Friday, January 30, 2009

Don't miss your chance to lecture Dutch freebooters!

Last(?)sign of "Dutch" life: on Manhattan, somewhere south of Harlem (GOV):
Bloomberg supports Wilders

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York yesterday came to the aid of PVV leader Geert Wilders by making a strong stand for freedom of expression.

In the presence of State Secretary Frans Timmermans [PvdA, Socialist, Labour], the Dutch ambassador to the U.S. Renée Jones-Bos and Mayor Cohen of Amsterdam [PvdA, Socialist, Labour], Bloomberg said he was absolutely against any form of restriction on freedom of expression.

“Of course I do not appreciate everything I hear. But when you start restricting that, you step on a slippery slope. Before you know it, you can no longer say what you want,” Bloomberg said at the kickoff of NY400, a year of celebrations in which a central theme is the arrival of the ship “Halve Maen” (Half Moon, of the Dutch East India Company) with the explorer Henry Hudson, who founded a settlement on Manhattan.

1 comment:

Dag said...

Things do change! The Bowery used to be a farm. Filibusters used to be those who went into action rather than people who talk too much. New Amsterdam used to be notorious for the hygiene practices amongst Dutch girls. Some change is great.

Yes, even the Dutch can change.