Skip to main content

Thierry Baudet: Who Is The Boss of the Netherlands?

After the murder of Pim Fortuyn there has been no other prominent Dutch politician who questioned the influence of the Dutch monarchy in Dutch politics other than Geert Wilders.

Until the arrival of Thierry Baudet, who is the new political star in the Netherlands. In the Dutch parliament last year, he mocked the speech of King Willem-Alexander (“troonrede”) and referred to it as a litany of fables. And then asked at 6:10 minutes:

“Who really is the boss of this country? Who can influence or decide things. Is it PM Mark Rutte? Is it the king? Is it Juncker? Is it Soros? Is it Merkel? Is it Paul Polman of Unilever?"

The fact that Thierry Baudet mentioned King Willem-Alexander is really revealing and very courageous. Most Dutch politicians know this to be true, but would never say it. The monarchy is considered the sacred cow of Dutch politics, but it also the elephant in the room.  

It is also important to know the context of this parliamentary debate. It was discovered that Prime Minister Rutte had secretly arranged tax shelters for Dutch multinational corporations, which led to a scandal known as #dividendbelasting. And guess who owns stocks in all these corporations? You guessed it.

Baudet: "Wie is de baas in Nederland? De koning?"
Koning Willem-Alexander: "Niet zoeken naar een breder Ik, maar naar een groter Wij."  


Popular posts from this blog


Inside The Starck Club DALLAS, TEXAS -- 1985-89: My favorite place that I would frequently visit in Dallas was the Starck Club.  It was located in the old part of town, where the once life-sustaining warehouses were abandoned and crumbling, right past the forgotten railroad tracks of the forgotten Industrial Revolution.  But this one particular warehouse was adopted and remodeled by the French architect and designer, Philippe Starck. The Starck Club was owned by numerous people, and one of them was rumored to be Grace Jones. Getting into the Starck Club wasn’t easy.  There was always a long line and the club’s doormen were very selective about who they allowed to enter. Since I was in my early twenties with bleached blond hair, I was hip enough to pass.  I also wore black parachute pants while standing in white leather shoes -- all very Duran Duran like. The first time I entered the Starck Club I was in a state of shock and awe.  It wasn’t just the unique design of the

Pim Fortuyn: The Man Queen Beatrix Feared the Most

Pim Fortuyn: The Man Queen Beatrix Feared the Most Had Pim Fortuyn lived 9 more days he would have become the next prime minister of the Netherlands. Question: Who gained the most from his death? Many years after his assassination it was reported   that Queen Beatrix had told former Prime Minister, Ruud Lubbers, that she didn’t lie awake at night over the death of Pim Fortuyn. Was Queen Beatrix influential in denying Pim Fortuyn secret service protection? The truth is that Queen Beatrix hated Pim Fortuyn. And the question is whether she was influential in preventing him from receiving secret service protection, knowing the death threats against him. It was Minister Klaas de Vries, as the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, who denied Pim Fortuyn secret service protection. But was Minister Klaas de Vries acting on his own in the Kingdom of the Netherlands? Or was he following orders?   By not granting Pim Fortuyn secret service protection the government al

Theo Bruinsma: Coming To America

Promised You America by Theo Bruinsma 2016 There was a song during the eighties by the Scottish rock band, Simple Minds, called "Promised You A Miracle." But I always heard it as "Promised You America."   In 1983, after graduating from high school in Holland, I stepped aboard a KLM Boeing 747 to Los Angeles, California.  It was a one-way ticket to paradise, at least so I thought at the age of eighteen.  It was to be my long awaited escape from the Dutch rain and wind to a land of sunshine and opportunity, from grey skies to blue skies, from socialism to capitalism. As a teenager growing-up in Holland, I used to watch numerous American TV shows.  The one that I really liked was Magnum, P.I. starring Tom Selleck.  At this time in Holland there were only two government television channels, and they didn’t commence until 3pm in the afternoon and ended slightly passed 11pm.  And though Magnum, P.I . was featured only once a week, it provided me with enough inspira