Te he he. Under a new Dutch law any issue that garners at least 300,000 signatures must be put to a consultative plebiscite. Yesterday, the Dutch had the first of such votes. The matter concerned the EU-Ukraine Russia-baiting treaty. Turnout was, to be fair, relatively low — just over 32pc. The results, however, remain telling. By a margin of nearly 2-1 the Dutch, unwilling hostages of their governments’ Eurodelusions rejected the deal.
Their faltering PM, Mark Rutte, has admitted defeat and accepted that the Dutch will have to rescind their support. To be fair, I have a grudging respect for Rutte. On balance he’s been an excellent prime minister who has done much with difficult situations. Like many reasonably sensible European leaders in recent years, he’s been undermined by the foam-in-the-mouth lunacy of Merkel-Juncker-Hollande.
What does this mean, though? The Treaty of Maastricht was only “passed” through multiple votes in Denmark and a sham plebiscite in France. The Great British public were once again denied a vote by the Whelks of Westminster. The Dutch voted “no” to the EU Constitution — as did the French. The Huns were just told to shut up and do what they’re told. Huns are, by-and-large, not unreasonable as individuals and Europe would have been much better off if the concerns of German voters would have at least been considered rather than ignored by the lunacy of Kohl.
I suppose it is a sign that public opinion on the EU is firming up — both for it and against it. In the Nordic states there is a growing resistance to the EU, though not at the point of an increasingly likely withdrawal as is the case in the United Kingdom. The Dutch are not much more in favour of it than the British.