Turbans from Amsterdam: The Demise of the Labour Party

Colin Liddell


The quintessential Dutch flower is of course the Tulip. But few people realize that the origin of the word is actually derived from an Islamic word for “turban”—an ill omen indeed!

This is sadly appropriate now because Amsterdam, the main city of the Netherlands, is fast becoming a Muslim city (15 to 20%). It was also the centre of the electoral breakthrough by Denk, the new Turkish political party in Holland, which gained 2% of the national vote and three MPs in the 150-seat parliament.

In fact, one of the most shocking statistics from the election is that in Amsterdam itself, Denk actually did better than Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, which finished second nationally. In the main Dutch Metropolis, Denk got 7.5% of the vote, against only 7% for the Freedom Party.

Denk also got close to the vote of the Labour Party, which collapsed nationally but also slumped from 35.8% in the city to 8.4%.

This is interesting because one reason the Labour Party’s vote collapsed is because it not only lost Dutch voters but also non-Dutch voters, and especially Turkish voters. In particular, it is clear that almost all of Denk’s voters would previously have voted Labour, as the Party’s founders got their start on Labour’s ethnic fast-track.

While most attention has been on Geert Wilders and some on Denk, the big  story in this election is the collapse of the Labour Party. This is of special interest for us on the Alt-Right because the party’s fortunes are a good example of the problems of the “progressive stack” coming home to roost, with “imported” ethnic voters feeling ill-at-ease with elements of Cultural Marxism, such as feminism, gay rights, and disproportionate Jewish influence.

These problems, which exist in all Leftist parties attempting this awkward balancing act, are often multiplied when the “imported” voters are Muslim, as they are in this case.

Turks reportedly make up 2.6% of the Dutch population. The fact that Denk got 2% of the national vote suggests that most of them decided to act as a bloc and abandon the Labour Party for Denk. This shows an admirable degree of ethnic unity that White people would do well to emulate.

But what exactly is behind the decision of Turkish voters to turn their backs on Labour? After all, most ethnic minorities find great benefit in furthering their collective interests through a party of “useful idiots” keen to morally signal by fast-tracking them and promoting their interests; especially if that party is a regular occupant of government as the Dutch Labour Party has been through various coalition arrangements.

In most countries, small ethnic groups adopting a strategy of creating their own party would likely result not only in their political marginalization but actually their electoral annihilation. For example, a party centred on Pakistanis or West Indians in the UK would end up getting practically zero representation. But because Holland has a pure proportional representation system, the electoral costs to small groups going it alone are practically nil. This is why you have dog lover and pensioner parties. Added to this is the fact that Dutch politics is based on coalitions, in which small parties can sometimes exert enormous bargaining power. Under the right circumstances, the tail can wag the dog.

These are the pull factors, but the creation of Denk was also spurred by push factors emanating from the tensions within the Labour Party. In this respect, it is perhaps significant that since 2010, two of the three elected leaders of the Labour Party, including the present leader, have been openly declared Jews, who stepped up to the leadership of the party from being mayors of the fast-Islamicizing city of Amsterdam.

Job Cohen leader of the party from 2010 to 2012 was mayor of Amsterdam from 2001 to 2010, and Lodewijk Asscher, leader of the party from 2016, was acting mayor of Amsterdam for several months in 2010 (he was also deputy mayor from 2006 to 2010).

Working in Amsterdam city politics is ideal preparation for any leader of the Labour Party because the city’s diversity and culture clashes echo those of the “progressive stack.” However, the collapse of the Labour Party points to something going very wrong with this balancing act.

By all accounts, Job Cohen was skilled at his job. For example, when the filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam by a Muslim extremist in November 2004, Cohen worked hard to calm tensions, mainly by cucking to the city’s Muslims, who were apparently crying out in pain as one of their own did a lot more than just strike the Dutch filmmaker.

“Islam is here to stay, in this country, in this city,” he said at the time. “We have to deal with Islam as a fact, not whether we like it. So the real question is how to get on with each other.”

This approach saw him lionized by the Western mainstream media. TIME magazine even drummed up a special award for Cohen— “European Hero.”

But reaching out to Muslims in this way was only one side of the equation. The rise of a populist, cultural nationalist option in the form of Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, started to put pressure on the Labour Party and other parties to demonstrate the even-handedness of the multicultural experiment. In effect, this meant demonstrating that the sacrifices were not only on the Dutch side.

After the 2012 elections, Labour joined the coalition government, with Lodewijk Asscher becoming Deputy PM and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment. In this role Asscher focused on Muslim assimilation and integration—or the lack of it. He soon realized that there were powerful ethnic interest groups working against this, in particular the Turkish religious group Millî Görüş, which has its roots in Turkey as a response to the secularization and Westernization of the Kemalists. Because of this history, the organization strongly rejects Dutch culture and values.

In 2014, ISIS was grabbing the headlines. Initially supported by Turkey and the Gulf States, it was making rapid progress. In June it declared a Caliphate and threatened Baghdad, prompting Western intervention in the Middle East.

These events led to growing tensions in those Western countries with large Muslim populations. In September 2014, Asscher announced “heightened scrutiny” of Millî Görüş and three other Dutch Turkish organisations.

This move by a Jewish minister of their own party put ethnic Turk MPs in the Labour Party in a slightly awkward position. However, their response was probably not anticipated. The party’s two Turkish members of parliament, Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk, left the party and founded a new implicitly Turkish party, finally calling it Denk. The name is interesting as it means “think” in Dutch but “equality” in Turkish.

Denk’s true policies are unclear but can be inferred as those of pragmatic ethnic interest. Their rhetoric and slogans still have a left-wing hue, calling for “tolerance” and “justice,” etc. — obviously a good strategy for any minority. In addition to this, they also favour establishing an Orwellian-sounding “racism register,” in which acts, deeds, or words defined as “racist” can be dutifully recorded for future use. They also want to effectively ban the term “integration,” replacing it instead with the less conditional word “acceptance.”

The most revealing fact about the founders of Denk, however, is that two supposedly left-wing MPs left the Labour party after its minister called not for the suppression or banning of a Turkish religious group, but merely for “heightened scrutiny.”

Here we see demonstrated to perfection the pure group interest of the ethnic politician in Western countries—ruthlessly following the interest of his tribe completely untroubled by mere political or ideological principles. Would that the White natives did the same.

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26 Comments to "Turbans from Amsterdam: The Demise of the Labour Party"

  1. futuret's Gravatar futuret
    March 17, 2017 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    (Mod. Note: “futuret”, please tell us what any link you provide is about, and why you are posting it. TOO is not a “dumping ground” for unannoted links. Thank you.)

  2. Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
    March 17, 2017 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Liddell: Given that disinformation has outstripped information some time ago, I am left with a lingering question.

    In 2014 [?] a Dutch journalist corresponded with the head of a Canadian site, a PhD from the U of Toronto, the transcript of which was posted. This Dutch journalist was unquestionably familiar with the details of the details of Dutch politics.

    He wrote of the fact, that Wilders had more than once visited Mossad H.Q. in Tel Aviv and had also visited the Israeli Embassy at the Hague on many occasions. [ There was a photo of Wilders hobnobbing at the Knesset ].

    Given Jewish weaponization and funding for diluting the West, [ ostensibly ? ] opposed by Wilders, what explains these alleged, at least photographically-evidenced contacts ?

    Did the more attuned electorate fear a Jewish-inspired double- or triple-cross by Wilders, designed to lead them nowhere; paralleling their rejection of Jewish-lead Labour ?

    This answer can only originate from a person with both ears close to the rails and unafraid of the third one: it’s beyond a reply hereabouts by normal mortals.

    What do you think ?

    • Colin Liddell's Gravatar Colin Liddell
      March 17, 2017 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

      Usually electorates are not that attuned. The reason Wilders did not “win” the election is because Rutte gave those who are worried about the issue of Islamicization a fake option of “respectable anti-Islamic strong man” due to the way he handled the diplomatic spat with Turkey.

      As for Wilder’s almost toxic Zionism – as well as his pro-gay stance – this is a common tactic adopted by anti-Islamic groups and politicians in the West who do not wish to be seen as “evil racists” and “bigots.” If he were really controlled by Jewish interests I think he would probably keep his Zionist sympathies a little more in the shade.

      • Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
        March 17, 2017 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

        He seems so unreservedly and sincerely aligned with Jewish interests that “control” seems unnecessary.

      • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
        March 18, 2017 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

        How does one person credibly embody both toxic Zionism and simultaneously opposition to its current, well-designed main weapon of mass-immigration ?

        In what part of Amsterdam’s diamond-cutting quarter does his shrink practise ?

        [ Right on Trenchant ].

  3. Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
    March 17, 2017 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    (Mod. Note: Done. Thanks for keeping TOO grammar creditable!)

  4. March 17, 2017 - 7:12 pm | Permalink

    There’s another issue here, which is that the Netherlands had an empire, notably the Dutch East Indies, and in fact had/have connections there – e.g. Dutch aromatic tobacco, and food derived from the east (I forget what it’s called – lots of little plates). It’s somewhat like Britain and the ex-empire. Maybe it’s not quite as disastrous at it seems.

    • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
      March 18, 2017 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Your last sentence reminds me of a remark attributed to a Habsburg General after his lost battle of Solferino in 1859:
      ” The situation is hopeless but not serious ! ”

      How, pray tell, can it be not quite as disastrous as it seems ?.
      This is not driven by wishful thinking but by a demographic clock.

      Certainly there is another issue here, but it’s neither aromatic tobacco nor cloves. After Japan’s occupation and evacuation of Indonesia continued Dutch colonialism became untenable, though the Dutch disagreed, hiring mainly Moluccan islanders for their Royal Netherland East Indies Army, soon bitterly embroiled with the Nationalists. The Dutch had extended privileges to the Moluccans and had promised them an independent state. Upon their inevitable withdrawal, they took the Moluccans, universally deemed collaborators, with them and barracked them in the former German concentration camp in Westerborg.

      Unoccupied, they vegetated and founded their own government in exile, still smarting under the unfulfilled promise of their own state, as promised for their military service.

      The more radical among them took their publicity cue from Arafat, the Black Panthers and Guevara and hijacked a train, killing three, invaded the Indonesian Embassy at The Hague to protest a visit by dictator Sukarno and later took a school hostage: all, and more, to remind the Dutch of their broken promises.

      This obliged several Dutch PMs to repeatedly apologize, saddling the religious general populace with a severe guilt complex.

      The Dutch are well-educated, traveled and generally liberal-minded.

      I believe it is this part of their history that makes them especially receptive to the immigrants’ misfortune. Up to a point.

      • Sylvie's Gravatar Sylvie
        March 19, 2017 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

        “The Dutch are well-educated, traveled and generally liberal-minded”

        Oh, yeah, same as the well-educated, traveled and generally liberal-minded British:
        Both exhibit visceral hate for their German cousins but welcome their brothers from Marocco, Pakistan and elsewhere.
        The result can be inspected in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Birmingham, London,…

        • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
          March 20, 2017 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

          Sylvie, slow down. My reason for mentioning the Moluccans was that they were an initial and numerous visual South East Asian group import of anywhere up to 50,000; in that generation alone: to assuage a guilt complex for exposing them to local retaliation for “collaboration ” if left behind.

          I thought I explained that in my last paragraph.

          As a German I have visited GB on many occasions, including sojourns of several weeks, even months. Not once have I encountered hate, much less ” visceral ” hate among that fundamentally decent people. Which is not the same as saying that more of them need to wipe the sleep out of their eyes to survive.

          The same, except for longer stays, goes for the Dutch.

          I can easily fill in your dots following London.

          I am the last to contemplate the demolition of Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein to replace it with a mosque, or to fill in a Dutch canal to create a site for the erection of one.

          Neither am I contemplating a sojourn in Germany, though that would be very affordable since the German state would provide at least six days out of a week for my room and board; bars aside.

        • pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
          March 21, 2017 - 3:49 am | Permalink

          Here is an article in the DM. They banned me from commenting after I criticised them for their hostility to Farage, but nevertheless others do get comments through despite their moderators. To be fair, the DM allows some stories that are against the left-wing narrative – they have to as their readers are right wing despite the paper being recently on the turn and hostile to Farage and Trump. It is a good place to comment if you can get through as they are the most popular online paper in Britain.

          The link is an article about the German SAS. See the green and red arrows of the readers to the comments. These show that most British readers are fully supportive of the German soldiers and feel friendly towards them.

          British people have received a narrative about Nazis and the Holocaust continuously for almost 80 years in their schools, TV, and films, yet this article reveals no hostility of British people to Germans. In fact the British are probably less hostile to Germans than Germans are hostile to themselves (‘We must lie prostrate on the floor and invite the third world to come over and trample on us to pay penance for the War’).

      • pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
        March 20, 2017 - 3:41 am | Permalink

        Charles Frey, re Dutch colonies. The Dutch also do not allow S.African whites who can prove their Dutch ancestry to have automatic right to return to Holland. These whites of pure Dutch descent have NO more rights to move to Holland than a Somalian or Nigerian muslim has, whose family has never had any connection with Holland. This is how the Dutch practise ‘inverse ethno-centrism’, as in effect their immigration policy, whilst pretending to ‘be fair’ in effect favours anchor baby type families, ie muslim Turks over their own from S.Africa.

        I do not suggest that, say, 85% of white Dutch people themselves support this anti-Dutch immigration policy (although 15% white Dutch probably do) , but nevertheless most of the 85% join the other 15% and vote for enemy-within politicians who do. It is a tendency for whites to vote for politicians with the opposite views to their own after attending schools run by the left and listening to a MSM run by the left. All the 15% who hate their own have to do after gravitating to the media and education and politics, all they have to do is press the right buttons on the other 85% (‘equality’ ‘fairness’ ‘don’t be racist’) and then most of the 85% agree to their own demise by voting for it.

        Perhaps if the Dutch people had, say, just one hour a week on mainstream TV of news and current affairs that was not run by the enemy within, who knows how different the political situation would be. The same applies to all Western nations. A reader from Holland in another newspaper said that in the weeks leading up to the vote, Wilders was not on TV, and only appeared in the last three days before the election.

        • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
          March 20, 2017 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

          P, I am astonished by your opening. In ’93 I noticed a classic Mustang in the parking lot of friends near Lake Constance. Its license-plate frame indicated the selling dealer as being situated in Kitchener, Ontario, an hour west of Toronto [ and until 1916 called Berlin, renamed in honour of the British originator of concentration camps in South Africa ].

          The young driver, born here, is the son of German immigrant parents, travelling and working in Germany on a German passport, to which he was entitled under German law.

          Everything under the sun, including 17-page spec sheets for tractor seats are regulated and standardized in the Commissariat of the EU.

          How is Holland able to dance out of line with these usually also ‘harmonized’ laws, discriminatory of their own blood ?

      • March 21, 2017 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

        All I meant was, there’s a connection with Holland. Jews are forcing into Britain Africans who were never even part of the ‘British’ Empire, and others. (This was before I read Pterodactyl).

  5. Franklin Ryckaert's Gravatar Franklin Ryckaert
    March 17, 2017 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Some remarks :

    1) Lodewijk Ascher is only Jewish from his father’s side, but he is typically Jewish in his policy (antidiscrimination, but pro-Israel).

    2) Job Cohen is an assimilated Jew with little Jewish consciousness (“I feel Dutch”), and who is more concerned about non-discrimination of ethnic minorities than about specific Jewish interests. When he was mayor of Amsterdam the local Jewish community lobbied in vain for more security measures for its institutions.

    3) The Labour Party (PvdA) may have been reduced to 9 seats, but in its place has come another socialist party (SP), more radical, which won 14 seats. The Green Left (GL) is by all means a pro-immigrants Leftish party which also won 14 seats. So the Left is not over in the Netherlands.

    4) With 3 seats Turkish party Denk has reached its ceiling. It cannot grow more because there are no more Turks. All other non-European groups in the Netherlands (together 12% of the population) are of the same magnitude as the Turks. They all could form their own little ethnic parties but then condemn themselves to eternal marginalization.

    5) The reason Geert Wilders lost to the VVD of Rutte is that like in all European countries the public is too afraid to vote for a “racist” party and prefers a mildly nationalist one in stead. That is why UKIP was preferred above the BNP in the UK. Geert Wilders’ pronouncements are too radical for the general public. Even if Wilders would have won the election, he could never form a government because no party would be willing to form a coalition with him. Nationalist parties will have to carefully navigate between too much “tolerance” and too much radicalism. The public wants to reject multiculturalism without feeling guilty of “racism”.

    6) Wilders is supported by Zionist Jews in and outside Israel for whom the security of Israel is more important than nation wrecking of Western countries.
    See : US anti-islam groups admit to financing PVV leader Geert Wilders. Dutchnews.nl.
    Wilders is himself of partial Jewish origin and is married to a Jewish woman, but his rejection of multiculturalism is genuine.

    • Zaida's Gravatar Zaida
      March 18, 2017 - 12:38 am | Permalink

      Only 12% non-Europeans? Sounds good!
      There were 13 mio.people in the Netherlands in 1970; now it’s up to 17 mio! The 4 mio. plus is basically non-White increase.
      Lots of Eastern Europeans too who always vote for leftist, pro-EU parties.
      The reality on the ground tells a different story than stats.

      • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
        March 18, 2017 - 9:54 am | Permalink

        And we are talking of a country the size of Maryland; but with three times the population.

      • Franklin Ryckaert's Gravatar Franklin Ryckaert
        March 18, 2017 - 10:11 am | Permalink

        There are 1,997,584 non-Western allochtones and 1,597,160 Western allochtones in the Netherlands on a total population of 17 million. That is 11,75% and 10,64% respectively. (“allochtone” is the official term for “foreigner”). The number of births among the second generation of non-Europeans is declining. Most foreigners live in the big cities.

    • m's Gravatar m
      March 18, 2017 - 4:52 am | Permalink

      Job Cohen is an assimilated Jew with little Jewish consciousness… who is more concerned about non-discrimination of ethnic minorities than about specific Jewish interests.

      E. Michael Jones, in his The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and It’s Impact on World History often notes how in their messianic drive to create an earthly New Jerusalem via revolution, Jews frequently take an at first seemingly contradictory but paternalistic attitude toward other minorities in an effort to “conscript” them into revolution. This is done as a part of a more coherent total scheme that is supposed to end up benefiting Jews. Ultimately, Jewish concern for minorities is always at the expense of traditional white interests. In this context, the idea of Cohen possessing “little Jewish consciousness” can be compared.

      • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
        March 18, 2017 - 10:15 am | Permalink

        It’s a little like a journalist paid to alter public opinion. First agree with the majority, then insert doubt, before a 180 degree turn.

    • Karen T's Gravatar Karen T
      March 18, 2017 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

      Maybe the reason Geert Wilders lost is that the Dutch have woken up to Jewish Zionist control.

    • Colin Liddell's Gravatar Colin Liddell
      March 18, 2017 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

      The Green Left seem to be an SJW party, i.e. a party designed to appeal to the more “religious” White leftist, i.e. those who use politics to morally signal and who use issue politics as a form of ersatz identity.

      So, although not explicitly ethnic like Denk, this too must be seen as an increase in identitarian politics – the Green Lefts are simply a weird form of White identitarianism. This will impose a pretty low ceiling on them too.

      If the UK had the same system of PR as Holland, you would see exactly the same effect on the British Labour Party, as the same forces exactly exist.

      • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
        March 21, 2017 - 8:41 am | Permalink

        Colin, I would have stopped after labeling The Greens as weird. Having ridden in wearing a mantle of then trendy green environmentalism, SOME in the western part of Germany ‘ signaled their morality ‘ by favouring sex with minors. This is not a ‘ low ceiling ‘ but well below the floor of the basement, where some belong.

        Trying to analyze British Labour is tantamount to keeping track of a small log in the Whirlpool below Niagara Falls.

    • tadzio308's Gravatar tadzio308
      March 19, 2017 - 3:26 am | Permalink

      It should be noted that Wilder’s appeal was undercut by a last minute contrived attack on Turkey by the PM Rutte. The final two weeks saw a full bore diplomatic breach with Ankara. It was crude, opportunistic, cynical and effective.

  6. Fenria's Gravatar Fenria
    March 18, 2017 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

    The only silver lining to this tragedy that is unfolding all over Europe at this point is that the same ethnic forces that will eventually render us homeless in the lands our ancestors built will ALSO do the exact same thing to the architects of this agenda, because the ethnicities they’re importing into the west hate them every bit as much as they hate us. As we stand outside our own nations, the jews will be right there next to us, every bit as screwed, and if they think anyone other than pathologically altruistic whites will be suckered into perpetually defending poor little Israel, they’re dreaming. Jews will learn the meaning of the term, “Pyrrhic victory”, the hard way.

    • Charles Frey's Gravatar Charles Frey
      March 19, 2017 - 9:41 am | Permalink

      Thank you indeed for your glimpse over the horizon. Well put and regrettably conceivable.

      If the day were to dawn on which ” we stand outside our own nations, [ and ] the jews will be right there next to us “, let’s make sure we have sufficient duct tape not to hear how it’s all our fault. Yet again.

      For everyone with family of military age, it would be of interest to read the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz, a formidable and well plugged-in opponent of Netanyahu and his lunatic, expansionist Cabinet. At minimum one could counsel family members of draft age when not to schedule weddings or sign offers to purchase.

      The very epicenter of all occurrences influencing and determining world events. Were they not embroiled in legalizing private land theft, further settlements, statements that the real-estate parts of the Old Testament trumped secular judgments of their non-Theocracy-state Supreme Court, hauling Netanyahu repeatedly before the police
      [ interrupted by a call from Trump ], increasing aerial attacks on Syria, typically complaining of retaliation by Assad and a myriad of other scandals, they would have even more time to ‘ screw ‘ us.

      Haaretz is worth the negligible price for net access; and a hell of an antidote to CNN; not the trusted, but ” the ‘most’ trusted news network “. The omission of ‘most’ would imply it is trusted, which rightfully would make it an actionable falsehood; given its factpinion coverage.

      In addition to duct tape, let’s bring iodine and nose splints to minister to the wounds we inflicted just before that day dawns, when we stand outside together looking in and back.

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