Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dutch election: PM Rutte celebrates 'rejection of populism' per BBC News

This BBC report is headlined as a 'rejection of populism'  but the details are a little different.

'With more than 90% of votes counted, the VVD had won 33 out of 150 seats, a loss of eight seats from the previous parliament.

Mr Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) was in second place on 20 seats, a gain of five, with the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the liberal Democrats 66 (D66) close behind with 19 seats each.

The Green-Left party also did well winning 14 seats, an increase of 10.

The Labour Party (PvdA), the junior party in the governing coalition, suffered a historic defeat with only nine seats, a loss of 29.'

It would seem to me that the only rejection was of the Labour Party who lost three quarters of their seats.

Mr Wilders's Party increased its number of seats by a third.

The ruling VVD party, who's leader the BBC is so keen to quote, lost almost a fifth of their seats.

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