Informer Rosenthal has announced that he sees no possibility of getting a right-wing government. The CDA wants VVD and PVV to reach an agreement first, while the PVV demands that all three parties participate in the negotiations.
Much as I hate to say it, Wilders is right. There’s no precedent for the CDA’s behaviour. Refusing a coalition outright, sure, that’s happened before. Talking for months only to conclude that an agreement cannot be reached, no problem — that happened in 1977. But it has never become clear whether the CDA wanted the coalition or not, and if it didn’t want it, it should have said so clearly.
Instead, Verhagen hoped to keep the CDA left and right together by doing nothing except making curious demands. It’s clear that the blame for the failed negotiations must lie with the CDA.
It’s also clear that a perfect chance to stop Wilders has been wasted by the christian-democrats. We’ll never know now, but my gut feeling remains that Wilders secretly didn’t want to enter the coalition, preferring the opposition. He’s got what he wanted now, and he’s also able to blame somebody else.
Dammit. CDA must die.
Anyway, tomorrow Rosenthal will probably announce what he’s going to do next. Let’s all agree to act surprised when the next step turns out to be Purple-green.
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