In a poll conducted by the NOS, (Public Broadcaster) in the Netherlands, Rita Verdonk. Nicknamed the Iron Rita for her uncompromising immigration policies earning when she was minister for Immigration and Integration, 2003 - Feb 2007, is the peoples choice for Politician of the Year.
She was expelled from the parliamentary faction of the VVD on September 13, 2007, but remained extremely popular with the citizenry. A month later, she cancelled her membership, after a reconciliation attempt failed, and the VVD party board tried to initiate a procedure of exclusion. She left the VVD and in October 2007 she announced the creation of a political movement, Proud of the Netherlands (Dutch: Trots op Nederland)
PVV leader Geert Wilders came in at 2nd place. This does not sit well at all with Liberal members of parliament and lefties in general. The Volkskrant (Liberal paper) has renounced the poll and refused to recognize the result. This might bode well for the right in the next election in the Netherlands. More and more citizens are beginning to realize that they are being sold out by the left, in favour of the EU and islamists.
There may just be a glimmer of hope left for old Europe.