November 07, 2006

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Follow-up to I need help from [TBA]

It seems like the little guy is winning.

Unfortunately, the PvdA (“socialist”, “labour”) party leader, and actually the party itself, is drowning in political correctness. Afraid to take a stance, he comes out with silly statements, hoping that the lack of a standpoint will reel in voters both sides of the fence. Current big issue – following a law passed in France – is the Armenian massacre1. No, the Dutch didn’t travel to Turkey nearly a century ago for a murder frenzy, but a great number of Turks now live in the Netherlands, a number significant enough to change the outcome of the elections.

The CDA have withdrawn some of their candidates as they refused to acknowledge the genocide. The PvdA have also withdrawn a candidate, but are keeping their number two, and have brought nuances into their statements concerning the word genocide. In the mean time, apparently, the Turks are urged to support D66, who didn’t remove their representative of Turkish descent from their list. Whether or not she approves of the term genocide is apparently beside the point.

Strategic voting is dominating Dutch politics, but I think I’ll let my conscience have another go. At least with a smaller party it means I’ve got fewer candidates to choose from!

1 Or Armenian genocide, depending on your definitions


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November 07, 2006

2 more weeks

Follow-up to I need help from [TBA]

It seems like the little guy is winning.

Unfortunately, the PvdA (“socialist”, “labour”) party leader, and actually the party itself, is drowning in political correctness. Afraid to take a stance, he comes out with silly statements, hoping that the lack of a standpoint will reel in voters both sides of the fence. Current big issue – following a law passed in France – is the Armenian massacre1. No, the Dutch didn’t travel to Turkey nearly a century ago for a murder frenzy, but a great number of Turks now live in the Netherlands, a number significant enough to change the outcome of the elections.

The CDA have withdrawn some of their candidates as they refused to acknowledge the genocide. The PvdA have also withdrawn a candidate, but are keeping their number two, and have brought nuances into their statements concerning the word genocide. In the mean time, apparently, the Turks are urged to support D66, who didn’t remove their representative of Turkish descent from their list. Whether or not she approves of the term genocide is apparently beside the point.

Strategic voting is dominating Dutch politics, but I think I’ll let my conscience have another go. At least with a smaller party it means I’ve got fewer candidates to choose from!

1 Or Armenian genocide, depending on your definitions


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