One NL

One NL

Eén NL (One NL) is a Dutch political party founded in September 2006. It took part in the 2006 Dutch election under leadership of Marco Pastors and Joost Eerdmans, but a dismal election result makes the politic future of the party quite uncertain. The party is seen to be one of the political heirs of the late Pim Fortuyn.

The Eén in the name Eén NL, meaning 'one', emphasizes national unity where NL is a common abbreviation of The Netherlands.

The party broadly stands for opposition to mass immigration to The Netherlands, tax cutting and shrinking government, a zero tolerance against crime, constitutional reform (particularly more direct democracy and the direct election of the prime minister and members of parliament), restoring the "human dimension" in large public sectors such as education and health care, and a skeptical attitude to European integration.

Although the party is critical of the "islamization" of The Netherlands, in favor of assimilation by minorities and opposed to further immigration, it is perceived as taking a less hard line on this issue than other right-wing parties such as Geert Wilders' Freedom Party or Hilbrand Nawijn's Party for the Netherlands. Several moderate Muslims support the party.

On September 20, 2006, Anton van Schijndel, formerly of the VVD, joined the party and on September 24 he and Eerdmans formed a new parliamentary group with the provisional name Groep Eerdmans-Van Schijndel. The definitive list of candidates was presented on September 30, 2006. Among the new additions to the list were Hans Smolders, Pim Fortuyns former chauffeur (the man who chased Fortuyns assassin and was responsible for his apprehension), Fortuyns young brother Simon Fortuijn, and Jan Dirk Blaauw a former member of the VVD parliamentary fraction.

The party program was presented on October 9, 2006 and in November 2006 Marco Pastors published a political pamphlet as well .

On November 15, the party released a radio advert, in which party leader Marco Pastors likened the apathy of "the establishment" towards the "Islamization of Holland" to the laxism of Dutch politics towards the Nazi Germany threat of the 1930s. In a talkshow Pastors said that the Dutch government has to act now, because "Hirsi Ali already had to leave the country, Theo van Gogh was murdered, and honour killing is becoming more widespread." Pastors pointed out that even those immigrants that are integrated say that this cannot go on anymore..

A lawsuit filed against Pastors by the political opponent Moslim Democratische Partij was not honored, the judge argued that although the remark was sensitive it was not outside the bounds of law as it remarked not on Islam itself but on islamization as a civic phenomenon .

Elections

Eén NL took part in the 2006 Dutch general election, but did not get enough votes for a seat in the Tweede Kamer. Their candidates for the election were:

  1. Marco Pastors, councillor in Rotterdam for Leefbaar Rotterdam.
  2. Joost Eerdmans, member of the Dutch House of Representatives.
  3. Hikmat Mahawat Khan, business consultant and co-founder of the Contact Groep Islam.
  4. Ronald Sorensen, councillor in Rotterdam for Leefbaar Rotterdam.
  5. Secil Arda, business consultant.
  6. Sander Simons, PR adviser / former broadcast journalist.
  7. Anton van Schijndel, member of the Dutch House of Representatives.

Party Program

The party published its party program on October 9, 2006. However, media reports already provided some details in the week before. The party calls for a 4% income tax reduction across the board, will abolish almost all Dutch foreign development aid, and will return to the taxpayers the "Kok Quarter," a sales tax increase on gasoline introduced by Labour Party minster Wim Kok in 1991.

The key issues are:

  • Democratic reform:
    • elected prime-minister and mayors, although the party is not in favor of a republic
    • abolishment Eerste Kamer and reduction Tweede Kamer
  • Government:
    • reduction of number of ministries to 6 (security, environment, general affairs, finance, foreign affairs, social affairs)
    • 30% reduction in civil-servants in next 4 years, transparency appointments government officials
  • Taxation
    • reduction general income taxes 1% per year
    • abolishment gasoline tax introduced by Labour Party minster Wim Kok in 1991
    • conservation tax exemption housing loans
  • Security:
    • introduction of minimum sentencing, lay judges
    • more effective police force by reduction bureaucracy, legalization production soft drugs
  • Immigration
    • deportation illegal residents, greencard system
  • Integration
    • strict separation of church and state, no government subsidies for religious and ethnic organizations
    • ban on burkas, new immigrants are required to speak Dutch, official publications in Dutch
  • Education
    • downsizing schools, reduction management, emphasis on teaching practical skills
  • Europe:
    • Access for new Eastern-European workers to Dutch job market only when existing unemployment is resolved.

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