May 16, 2002


PIM LIVES: What an amazing Dutch election: the Christian Democrats walloped the socialists and liberals, and the Lijst Pim Fortuyn leaped into second place. The borders won't be closed as Fortuyn suggested, but active steps will be taken to assimilate immigrants, which is clearly important. The Christian Democrats won't try to reverse gay marriage and euthanasia, but may try to crack down on marijuana-- but they'll have a tough time of that, with the libertarian LPF in their coalition. That's right: the party demonized as "far-right" may very likely be the key in preserving those famous, uniquely Dutch social liberties in the new government.

Posted by John Tabin at May 16, 2002 05:01 PM