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Voting reflection

At a reception last night I bumped into a former colleague who I hadn't seen for a while. We compared notes on the recent election, and discovered that for slightly different reasons we had voted the same way. I was tickled by the idea of my friend, who is one of the least socialist people I know, voting for the far left PVDA+, in his case out of disgust at the raving nationalism of the other parties. We spotted the former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies on the far side of the room; I dissuaded my friend from going over to ask him why his son, now the leader of the right-wing Liberals, is such an idiot. (It's a fair question, but the father is probably not the person to ask.)


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Jul. 16th, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
the far left PVDA+

For a moment I thought you'd had a massive brain fart there, and then I realised you were talking about Belgium rather than the Netherlands.
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
AOL and thanks for this comment, or I would've embarassed myself.
Jul. 16th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
I thought that disgust at raving nationalism was part of your choice too?
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Slightly different reasons. For me it was the burqa issue which is essentially about criminalising foreigners. For my friend it was the refusal of the parties to discuss the future of Belgium sensibly.
Jul. 16th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Hello! I have nothing to say about this post, unfortunately, but I recently wrote something about Scottish Independence and EU accession, and elmyra pointed me at you as an expert on secessionist regions and EU politics. I'd be very grateful if you could give me your thoughts on the matter.
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