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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The CDA have withdrawn some of their candidates as they refused to acknowledge the genocide. The PvdA have also withdrawn a candidate, but are keeping their number two, and have brought nuances into their statements concerning the word genocide.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


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The CDA have withdrawn some of their candidates as they refused to acknowledge the genocide. The PvdA have also withdrawn a candidate, but are keeping their number two, and have brought nuances into their statements concerning the word genocide.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


November 01, 2006

I need help

We’ve got elections coming up in the Netherlands, and there’s too much choice! I more or less narrowed it down, however, but now I can choose between a large party that’s quite likely to end up in the government, but doesn’t really match my idea(l)s, or a small party that’s struggling to even get a single seat, but would represent me best.

Would you rather vote tactically, to get the large party in the coalition, so that at least the government is somewhat doing what you want it to do (but not enough), and your preferred party dwindles somewhere in the opposition? Or would you vote idealistically, hoping that your use of democracy gives the smaller party a stronger voice, and so that you don’t feel so stupid when the government messes up?


March 29, 2006

I dreamed a dream

And in my dream all my friends and family got all their cheques together, and ended up giving me lots of money for stuff that I paid for them at some point.

Sometimes I wonder if I give more than what I'm given. But then I think of my friends and they buy me an awful lot too. But if they all give more than they get, and my wallet doesn't get any bigger, who gets all the money?

In other news, the much acclaimed gmail seems to have been infected by our lovely Groupwise malservice. Only their suggestion is to cross my fingers while they try not to lose my email that I never backed up because I trust them so much.


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