Dutch education debate: “It’s Mr Jansen to you”

 The Dutch government appears to be in a state of confusion. As a result, its finger-lickingly liberal image has been slightly dented. Christian Democrat Education Minister Marja van Bijleveldt has told parents they take on too much. She compared their behaviour to filling their plates with a luxury breakfast – they want to have it all. A … Continue reading Dutch education debate: “It’s Mr Jansen to you”

Tolerant Holland

When I came to the Netherlands over 20 years ago I would have described it as a tolerant society. Amsterdam claimed to be the world’s gay capital. The sale of cannabis in coffee shops was tolerated and the authorities just ignored the fact that the rest of the trade was illegal. Squatters enjoyed rights not … Continue reading Tolerant Holland