AMSTERDAM — Independent right-wing MP Geert Wilders has unveiled an election programme said to be "plagiarised" from Pim Fortuyn. In it, Wilders calls for general tax cuts, a reduction in bureaucracy, improved safety and a significant cut in immigration.
Announcing his intention to run at the 2007 election, Wilders said he was "independent" of the "self-satisfied political elite who lost their way long ago and are at the point of saying farewell to age-old Dutch roots in exchange for multiculturalism, culture relativism and a European super state".
Wilders — whose party (www.geertwilders.nl) stands to win four seats in Parliament if an election was held now — said he was in favour of a smaller government. This means reduced regulations, tax cuts and cuts to social security to prevent the collapse of the economy.
He called for billions of euros in cuts to the overseas development budget — retaining only emergency aid — abolition of the Education and Economic Affairs ministries and reducing the public service by 50 percent. Child allowance payments should also be reduced.
Wilders claimed that scrapping minimum wage laws and liberalising redundancy legislation would lead to greater employment, news service NOS reported on Monday.
Designed primarily to prevent marriage and family unification migration, he urged for Dutch borders to be closed for five years to non-western immigrants. No more asylum seekers should be allowed to enter the country.
Focusing on integration, Wilders said the present non-committal integration policy should be scrapped. Instead, those who do no integrate adequately and do not have Dutch citizenship should be forced out of the country immediately. Islamic schools should also be abolished, he said.
Islamic veils should be banned during public functions, Wilders said, adding that an immigrant must not have committed a crime for 10 years to qualify for Dutch citizenship. Up until that time, immigrants may not claim social security and voting rights for all non-Dutch nationals at council elections should be abolished.
He also said the Netherlands should reduce its financial contributions to the European Union by 90 percent and block any move to expand the current euro-zone. Otherwise, he said the Netherlands should consider re-introducing the guilder, newspaper De Volkskrant quoted from Wilders' election manifesto.
One of the MP's main themes is safety and he said anyone convicted of three violent offences should be jailed for life. He also called for rehabilitation camps, expansion of random search areas to the entire country and a large increase in the number of police officers.
The Netherlands Antilles — a former Dutch colony — should be expelled from the Kingdom of the Netherlands due to the "danger" of drugs criminality, corruption and the bureaucratic powerlessness of the Caribbean islands, he said.
But populist LPF MP Mat Herben said Wilders' policies were largely copied from Pim Fortuyn, claiming also that much of them had already been put into action. He said expelling the five islands of the Antilles was an absurd idea.
Prior to his assassination in May 2002, Fortuyn controversially called for a ban on immigration, a massive shake-up of bureaucracy and improved safety. He established the populist LPF to contest the 15 May 2002 elections, but was shot and killed in Hilversum just nine days before the national poll.
Wilders has since been described in some circles as the new Fortuyn, but after an initial spectacular peak in popularity last year when he broke away from the Liberal VVD, support for his new party has gradually declined.
So far the Dutch voter got to know me as a politician with clear views on the multicultural society, immigration, terrorism and security. Sadly enough this has lead to the mistaken view that my new political movement would be anti Islam. But nothing is less true.
The problems with the (radical) Islam are serious and deserve a much firmer answer than the current government offers, but the Dutch problems we are struggling with have much deeper roots. We have to deal with many interconnected crisisâ€™s that are the result from the incompetence of the political elite in Brussel [EU] and Den Haag [The Netherlands] , who seem to be unable to identify problems objectively and to solve them effectively. Our country is unsafe, the public space is degenerated, the economy is ailing and the public sector is a mess.
My theme is freedom.
The new political movement will put regaining our freedom central because our political, cultural and economical freedoms and independence are in bad shape.
That is why I put freedom central. The freedom that your mother can walk on the street in the evening, the freedom that you keep enough of your salary to support your family, the freedom you have because your retirement fund is safe, the freedom that is there because our companies are thriving, the freedom you have because the government protects your family against terrorists, the freedom of a job and a good life, the freedom as a country to independently make decisions.
Thatâ€™s the message I want to deliver to a nation that is until now is being hijacked and subjugated by a political elite who does not rise sufficient in defense for the preservation of our democratic constitutional state, our safety, our prosperity and our independence. The big political parties â€" PvdA [Socialists], CDA [Christian Democrats] and VVD [Liberals] â€" just agree on the most important issues, recently that was demonstrated by their unanimous support for the European constitution and the Turkeys admission to European union.
Under their leadership the Dutch middleclass has been ignored. The so-called progressive spirit of the time holds The Netherlands now for 30 years in its grip of political correctness, a megalomaniac government, multiculturalism and subjugation to Brussels [European] Bureaucrats. My former political party, the liberal (VVD) party, never wanted to free it self from that spirits of the time, instead it follows it until the present day.
I love The Netherlands very much â€" but less and less The Netherlands as it now is. I am proud on the fact how we succeeded in building a free, prosperous and safe society. But that is more and more loosing its appeal.
Every fiber in my body resists in the idea that we should adept our society to the norms and values of the Islamic culture who is alien is to ours. Colegue politicians accuse me of doing proposals that are â€˜not possibleâ€™: laws and treaty would stand in the way of execution of my proposals. That kind of attitude makes me angry. First they let it all happen and then they put their hands in the air and call: â€œSorry, but we canâ€™t do anything about anymoreâ€?. Needed is a firm political will, which will end the administrative culture of hiding behind self-invoked powerlessness to change things. And there has to change a lot.
First we have to realize that we are not powerless. We can shape the history our selves, and control our destiny as a people our selves, make independent decisions about our form of government, cultural and economic system in our country. We have to liberate our self of a culture of low expectations.
I am not a politician who throws his hands in the air as a way to apologize to the voters. I loathe insincere political correct behavior. A representative of the people should take his responsibility and now waiver and above all represent the interest of the people. That is why I think creatively about measures to parry all our problems. If international treaties hinder us in serving our self-interest, we have to adjust them and when needed redraw from them. We have to dare to dream and make possible what in Den Haag [center of Dutch politics] is hold for impossible.
I plea for a totally new kind of politics, with a totally different style and content. Not just talk, but action. Not just Haags nagging but objectively search for solutions that is my device.
The way that The Netherlands has been ruled in the last decennia is the most important cause of our current problems. I donâ€™t want that an elite made of cowardly and scared people (of what political party what so ever) keep this country hijacked any longer. The political correct sorry culture when dealing with the multicultural drama is just one example of that seizure of The Netherlands by that political elite. That is why I also want to combat them on other fronts as well. I want to give this country back to its citizens.
In this declaration of independence I plea for a number of serious measures, who restore our country, as it should be: free, prosperous and independent. Our history forces us to a struggle that is not without engagement, but most necessary. That struggle is about the continuation of The Netherlands as a recognizable nation, a country that is on the point to say its old roots goodbye and wants to trade them for multiculturalism, culture relativism and an European super state and that all under the leadership of a political elite that long a go lost its way.
That the Dutch government neglects her responsibilities is a directly caused by a changed conception of its duties. The state has each time become involved in more things and has been collecting higher taxes to do all those tasks. Meanwhile the tax burden has become so high that each working person only stops working for the government after the month June. Also the local taxes go through the roof. The average Dutch citizen is confronted with a failing government but one that he has to pay a growing part of his salary.
An extensive and an in details worked out of network of benefits, subsidies and provisions has made many citizens dependent on the government who as mother goose watches her bread, who where declares for the least and minor thinks â€˜needyâ€™. That task conception has lead to an enormous bureaucracy and the dependence that it creates has lead to love of ease and inactivity.
My social economical plan consists of a list of self-reinforcing measures to dispose unneeded governments tasks, bureaucracy and regulations. This on the one hand makes lower taxes possible and on the other hand creates jobs. It will create a better climate for entrepreneurs. It makes the economy grow and that is good for every body. To make an end to the misuse, that goes hand in hand with the too royal Dutch welfare state, I plea for a basic system. That we can concentrate our solidarity on the group that really needs it.
I know there are people are really sick or really cant find a job. The government should always offer those people social support. By making the accessibility to social security for people who dont want to work more difficult and take hard measures against fraud an un intended use we create room for solidarity with the vulnerable. For them I want to fight.
Also, a bigger number of employed people will create a support platform of the old age pension AOW. The way how the generation of people who buildup our country [in the post world war II situation] are treated in nursing homes is appalling and a decent country unworthy. I am ashamed of it. The problems in the nursing homes are not only due to organizational problems but also due to increasing work pressure and under valuation of hard working nursing personnel. This is unacceptable in a civilized society. For this we should reserve structurally more money. This is my conviction; a society that who does not offer his elderly a worthy and human existence is not worth a penny.
But most of all I want to give back the citizens more power and room to independently shape their own lives. And with space, I first of all mean financial space.
Thus I am in favor of much lower taxes, both for individuals and companies. Each time countries lower their taxes substantially, as recently in Ireland and Eastern Europe, we seen their economies prosper.
This plea for lower taxes is this everything but irresponsible populism. Lower taxes and a smaller government are the best guarantees for economic growth. Government spending undermines the economic growth. Getting rid of all kind of rules and supposed privileges (the achievements of the unions) will lead to a more flexible labor market that will stimulate business enormously. Businesses especially medium and small sized businesses â€" create jobs and not the government.
The unjustly praised Rijnlandse model has made Europe the sick old man of the world. In 2004 the CBS [Central Bureau of Statistics] reports that we had a contracting labor market not seen since twenty years. In the last quarter of 2004 the Dutch economy contracted as well. Europe (and The Netherlands) is demographically getting older, invests to little in innovation, has an education system that lacks quality and has to many immigrants that come too fast from a situation that lacks opportunity who entered into large numbers.
In the Netherlands there is nearly no attention for the long-term prospects of our economy Meanwhile the American economy accelerates away from us and are China and India threatening competitors. Economic stagnation and demise can go fast. Argentina for example was around 1900 one of the richest countries of the world, but collapsed nearly fully within 2 decades. That should not happen to the Netherlands. Thatâ€™s why our economy has to excel again. Less talk, more enterprising. A healthy middle class is essential to a healthy economy. The income position of the middle class in our country deserves more attention.
To prevent the Argentinean scenario I come with a plan for a new golden age for economic growth, with firm measures on various sectors:
Lower taxes, including the ever-rising local taxes, which should directly be frozen and then lowered each year.
This policy of lower taxes should result in a flat tax, which will stimulate growth and hence will be self-financing.
The mortgage rent will always stay tax deductible for homeowners.
Fewer rules. The existing rules have to reduce by at least 50 percent. For each new rule we should first terminate two old ones. To start, we should close the ministry of economic affairs.
Investment in Research & Development, stimulation of innovation and long term protection by patents.
Stopping the â€œDutch subsidy stateâ€?, because pumping money around is useless and expensive. Let the people decide for them selves for what charities they like to pay.
Development aid will be stopped, except emergency aid. The current support of 0,8% of the BBP (structurally 4 billion Euro on a yearly basis) will be reduced to 0,1%, only to be used for emergency aid. The function of Minister of development aid can be terminated.
To stimulate the development in poor countries we are in favor of ending international trading blockades for these countries and their produce.
Tough approach to fraud and corruption, certainly also at the government
More people working by eliminating minimum wage law and a more flexible employment laws [that make firing people easier].
A ruthless shrinking of the government (including of a thorough review of civil servants employment laws): 50% less civil servants.
A direct end to the â€œpoldermodelâ€? [consensus model based on multi lateral meetings with all partners like: government, employer organizations, unions, etc.], that means an end to the talk and meetings palaces like the SER [Social Economical Forum] and the â€œStichting van de Arbeidâ€? (Labor Society).
The abolishment of making collective agreement laws for a whole sector of employment.
But at the same time much more money for the elderly nursing homes.
Tough measures against fraud and other unintended use of social benefits, so that there can grow more support and solidarity with the really vulnerable and needed.
No export of social benefits â€" from child support to disabilities pay â€" to countries outside the EU.
Remigration will be greatly stimulated
Receivers of social benefits who are not fully disabled should as a return do community tasks (in care institutions, or public gardens) until they can return to regular jobs.
Child support will be limited to 2 children.
More attention to the income position of the middle group
The government will always rule about licenses within a prior limited reasonable time frame.
The clearance sale of Dutch interests and the own Dutch identity becomes very clear when one looks at how the politicians give away our sovereignty to a cast of bureaucrats in Brussel. The new European constitution is a clearance sale of Dutch sovereignty.
With a long process, consisting of small steps an autonomous process as started that will result in an undemocratic European unitary state, separated and high exalted above the members states of the European Union. A union that is miles away from its citizens. By the gradual abolishment of the national democracy and the political independence, the Netherlands will in the end become a province of the European super state. In which the roles of the big states becomes bigger and where the Netherlands on various terrains will be subordinate to the European Union. Our sovereignty as a nation â€" as country that knows very well how to solve its problems â€" is being squandered. And this all while many of our laws are already coming from the bureaucracy in Brussels. The total of European laws and rules already consists out of more than 100.000 pages. At the same time The Netherlands is one of the biggest Neto contributors to the European technocrats, to finance the preservation of their chat palaces in Strasbourg and Brussels.
Fact is that with the new European constitution no substantial tasks are given back to the member states. The authority of the EU will only be expanding further, from immigration to criminal law. These are all maters The Netherlands can better mange independently. The firm Danish immigration policy did not came about because of Europe but because the Danes choose for an opt-out and because of that could successfully go their own way. So where the Dutch loose their control over the immigration policy to Brussel, the Danish stay the boss in their own house.
Meanwhile the Dutch voter is never asked about it. On the contrary, he is constantly is been lied upon. When we would give up our strong guilder for the new Euro coin this would not lead to increased prizes, promised [liberal] minister Zalm. But the contrary is true, as any body knows who was outside politics. Turkey has to become a member of the European Union they say. The negotiations would be tough, the European leaders promised us. But on the day they gave them the green light, they reversed their own words with the vague compromise about the status of Cyprus.
Im in favor of:
To setup a special treaty review commission that will evaluate all treaty obligations of The Netherlands and formulates proposals on all treaties that are not in our self interest â€" because these treaties limits us to much in our freedom to formulate and execute our own policies â€" to change or quit unilateral;
The rejection of the European constitution, because we loose too much power â€" for example on important areas like immigration and criminal law â€" to the bureaucrats in Brussels. But also because large countries â€" because of the increased number of qualified majority votes and by the introduction of population numbers as a basis of vote weight â€" by it get more influence on our internal law then The Netherlands it self. The elimination of more than sixty veto rights is unacceptable, just as the demise of a Dutch European commissioner with suffrage right. The Netherlands should stay independent;
The European should not expand any further. Turkey in, The Netherlands out;
A special status for The Netherlands in the EU, just like the Danes and the British. We have to keep out autonomy on immigration affairs. Never may we allow a civil servant in Brussels or a French politician decide how many immigrants we need to accept. Also the criminal laws, welfare state, foreign policy, fishing and agricultural policies and other important policy areaâ€™s have to stay under Dutch control. We have to renegotiate our relation with the EU;
The Netherlands, must together with other countries who believe in free trade, as soon as possible open formal negotiations with the NAFTA members, to create a Atlantic Free Trade Association;
The euro is a big problem. The stability pact is a joke â€" many big countries like France, Italy and Greece have ignored the criteria. I plea not to invite any other country in to the euro zone, and if it happens we should think about abandoning the euro. Rather a strong guilder then a week euro;
The Dutch financial commitment to the EU is of an absurd size. Just like Margaret Thatcher our country should refuse to go along with this circus any longer in that kind of extend. I plea for an EU that disposes 90% of its current tasks, and thus the Dutch contribution can be lowered with 90% as well.
Considering the danger and influx of (drugs) criminality, and considering the wide spread corruption and administrative incompetence of the Antilles, the government should promote strongly that the Antilles will be no longer a part of the Dutch kingdom.
The Antilles may no longer be a part of the kingdom.
The seizure of The Netherlands population by an alienated elite shows also in the nonchalant way politicians handle a problem that most people find very important: criminality and safety. We donâ€™t want that the public space is occupied by, for example wandering and intimidating youngsters, or that streets due to violence and theft become one big no-go-area caused by the street terrorism, often (but not only) caused by persons of Moroccan decent. We want to walk the streets in safety on any hour of the day. And we want our selves, our families and our possessions to be safe in our own houses.
The rightful worries on this point where in the past contemptuous put to the side â€" it was said they where the result of being a reader of the wrong kind of newspaper. The change of being prosecuted is to small, the punishments to low and are not fully executed and that in prisons that do not differentiate them selves by being stern and sober.
If the government is to serve the people and not the other way around, then that means that the first priority of that state should be to protect its citizens against violence and insecurity. The Justice department should be the top priority of a good government. The leading principle in handling security, the government needs to choose not primary for the culprit but for the victim. I always choose for the victims of a criminality and never for the culprits. In a constitutional state the guilty have to be punished and the innocent protected. The Dutch constitutional state does already for a long time not satisfy these criteria. The just character of our constitutional state has disappeared behind the horizon and has been compelled by necessity to pragmatism and unacceptable relativism of crime.
In The Netherlands the police â€" outside her own fault â€" often not to be seen anywhere because the government lets the police write traffic tickets for minor infractions: In the year 2005 more than 10 million. This development has made it that in The Netherlands not all effort is made in fighting all kinds of crimes, but that it has become to do ones best with the means left available. Due to this policy, threatened citizens can not be helped, but at the same time there can be made all kinds of efforts to make sure that a convicted criminal, after he served his time, is assured of a normal life. This is the world upside down.
That is why the weakened and astray Dutch constitutional state needs a thoroughly structural change. More professionalism in the jurisdiction, more democratic control in the jurisdiction, a prosecution policy that will prosecute each crime and focus more on the deed and the victim instead for the culprit. These are some of the results this structural change leads to.
We have to thoroughly reorganize the police. No-go-areas are unacceptable. If needed, we deploy the riot police as well as the army to restore order. The lack of manpower is a problem but the bureaucracy is possible even a bigger enemy of our safety. Every crime report should swift and serious be processed. Police offices in all parts of the Netherlands should be open 24 hours a day.
Especially in the security domain are a series of emergency measures very much needed, such as:
The introduction of the three strikes youre out principle: after three violent crimes you get life.
The introduction of minimum sentences.
Higher punishments for acts of violence.
Rather five prisoners on one prison cell, then one criminal released to soon.
The abolition of superannuation principle for serious violent crimes.
The abolition of the early release [right] of prisoners.
The abolition of unsupervised trial leave for people in preventive detention.
The abolition of community work sentences for crimes that involve violence and threats.
The introduction of reeducation camps.
The introduction of more structural damage payments for victims.
Extension of preventive searches to the whole of The Netherlands.
Creation of a ministry of safety by merging the home affairs and the Justice ministry.
A steep extension of the number of police officers, so that they can become serviceable to the citizens and ticketing occurs again because the law is broken and not to collect as much money possible.
Making it (internationally and nationally) possible to denaturalize criminals of violent crimes who have a double nationality.
When needed the military needs to be deployed to upholding civil order.
Education is essential for the well being of a society. Because the Education department was for years dominated by the PvdA [socialists] our country is now saddled with a system of â€˜basis vormingâ€™ [basis forming], â€˜eerste faseâ€™ [first phase] and â€˜tweede faseâ€™ [second fase] that has totally eroded our educational system. Good citizenship is one of my themes and that is why I plea to test pupils more thoroughly on a firm knowledge around culture, national identity and history which will give an important contribution to the development to their personality. This should be the focus of the norms and values debate that otherwise get stuck in vagueness. Apart from that, we have to get rid of the idea that civil servants in Den Haag [the political capital] should make the curriculum for all the schools. Let the parents and the teachers determine the content of the education and let the subsequent educational institutes freely select their students.
Instead of all those big and unwieldy anonymous fused teaching fabrics, I want to have small scale schools that are for human beings. The â€˜ambachtschoolâ€™ [Technical instructional education], breading ground for generations of hardworking Dutch fooks, has to return. Just like the reformatory for pupils who are out of control and need a firm approach.
The freedom of education is important, except when this freedom is misused to introduce a type of education that his hostile to our society. Thatâ€™s why inspections and quality monitoring stays important. For a ministry of education I see no need. That will be abolished. It is all about well motivated teachers who need to get trust and space. We have to end the current diarrhea of directives and memoâ€™s that come from the ministry of Education.
Within the Islam and the Muslim community the separation between state and charge is not fully recognized. That is why the founding of Islamic schools cannot be seen as something other than harbinger of segregation and backwardness, because these schools do not contribute to the development of Western citizenship values. Article 23 of the constitution will stay, but Islamic schools may not be founded. Different situations donâ€™t need to be treated equally.
Pupils need to be tested more thoroughly on their knowledge of culture, national identity and history.
The ambachtscholen [Technical instructional education] should return.
The ministry of Education should be abolished.
The confidence in teachers and parents should be restored they should get the primate.
Street terror is an enormous problem that is too often ignored. Street terror takes place in many cities and villages and is often, but not always, perpetrated by immigrants. We can no longer tolerate this. The protection of citizens and families should be forcefully taken at hand. Violent criminal acts needs to become punishable by denaturalization en eviction. Here will rule reciprocity. For example if people in Morocco have a double nationality and commit a crime in Morocco they can be denaturalized and evicted. It does not make sense that The Netherlands cannot treat Moroccanâ€™s with a double nationality the same. To make it possible the Dutch government should try to get support in the EU to alter the European treaty about nationality. If this not becomes a possibility we cancel the treaty unilateral.
In case double nationality should violent crimes be made punishable by denaturalization and eviction.
The freedom of speech is the most important right in a free and democratic society and prevails over other civil rights. The other civil rights should stay equal in priority.
An imam who wishes a politician dead, may â€" how abject as that may be â€" wish and even say that. That does not mean inciting violence, hatred or other crimes are punishable by the law and that the law gives enough possibilities to do so. Also the freedom of religion is already limited by our constitution. The writer of the constitution has written that there is freedom of religion within the boundaries of the law. Incitement of hate, calling for violence (against woman, homosexuals or the democratic constitutional state) needs to be prosecuted firmly by the Justice department.
Freedom of speech is the most important civil right.
According to a pole conducted by well-known pollster Maurice de Hond a majority of the Dutch people shares partly or completely the analyses of Dutch society made by Geert Wilders who published his declaration of independence last Sunday.
The pole results:
Geert Wilders says in his declaration of independence that the way that Dutch society has been governed this last decennium is the main cause of our problems. Do you agree?
Totally agree: 28% Partly agree: 37% Neutral: 7% A bit disagree: 12% Totally disagree: 13% Donâ€™t know / no answer: 2%
Change that people vote for Wilders (first number is without Wiegel as leader of the liberal party, second number is with Wiegel as leader of the liberal party):
Very big: 6% / 4% Big: 3% / 3% Reasonably big: 6% / 3% Big nor small: 12% / 9% Reasonably small: 9% / 7% Small: 3% / 6% Very Small: 59% / 62% Donâ€™t know / No answer: 2% / 4%
Teachers of the Mozaiek elementary school are very concerned about the radicalization of their pupils. Mohammed B. [Bouyeri :The killer of Van Gogh] is revered as a hero, when Hirsi Ali is shown on school TV they mimic ‘shooting' movements. When they visited the Anne Frank House pupils said "they deserved it" and "They should have killed more Jews".
The radical behavior is not new. The teachers of the Christian elementary school say they ask for years now attention to this problem. Teacher Marlene van den Berg: "After the September 11 attacks, they made a St. Nicolas [children feast where presents are packet in self made creative wrappings] surprise of the WTC towers, complete with flames and falling people. We started the dialog: What do you mean, why do you do this? Then you get a ruthless answer: They deserved it, they had to do it a long time ago",
The radicalism dates according to Berg from before September 11. "It varies each year. Ten years ago we hearth in group 7 and 8 [age around 10-11 years old] pupil's say: "We Moroccans take over the Netherlands". Now we see pupil's in-group 3 [age around 5 years old] - who can barely write – already write phonetically ‘Fuck you Netherlands' on small papers. Pupils in-group 8 have a photo of Mohammed B. [Killer of Theo van Gogh] in their schoolbag, they seem him as their hero.
The worries of the teachers are also shared by education alderman Lieke Thesingh of the city department Oud-Zuid [old-south]. She warned burgomaster Cohen about it. "He turned pale" says Thesingh on a special neighborhood evening in the Diamand neighborhood [where Moroccans youth drove a Dutch family out of their home, but Cohen denied that their was a problem, to suggest later that the Dutch family was racist] where the teachers of the Mozaiek school told their story again.
The municipality administration knows about the problems, confirm sources on city hall. The problems are also on two other schools, which are not named. Recently safety civil servants of burgomaster Cohen have investigated the reports of the teachers. That showed who influenced the youth. They call the signs alarming.
DEN HAAG, 14 MAART. Het onafhankelijke Tweede-Kamerlid Geert Wilders wil een 'status aparte' voor Nederland binnen de Europese Unie.
Dat staat in een 'onafhankelijkheidsverklaring' die het Kamerlid gisteren bij wijze van politiek programma heeft gepresenteerd. Wilders, die een politieke beweging wil oprichten, noemt zijn programma vandaag in deze krant ,,patriottistisch".
Volgens Wilders moet de verhouding met de Europese Unie worden ,,heronderhandeld" om veilig te stellen dat zaken als immigratie, het strafrecht en de verzorgingsstaat ,,in Nederlandse handen" blijven. De Nederlandse status aparte moet lijken op die van het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Denemarken. Als meer landen gaan deelnemen aan de euro en die munt zwakker wordt, wil Wilders de gulden terug.
Met zijn pamflet wil Wilders aantonen dat zijn politieke beweging niet ,,vooral of zelfs uitsluitend een 'anti-islampartij' wordt". Het voormalige VVD-lid betoogt dat er sprake is van een diepere crisis, die samenhangt met ,,de imcompetentie van de politieke elite in Brussel en Den Haag". Zijn pamflet is een ,,onafhankelijkheidsverklaring" van deze ,,elite van bange en laffe mensen".
Wilders belooft als alternatief onder meer een sterke inkrimping van de overheid, een nieuwe economische 'gouden eeuw' door onder meer een forse belastingverlaging en beperking van de verzorgingsstaat. Als voorganger in het verleden noemt hij Pim Fortuyn, die in 2002 als nieuwkomer een verkiezingscampagne voerde tegen het politieke establishment. ,,Ik heb Pim Fortuyn niet willen imiteren, maar hij had op veel punten wel gelijk."
Geert Wilders keert zich in 'onafhankelijkheidsverklaring' tegen politieke elite
'Wij moeten ons lot als volk in eigen hand nemen'
Door onze redacteur René Moerland
Nederland is in de greep van 'een elite van laffe en bange mensen' die niet het Nederlandse belang voorop stellen. Geert Wilders gaat daar een einde aan maken.
DEN HAAG, 14 MAART. Het Kamerlid Geert Wilders verklaart zich voor de tweede keer onafhankelijk. Vorig najaar scheidde hij zich na een zesjarige carrière als opklimmend fractielid af van coalitiepartij VVD. Sinds gisteren is heel Den Haag zijn vijand, tegen wie hij nu een 'onafhankelijkheidsverklaring' van negentien pagina's in stelling brengt. Wilders wil niet ,,dat een elite van laffe en bange mensen (van welke partij ook) dit land nog langer schaakt". Hij wil de politiek ,,bevrijden van een cultuur van lage verwachtingen", schijft hij. Zijn politieke beweging-in-oprichting staat voor een nieuw zelfbewustzijn: Wij kunnen ,,ons lot als volk in eigen hand nemen".
Is dit een nationalistisch programma?
,,Nee, zeker niet. Het is wel een patriottistisch programma. Er is niks mis met patriottisme. Nu willen politici vooral aardig gevonden worden. Consensus is het hoogste goed, het poldermodel ons belangrijkste exportprodukt. Het beste voorbeeld is dat premier Balkenende in december in Brussel gewoon heeft ingestemd met het beginnen van onderhandelingen over toetreding van Turkije tot de EU - terwijl de vox populi het niet wil, en het niet in ons belang is. Ik zeg: het Nederlands belang voorop. Het is: Turkije erin, dan Nederland eruit. Niks misschien."
Er wordt wel gezegd dat het Nederlands belang in de EU ligt?
,,Kijk, ik heb niks tegen de EU. Maar Europa moet over vrijhandel gaan. De EU moet niets te zeggen hebben over onze rechtsstaat, verzorgingsstaat of ons buitenlands beleid. En zeker niet als er ook nog wezensvreemde culturen bij de EU komen."
Denkt u dat Nederland buiten de EU kan opereren?
,,Het heeft mijn voorkeur bínnen de EU te blijven, het beeld moet niet worden dat ik er uit wil. Maar je bent geen paria als je niet in de EU zit. Waar het om gaat is dat we ons eigen belang voorop stellen."
U bent boos, zegt u. Zoekt u uw aanhangers onder de boze mensen?
,,Ik zit hier geen politiek spel te spelen. Ik heb dit programma gewoon met mijn hart geschreven! Ik zit niet te rekenen waar de kiezers zitten. Maar ik merk wel dat veel mensen boos zijn, dat wel."
Is populisme goed?
,,Dat is een elitair etiket, dat verklaar ik gewoon buiten de orde. De elite plakt me maar op wat ze wil. Mijn doel is: weg met de elite! Ik wil het land teruggeven aan de burgers. Ik heb zelf meegemaakt wat de elite kan doen, toen mij het vrije woord onmogelijk werd gemaakt." [in de VVD, red]
U heeft het in uw pamflet steeds over 'ik', u bent na een half jaar nog steeds het enige gezicht van de Groep Wilders. Wilt u een eenling blijven?
,,Ik sta niet alleen. Ik werk aan een professionele organisatie, ik zamel geld in, ik ben mij inhoudelijk aan het verbreden - straks kom ik ook met standpunten over milieu en volksgezondheid. Dat doe ik allemaal met anderen, maar die willen nog niet hun naam eronder zetten. Dat komt door de veiligheidssituatie - in die zin is het niet mijn keuze alleen te opereren."
Waar sluit uw nieuwe beweging op aan in het nationale verleden?
,,De geschiedenis is van groot belang... Ik heb Pim Fortuyn niet willen imiteren, maar hij had op veel punten wel gelijk. Alleen wil ik niet met het verleden bezig zijn, ik richt mijn blik op de toekomst. Mijn beweging wordt in politieke zin iets nieuws."
14 maart 2005
MIM:Geert Wilders announces his new book: "Choose for Freedom"
‘Ik zag eruit als een slechte imitatie van Ronnie Tober'
Van onze verslaggever Raoul du Pré
DEN HAAG - Geert Wilders leeft sinds de moord op Theo van Gogh op onbekende adressen en achter zware metalen deuren. Zijn laatste adres is Kamp Zeist. Hij beschrijft de details in een boek.
Geert Wilders heeft de foto's zelf gemaakt. De zware metalen deur, de wc met het opschrift prisoners toilet. De donkere gordijnen voor de raampjes met de tralies. Dit is Kamp Zeist, de zwaarbewaakte cel waar het onafhankelijke Tweede-Kamerlid na 2 november 2004 voor zijn eigen veiligheid in belandde. Hij zit er nog altijd. ‘Het ergste vind ik nog dat er geen direct daglicht is', schrijft Wilders in zijn boek Kies voor Vrijheid dat vandaag verschijnt. ‘Ik heb me nooit zo gerealiseerd wat het is om de hele tijd alleen met kunstlicht te leven. Het deprimeert je.'
Geert Wilders wordt liever niet te frequent met Pim Fortuyn vergeleken, al was het maar om associaties met de beruchte wanorde in de LPF te voorkomen. ‘Ik ben geen LPF2', zegt Wilders daarom zo vaak als hij kan. Maar intussen vertoont zijn carrière onmiskenbaar parallellen met die van Fortuyn: onbegrepen door de grote gevestigde partijen, uiteindelijk voor zichzelf begonnen, bij tijd en wijlen met grote potentie in de opiniepeilingen – en nu, ruim voor de volgende verkiezingen, is er dus ook het boek. Het is een combinatie geworden van zijn levensverhaal en een politiek pamflet, inclusief de al eerder uitgegeven Onafhankelijkheidsverklaring.
In het tweede deel van de titel (‘een eerlijk antwoord') ligt de motivatie van de schrijver besloten: het boek is in de eerste plaats een antwoord op de ‘vele tienduizenden e-mailtjes' die het Kamerlid de afgelopen maanden kreeg van sympathisanten. ‘Wanneer wordt u een partij?', vroegen die. ‘Hoe is het nou om bewaakt te worden? Waar woont u eigenlijk?'
Wilders vertelt het allemaal. Onthullend is zijn relaas over hoe hij zich in november door Nederland begaf, toen er na de moord op Theo van Gogh nog geen veilig onderkomen was gevonden. Met zijn echtgenote sliep hij enkele nachten in een kazerne zonder verwarming of warm water. En soms in een ‘gewone' woonwijk, waar hij niet herkend mocht worden door zijn buren. ‘Dan moest ik in de auto mijn vermomming in orde maken. Je lippen vol met aceton van de opgeplakte snor. Een donkerbruine pruik op die speciaal voor mijn grote hoofd was gemaakt, een bril op en ten slotte ook een hoed. Ik zag eruit als een slechte imitatie van Ronnie Tober.'
Kies voor vrijheid is ook Wilders' afrekening met velen. Met politieke tegenstanders als Wouter Bos (‘Denkt zich het Catshuis in te zwijgen') maar vooral met zijn voormalige partijgenoten van de VVD. Ze krijgen er allemaal van langs: oud-partijleider Hans Dijkstal (‘Zelden een politicus zo incompetent zien opereren'), zijn vroegere maatje in de fractie Gert-Jan Oplaat (‘Aardig maar weinig heldhaftig') en goed beschouwd bijna al zijn oude liberale collega's, omdat zij nauwelijks historisch besef hebben (‘Ze staan je als een schaap aan te kijken als je iets verder teruggaat dan het WK-voetbal 1978').
Wanneer de Groep Wilders nou een echte partij wordt, met een kieslijst en partijgenoten? Medestanders zijn er al volop, schrijft Wilders. Hij heeft al zeker tien personen op het oog. ‘Maar zolang de veiligheidsomstandigheden minder florissant zijn, blijven hun namen voor het grote publiek ongewis.'
Voor wie het nog niet wist: het wordt in elk geval een partij voor gewone mensen. En dus niet voor gestudeerde types als minister Donner van Justitie. ‘Ik eis van mijn toekomstige fractiegenoten dat ze constant in contact staan met de burgers. Ik vind het belangrijker dat ze in normaal Nederlands in gesprek zijn en blijven met de mensen bij hen in de straat, dorp of stad, dan dat ze met Donner-termen als nochtans en desalniettemin een zogenaamd mooi Kamerdebat kunnen houden.'