A majority in the House of Representatives are supportive of a legislative change proposed by the government that will ban referenda in the Netherlands. The law will be put to a vote on Thursday, and it’s expected to pass by a comfortable majority.
The government is presently comprised of a centre-right coalition – if ever one needed reminding that even conservatives are fully in bed with the globalist agenda – of which belongs minister Kasja Ollongren, who claimed that their reasoning behind this flagrant violation of democracy is that ‘referendums confuse voters’.
The current law is a good model for direct democracy, and it states that the government must hold a referendum on an issue should it receive 300,000 or more requests to do so. Despite this high benchmark, the law has enabled the Dutch to make their voice heard.
Proposing a change in the law is, predictably, shrouded in the guise of doing what’s best for the citizen – who is obviously too stupid to understand complex political matters – and for democracy. Yet their true motivation is considerably more cynical and disturbing.
In 2005, the Dutch establishment and the upper echelons of the European Union were stunned when the Dutch people voted against the proposed European Constitution by a margin of 2:1. This was hardly surprising, though, as every nation that held such a referendum also voted against this hated imposition of liberal federalism.
The result became an embarrassment for the Dutch government, who could not ratify the treaty without losing considerable democratic authority with its own people. As it happens, the EU Constitution was simply renamed the Lisbon Treaty and ratified anyway, without a vote.
Then, in 2016, the Dutch people were victorious over their government’s agenda by a margin of 2:1, in a referendum on whether the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement should or should not be ratified. Again, this was a huge embarrassment for the government – who proceeded to ratify the treaty anyway.
Quite simply, the current attempt to ban referenda is the government cracking down on democracy as public opinion turns against them.
The extent to which the people despise the establishment parties in the Netherlands can be seen in the recent election results. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right party achieved just 21.3% of the vote at the last election in 2017.
On the other hand, Geert Wilders’ anti-Islamification party (PVV) became the second largest party, and Theirry Baudet’s new party Forum for Democracy (FvD) entered parliament for the first time. Baudet described those attempting to change the referendum law as “assassins of democracy”, something which the President of the House immediately forced him to retract.
Referenda are important because they highlight the dramatic divergence between governmental direction and popular opinion even moreso when the government ignores the result
Of course those in power recognise this, hence they want referenda consigned to history where they can no longer be harmful to the globalist agenda.