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A new meaning for the expression “Dutch courage”

A reader sent me this story. It seems to be from mid-2011. I’ve found it on many blogs but haven’t been able to find a mainstream media report which confirms this, so I don’t know if this is fully accurate. But it sounds plausible.

The Netherlands, where 6% of the population is now Muslim (in the UK it’s just over 4% but rising fast), is scrapping multiculturalism.

The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create aparallel society within the Netherlands.

A letter accompanying a new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16 2011, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people”.

In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.

The letter continues: “A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens.”

It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants.

For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants who ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner; “It is not the government’s job to integrate  immigrants.”
The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government imposed a ban on face-covering, Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.
Holland has done that whole liberal thing and realized – maybe too late – that creating a nation of tribes will kill the nation itself.

 The future of Australia, the UK and Canada may well be read here.

Countries like Holland, Canada, the UK and Australia have  an established way of life that actually works,  so why embrace the unworkable? If immigrants do not wish to accept another culture, the answer is simple….

This gives a whole new meaning to the term; ‘Dutch Courage’ – Unfortunately Australian, UK, and Canadian politicians don’t have the … guts to do the same.

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