening.

Jhim Bemmel has a 2006 conviction for fraud, for forging freight documents. He was fined €500. He also has a drunk driving conviction in 2000.

The MP, who has had some of his parliamentary responsibilities removed by Wilders, said he did not come clean about his past because it was private.

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Meanwhile, from Radio Netherlands Worldwide: Seven Dutch MPs have past convictions.





Too much regulation seen as bad for Dutch economy

26 11 2010

From Expatica.com:

An excessive number of regulatory bodies is hampering the Dutch economy, according to Christian Democrat MP Gerda Verburg. There are currently sixteen official watchdog authorities, half of which could be scrapped, Ms Verburg told Dutch media.

The bodies are hindering entrepreneurs rather than checking them, while most business sectors are very well able to discipline themselves, the MP said. She is calling on the rightwing government, which includes her own party, to cut back and simplify the regulatory infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy. A proposal to realise this should be before the Lower House on 1 March next year, Ms Verburg suggested.

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Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party pointed out that the remaining regulators should have wide-ranging powers, to prevent a repetition of the banking crisis in which Dutch financial authorities AFM and DNB failed to intervene adequately.

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Taliban Threaten Netherlands Over Geert Wilders

26 11 2010

Via Politically Incorrect:

Somehow, the Taliban don’t seem to like the Dutch government under the tolerance of Geert Wilders’ PVV. Their speaker for Afghanistan, Zabiullah Mujahid, let it be known that a “Jihadist group” from the little country will be administered, if the anti-Islam policies are forced.

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Unholy alliances

26 11 2010

Robin Pascoe, at DutchNews.nl:

Geert Wilders and friends are constantly telling us the Netherlands is undergoing a process of Islamisation – but what about the unwelcome influence of Christians on the government? asks Robin Pascoe.

An unholy alliance of the three Christian parties and the socialists on Tuesday voted to reform the Sunday shopping laws – to make sure Sunday stays a day of rest in most of the country.

Until now, shopkeepers and local councils have been able to open their doors every Sunday by claiming to be a tourist area. But that is now to change. Only proper tourist areas – Amsterdam city centre and a handful of other towns with nice gables and cheese markets – will be able to claim to be just that.

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Wilders party rejects having membership

26 11 2010

From Expatica.com:

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party PVV will not become a political party which people can join as members. At the moment, Mr Wilders himself is the only official party member. Even PVV MPs are formally described as simply his supporters and are not actual party members. Their names, however, were put forward on the list of PVV candidates at the last election.

PVV MP Hero Brinkman had put forward a proposal to turn the PVV into a regular political party with the public able to become members. However, a meeting of PVV MPs on Tuesday rejected the idea. Mr Wilders said the proposal was discussed “substantively and with respect” but was dismissed.

Mr Brinkman has for some time championed more democracy in the PVV. He says he fears it could be seen as merely a one issue anti-Islam party. He is also worried that, if Mr Wilders were for any reason to cease to be leader, the party would be likely to disintegrate.

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