Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Yesterday I wrote:

"c.) By not objecting to the draft of the UN Global Compact from the get-go - au contraire, contributing to it during the 'Rabat Process' - the N-VA got us in this mess in the first place, and as such it now has a moral obligation to put all its weight, together with Vlaams Belang, into an investigation by Belgium's highest court into the legitimacy of Michel's 'government' signing a document which will spell doom for the country while not even representing a third of the population."

Dang. Not a day has gone by, and a Flemish nationalist has indeed gone to the Raad van State, the Supreme Administrative Court of Belgium. Only, it wasn't an N-VA bigshot. It was Vlaams Belang's Filip Dewinter, fraction leader in the Kamer (Lower House of Parliament):

Via HLN:

"The VB fraction in the Kamer [Lower House of Parliament; MFBB] just submitted an appeal to the Council of State in which it asks to suspend the government's decision to sign the UN Migrationpact. The party expects a decision already on Thursday. "The fate of the government now rests partly in the hands of the Council of State".

VB MP's Filip Dewinter, Barbara Pas and Jan Penris this morning submitted a "petition to suspend on account of utmost pressing necessity" to the Council of State in Brussels. The extreme rightwing party (sic) asks to nullify the decision of the government with regards to the UN Migration Pact in Marrakesh. The government had decided to support the pact.

According to Vlaams Belang the government has violated the principle of consensus in decision making. Moreover, the current government is a caretaker government, says Dewinter, and as such cannot ratify international accords...."

Dewinter, unstoppable and indefatigable and ready to fight as always. Of course it had to be him and not some N-VA pansy to do the obvious, namely take steps to suspend the signing of a pact by what de facto had become, per the dropping out of the N-VA ministers, a caretaker government.

And Dewinter, who thinks his move stands a good chance of success (he claims the Council of State can reach a decision as early as Thursday) had this message for N-VA:

"N-VA is fighting the wrong battle", he says. While N-VA and other parties are now navel staring and focussing on the legitimacy of Michel II, we are focussing on the UN Migration Pact. We can still stop it until DEC 19. For us it this is not about the fall of the government, but about the fall of the pact."

This is all true, but I would put it another way. N-VA is not focussing anymore on (belatedly) stopping the pact because it doesn't think it is possible. No, N-VA isn't focussing anymore on that because it judges that it has made its show. For at heart, N-VA WAS NEVER AGAINST THE PACT. As mentioned yesterday, the N-VA Minister for Immigration, Theo Francken, was in Morocco last May where he read the draft (or even contributed to it) and APPROVED of it. It was only because VB called out N-VA that the latter party made a sudden U-turn, fearing backlash in the federal elections in May. And rightly so feared, courtesy the stellar score of VB in the recent municipal elections.

N-VA calculates that it has now convinced the population that it has fought tooth and nail to stop the UN monstrosity and that this will suffice to persuade the voters next year that they'd better stay with them instead of casting their votes for VB again (both parties are fishing in the same pond).

The real fighters "tooth and nail" are the VB, who put the spotlights on the thing in the first place - with a considerable degree of success. It would have been marvellous had the government indeed fallen. In their perfidy however, MR and Open VLD, together with the Flemish 'Christian' 'Democrats', post the ouster/evacuation/dropping out of N-VA, promptly incarnated in a minority/caretaker government claiming to have just as much credibility and jetted off to Morocco, in effect giving the population (73 per cent against Marrakesh) a big fat FU finger.

How ironic is it that the country's most ardent Flemish nationalist, Filip Dewinter, is doing the right thing to save Belgium!


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