Just like Americans do when they move to a more tax friendly state. Yeah, they are leaving, I agree they are moving their HQ for tax purposes. Sure much of the existing business will be there but this is now the second major corporation to bolt from them, it sets a tone for corporations and future business in their country. Two HUGE corporations have now left, that sends a huge signal to the world that it is not a very corporation friendly country.
They do take notice and it is a sting for them as they most likely thought Shell was making empty threats and didnt take it serious.
Just the Dutch angry responses tell a story that they did not expect this to happen.
Anyway, I agree with you, these public servants are not anymore intelligent then the population, have their big heads in the clouds /// thinking they have the power to control and tax anything.