The most absurd thing about the performance of FVD MP Pepijn van Houwelingen in the House of Representatives was not even his threat to D66 colleague Sjoerd Sjoerdsma: “And your time will come. There will be tribunals.”
Even more absurd was the explanation he, challenged, gave after a suspension: he had not meant Sjoerdsma ‘personally’, because he, Sjoerdsma, ‘is one of the many who may qualify by that time’.
Just one of many! And then “perhaps by then,” which may still take a long time. What was this Sjoerdsma imagining – that he was a chosen martyr, a Navalny-like dissident? No, he could consider it a great honor that he was on the FVD’s arrest list.
I would have liked to have heard some more names from Van Houwelingen. I can assume that he consulted with his leader Thierry Baudet during that suspension? There are of course all the other “criminals” of D66 on that list, behind Sigrid Kaag, beloved scapegoat by the radical right. And further? The entire left-wing factions in the House of Representatives?
Fine, but that can’t be enough for Van Houwelingen. After the consultation with his leader, he must have concluded that freedom of expression is also abused by all kinds of media that are hostile to FVD.
Who to start with? Presumably, the leaders of NPO and NRC be summoned earlier than those of Ongehoord Nederland (ON) and The Telegraph. In fact, if FVD comes to power, ON will be the only broadcaster that may provide the live broadcasts of the relevant tribunal (titled: ‘The fake corona tribunal’). Only ON director Arnold Karskens gets permission to provide the commentary, the editors of news hour is also present, but in the suspect’s bench. Karskens has to promise that he will refrain from anti-Semitic expressions.
Witnesses will also be called, but only for the prosecution. Thoughts go out to Maurice de Hond as a medical expert and Geert Wilders as an impartial Member of Parliament. If Wilders is “by then” in Hungary to discuss with his friend Orbán how to proceed with the Netherlands, Martin Bosma is always willing to take over his role.
Outside the courthouse, an angry mob will gather as spontaneously as possible and will be allowed to carry only one kind of protest sign, the text of which reads: ‘Thierry Baudet is always right.’
An important question: who will be the stern prosecutor like Gideon Hausner at the Eichmann trial in 1961? That must be a prominent lawyer, also someone who is fully aware of the ideas of FVD. It may just be me, but only one name comes to mind: Theo Hiddema. He meets all functional requirements, the only question is whether he is willing to make himself available, because he is attached to his free time, which he spends peacefully with his newspaper, especially on summer evenings (The Telegraph), his beautiful cat and his cigarette (brand unknown) on the steps of his spacious canal house in Amsterdam.
We come to the all-important issue: what should happen after that tribunal? In the dungeon with all those left wing bastards? Hang up, shoot? After all, their time has come.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of November 19, 2021
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