Rutte clings to power despite reports of farmer election victory
Several outlets are reporting Holland’s provincial election as a win for farmers and loss for Rutte, but the truth lies somewhere in between.

Keean Bexte

March 16, 2023

While some mainstream media is reporting Wednesday’s Dutch provincial election is a huge win for farmers and a loss for Rutte’s globalist climate agenda, the truth lies somewhere in between.

Rutte clings to power despite reports of farmer election victory

Leading up to this election – which saw the highest voter turnout in decades – the country’s aggressive nitrogen fertilizer policies were a focal point in many parties’ campaigns.

Last year, to comply with the European Union’s radical climate laws, the Dutch government of World Economic Forum acolyte Mark Rutte announced it will force up to 3,000 farms to shut down for good.

Since then, farmers’ protests dubbed the Dutch Uprising have only increased, including a massive pre-election protest in The Hague last week where the government relied on military equipment to quell tensions and made multiple arrests. 

With about 85% of the votes counted, many outlets are reporting the “big winner” is the Farmer Citizen Movement, which goes by the Dutch acronym BBB. 

For example, CTV reports that the “right-wing populist” BBB is projected to win the most seats in eleven of the twelve provinces, signifying a “resounding rebuke to Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling four-party coalition.”

Indeed, the BBB ran on protecting farmers’ interests, and many Dutch outlets are calling the election results a huge win for farmers and loss for Rutte, but the party’s win will only result in an estimated 15 seats in the senate out of a total of 75.

In Holland, there are over a dozen political parties, making coalitions necessary to produce political sway. 

To this point, the BBB’s success appears to have come at the expense of the Forum voor Democratie (FvD) and the Party for Freedom (PVV), both of which are known to support the farmers and oppose Rutte’s nitrogen policies.  

On Thursday, FvD leader Thierry Baudet said the election results were disappointing, and issued a warning to Dutch citizens. 

“Congratulations are in order for the clear winner, BBB,” the FvD Party stated on Thursday.

“With plenty of support from the press, [BBB Party leader] Caroline van der Plas got the wind in her sails and secured an unlikely number of seats.”

“That’s impressive – but also worrying. Because her party supports the cartel’s line on all essential points. After all, BBB is in favour of the energy transition, supports the buy-out of farmers, supports the EU, the war in Ukraine and the woke rainbow agreements.”

Official election results will be announced next week.

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