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I see that Halbe Zijlstra has resigned. A politician resigning for telling lies. Is that unique to Holland?

We have politicians in the UK who lie all the time. The Brexit campaigners were successful through a campaign of lies. They stirred up emotions in the public by telling half truths and blatant lies. Unfortunately, the people of the UK believed them and voted to leave the EU. Well 27% of those eligible to vote did so in an advisory referendum. It was never meant to come to this. Another lie perpetrated by politicians’.

If UK politicians had to resign after lying, there would be a blood bath. They would be wiped out almost overnight. Lying has become the new politik. That and Fake News are filling our media. We can no longer tell what is truth and what is fact. That Halbe Zijlstra has the decency to go says a lot about him as a person. He may have lied, but he has the dignity to go and not let the issue drag out.

How does this pan out in the wider world? We have Trump telling lies all the time. We have his representative in Holland, Pete Hoekstra, lying about events in Holland. What we did see is the Dutch media call him out on this and show him to be what we all knew he was, a liar. But did Hoekstra, have the fortitude to resign? No, like master, like servant, he mirrors his boss and stays in post, discredited and lacking any moral authority to be in post.

Is the Dutch way the right way? To resign with dignity? Or did he go before he was pushed? Was it only because he was found out? Did he leave because he was a disruptive influence in Russo-Dutch relations or is there more to it than that?

I’d like to think it was because Halbe Zijlstra knew it was the right thing to do. He had been caught out so fell on his sword. An example from Holland to UK politicians who now see lying as a valid political programme. What have we become in the UK?

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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