Geert Wilders may be more mainstream than many of the Tories new European allies…

The Conservative Party's new allies represent those people who fought against Soviet Russia, including members of the Latvian Waffen SS

The Conservative Party's new allies represent those people who fought against Soviet Russia, including members of the Latvian Waffen SS

David Cameron’s decision to leave the European People’s Party in the European Parliament is, despite the opprobrium poured upon them, a very sensible decision if the Conservatives want to change public perception of their political direction.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Polish Law and Justice Party, believes, “homosexuals should not be isolated, however they should not be school teachers for example. Active homosexuals surely not, in any case,” [1] and continued, “The affirmation of homosexuality will lead to the downfall of civilization. We can’t agree to it”[2]

If you believe the Daily Mail you might believe this is mainstream but I wonder if David Cameron agrees with Mr Kaczynski’s decision to close down the Office of Government Representative for the Equal Status of Women and Men.

When it comes to the constant discussion of whether, or not, the Latvian ‘For Fatherland and Freedom’ (LNNK) party is born out of former Waffen SS supporters it is a different matter.  Many politicians in Latvia attend commemorations of Latvian soldiers who died in the war and many fought against the Soviet Union.

But instead of accepting the contrary opinions of Labour or Conservative politicians in the UK, or for that matter doctored Wikipedia entries, I like to accept the view of the Nazi-hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Efraim Zuroff, who you may have seen recently on the BBC series ‘Hunting Nazi Criminals’ Operation Last Chance, recently criticised the LNNK for their obsession in ‘paying public homage to the Latvian-SS Legion in contradiction to all historical logic and sensitivity to Nazi crimes.’

The Conservatives seem not to be aware of the public opposition, and demonstrations, in Latvia,  to the LNNK’s support for the Latvian SS legion.

Geert Wilders is an extreme right-wing politician, to whom I would give no political quarter, who claims Margaret Thatcher is his political role model!

His party’s agenda includes  ideas on small government, improving law and order, and increasing direct democracy. It calls for a €16 billion tax reduction, a far stricter policy toward recreational drug use, investing more in roads and other infrastructure, building nuclear power plants, and including animal rights into the Dutch constitution.These strike me as being right up Mr Cameron’s street, with the exception of supporting animal rights, as I understand he enjoys a spot of fox hunting.

The way in which Mr Wilders represents his opposition, to his perception, of the islamification of the Netherlands, is extremely contentious, and obnoxious, and his appeal is to the extreme right wing of Dutch politics.

Perhaps, based on the extreme views of some of Mr Cameron’s new European Parliamentary group, with the exception of his views on Islam’s influence in Holland, David Cameron could find a new ally in Mr Wilders!

[1]^ http://wiadomosci.wp.pl/kat,1342,wid,7957825,wiadomosc.html?ticaid=1408

[2]^ http://www.thegully.com/essays/gaymundo/051110_poland_election.html

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  1. Richard T

     /  October 20, 2009

    Well if I mind the quote right, Gert Wilders is an autocratic blond with a peculiar hair style and Maggie T….

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