The Dutch cabinet formation is currently deadlocked. After negotiations between VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks have stopped, there seems to be no viable alternative available. This is caused by a number of options that are ruled out by certain parties. The bourgeois press and political commentators regard this as unwillingness to make concessions for the sake of the national interest. They want to give the impression that the parties are being too radical. But in fact, the opposite is true.
Let’s start with the coalition effort that just faltered. The “green conservative” experiment failed because of a too great a difference in opinion between the CDA and GroenLinks about climate. GroenLinks found itself supported by D66, and remarkably enough, the VVD. Additionally GroenLinks also could not agree with the VVD and CDA on immigration. The VVD unwillingness on this last point goes against their liberal ideas and forms a distinct feature of the radicalization of Rutte’s party. They are taking over more and more points of Geert Wilders. A genuinely liberal party would have no problem with freedom of immigration. However, in reality the VVD is a rightwing populist and nationalist party that wants to protect Dutch capital and its purveyors.
It is a clear sign that apparently there was no friction between the VVD and GroenLinks in the field of work and income. This shows that GroenLinks and its reformist tendency is completely unreliable and useless for the workers in the Netherlands.
Now we will look at other options. The Christian Union would take the place of Jesse Klaver’s party but has been rejected in advance by D66. This is a correct position and illustrates the irreconcilable differences in the area of issues such as euthanasia and abortion. However, it is typical that only D66 has objected to this. Apparently, the VVD has no trouble making concessions in the field of self-determination and individual freedoms.
A so-called “left” variant with the Labor and SP as coalition partners also has an extremely low potency. The SP doubts openly if they will govern with the VVD and would almost certainly not even go into negotiations. This is a commendable attitude of the Socialist Party and we should hope that they also hold their ground too. Participation of the SP (possibly with the battered Labor Party) would be an extremely reprehensible form of ideological dilution where nobody can profit from.
A variant on the right with the PVV and possibly the SGP and Forum for Democracy seems unlikely because of Rutte’s promises of not working with Wilders. This would be completely destroy his reputation. Moreover, such a government in advance is doomed to failure, with the knowledge of Wilders’ unpredictable and erratic behavior and the disorderly reputation of his party.
Doomed to Fail
Yet it is not entirely inconceivable that the VVD and CDA will still cave in. Also this move would demonstrate a serious blurring of their own ideological doctrine. The VVD and CDA have been sliding into extreme rightwing ideas just to stay on track with populists such as the LPF and now the PVV. It is unlikely that the government will have a long life; but there is a chance that it will be attempted out of ‘national interest’.
A final option which is being proposed by SP is a broad coalition of “left” parties. It’s a playful proposal, but the success rate is small and if it became reality, there would be a highly unstable government that must take on a strong right block in the opposition.
Leftwing Netherlands has a strong instrument of power in their hands. Namely the decision to not govern under any circumstances. If the left parties pertinently refuse participation in any coalition; new elections or a government with Wilders are inevitable. The latter will certainly fail, which in turn will lead to new elections. Also a coalition with only left(esque) parties is still possible. But this will only succeed if the left unites; which is currently still lacking.
Unity can only exist on the basis of the Marxist theory. This will mean that many parties such as GroenLinks and parts of the SP and the PvdA will drop. Netherlands may, under the flag of the former or an entirely new workers’ party again regain its unity on the left. No compromises and reformist revision of capitalism, but a radical socialist program. This program should form the core of a mass movement supported by trade unions and should aim to place the country under the control of the people.
To achieve this we will at all costs have to let the current formation fail. No participation for the sake of the national interest, no participation to keep the PVV out and no participation to supposedly alleviate capitalism. Put an end to capitalism! Put an end to reformism! For a Socialist Netherlands!