Thursday, 16 March 2017
Netherlands Liberals and Greens make gains
The English media were talking up the prospects of Geert Wilders' racist PVV party in yesterday's Netherlands general election. In the event, PVV made some gains but far from the quarter of the seats expected by the BBC. The initiative remains with VVD ("economic liberals") to form a government. The Labour vote crashed, but the Green Left advanced. Both these outcomes were remarked on by the BBC, who were typically silent about D66 (the nearest equivalent to UK Liberal Democrats) recovering ground lost at the last election.