“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” ― Abraham Lincoln However, politicians do have a habit of omitting, framing, burying and twisting the truth. Many would say politicians are notorious for lying. … Continue reading Commissie stiekem – Much ado about nothing
The death of an Aruban tourist Mitch Henriquez during his arrest by police after he attended a Night in the Park festival in The Hague’s Zuiderpark at the end of June led to several nights of rioting in the city. If it had not been for social media and films made by eye-witnesses on their mobile … Continue reading Is political intolerance feeding police discrimination?
The coalition partners VVD and Labour had agreed to disagree when Labour leader Diederik Samsom told a party conference recently his party would be leaning as far as it could to the left. At the same time, recent comments by VVD parliamentary leader Halbe Zijlstra showed the Dutch liberals are leaning as far as possible to … Continue reading Coalition partners lean so far they almost tipped the balance
It’s been a changing of the guard for the VVD since the provincial election. Firstly the new Minister of Justice Ard van de Steur and his State Secretary Klaas Dijkhof were installed. They were reportedly not the first choice as apparently a number of candidates turned down the honour. Was it because they did not … Continue reading Has the VVD lost its way: who’s in and who’s out of the Dutch liberal party
It’s not good timing for an expenses scandal just weeks before the provincial elections for the VVD. The VVD-Labour government already has to forge alliances with the opposition to get legislation through the Senate. Now it looks like the government parties will end up with an even smaller minority, as the upcoming provincial elections indirectly determine the political make-up of the Senate. If that happens, Rutte II could become a lame duck sitting out the second half of its term. Continue reading Lies and scandals add to the public disinterest in the upcoming provincial elections
Becoming Dutch has one big advantage. After 24 years without sufferage, on 12 September I get to vote in the national elections. I have to admit to a personal interest here – as my husband is on the electoral list for the Green Left. Unelectable at number 13, but all the same on the list. The election campaigns … Continue reading Mutiny as Dutch election campaigns begin
I found it somewhat unsettling a few weeks ago, to read in an interview with Freedom Party deputy Fleur Agema that the party selected its people on a desire to get rid of the elite. Which elite was the young architect referring to. The intellectual elite that she belongs to or the rich elite which are … Continue reading Getting rid of the elite – where have I heard that before?