30 June 2006

Hirsi’s “Revenge”

From today’s Guardian


The Dutch government collapsed last night in a row over its treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Prme Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, will tender his resignation to Queen Beatrix today after the centrist D-66 party withdrew its ministers from his coalition government. Mr Balkenende is expected to calla general election although he may try to hang on until Spetember in order to present next year's budget.

The crisis was sparked after D-66, a small centrist party in the coalition, refused to support Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk after she stripped Ayaan Hirsi Ali of her Dutch citizenship. Although Ms Verdonk restored her citizenship this week, D-66 was infuriated when the she forced Ms her to sign a statement admitting that she had lied in order to gain Dutch citizenship when she fled to the Netherlands in 1992.

The downfall of the centre-right coalition will ring alarm bells across the EU because it marks the first time that a government has fallen in a row linked to the continent-wide struggle to integrate Europe's Muslims. Opinion polls indicate that Wouter Bos, the Blairite leader of the Dutch Labour party, will emerge as the leader of the largest party.


2 comments:

Renegade Eye said...

It should have never got that far.

I wonder if the Dutch government, provides security for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, since the Van Goch thing? She was evicted, from a fenced community, she tried to find housing at.

jams o donnell said...

Of course it shouldn't ren. Even if one does not agree with everything she says, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a brave and principled woman who did not deserve the treatment she got off the Dutch government.

I am glad Verdonk's dick swinging fell flat