As everyone knows, the xenophobic website of the Dutch Party for Freedom has been widely condemned. Many countries did it through their ambassadors, so did the European parliament and the UE Commissioner on justice Viviane Reding. A minority of the protesters, myself included, decided to conquer evil with good. Rather then resent Geert Wilders’ rudeness, I praise the Dutch as a wise nation.
Within the full landscape of protest there is also an original initiative of two members of the European Parliament from the European People’s Party – Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (Poland) and Sebastian Bodu (Romania). This rather original coalition called for a boycott of good from the Netherlands. Hooray! The idea is first-rate but the action “Boycott the Dutch” may end with a dud.
I mean this: instead of Shell we can refuel at BP, instead of Lipton we can drink another tea, but what to do with a cold pint of Zywiec, which belongs to Heneken? And the problem does not end here. As you know, more than a half of world export of flowers, including carnations, come from the Netherlands. Well, how will the brave MEPs tell the wrong flowers from the right ones on March 8? And what if traditional tights enclosed to the flower on that day will be brought by Dutch trucks that circulate in Europe en masse.
The boycott could also badly affect the diet of MEPs. After all, they work in Brussels and most of fish and seafood arrives here from the neighbouring Netherlands. So it appears that the first victims of the boycott will be… the authors of the idea!
But seriously speaking – Wilders himself is not bothered with the protests at all. Each day he receives on his website 10 000 entries and turns up the tension. It is noteworthy that in the neighbouring Belgium work around the same number of Poles as in the Netherlands. In identical social conditions the presence of Polish people does not cause any problems. But it is like that when you release a genie from the bottle…Author : Marek Siwiec MEP