February 11, 2011 11:24:56 PM CET
But apart from them being non-Dutch, why shouldn't EU citizens be able to move into expensive houses in Holland without being referred by their neighbours for a police check?
The whole reason British criminals like to hide out in the Low Country is their reliance on Dutch people's absolute indifference to their presence.
True, the smashing of the house wasn't the crime, but it was the only disturbance of the peace to take place in Holland.
The landlord and the neighbours surely can't be interested in what the Brit did before he moved to their dorp? Do they ask the makkelaar about his dodgy clients, or tell tales about the wealthy wiet grower to the police? No. Because they are Dutch.
If the cop had made a general point about the need to grass your neighbours up, fine. People will ignore him. Instead, he played to Dutch xenophobia.