Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Elections +366 (or Plan 9 From Brussels)

Lacking any original insight to comment on the perpetual government negotiations, I wrote this.

Yesterday was exactly one year after the general election here in Belgium. There is no indication that this country will have a new government in the foreseeable future. You can almost hear the chirping of crickets in the night.

One thing is certain: Belgian politicians have patience. A lot of it. And they're not very afraid of having to hold new elections.

They should keep in mind, though, that the future is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. They better remember that future events will affect all of us. In the future.

Will the Belgian people show the same patience as their politicians, or will they rise up, this time taking more drastic measures than growing their beards?

I doubt it. Have a lovely evening.


  1. No occupied market squares like here in Barcelona yet? The Placa Catalunya is now occupied already 3 weeks and the number of tents and political banners is still growing. (not that that will help a lot, but it still looks better than growing a beard)

    I do agree with the King that new elections are pointless. The Flemish will just vote more massively for N-VA, the Walloons will vote more massively for PS, and in the end the same parties will have to negotiate again. That makes no sense, then they can just as well continue negotiating without new elections.

    Just remove NVA from the negotiations and a new government will be formed in a short time. Negotiating with a party whose only goal is to break the country, is counterproductive.

    PS: Elio for prime minister please.

  2. Sounds like we need some Spanish radicals up here to teach Belgians how to properly protest!

    I agree that things would be easier without the NV-A, but what then about the majority who voted for them? Who will be speaking for them?

  3. I realise the majority of people will disagree with me (the fate of far left people ?) but in my opinion a good politician is a politician who knows when to listen to the people, but also when to ignore them. NVA is the type of party who gain success with populism, but who are destructive for the unity of the country. Given that knowledge, I would say it is justified to form a government without them despite the number of votes.

    Besides, if let's say 27% or so voted NVA, this means a 70%-or-so did NOT vote for them. It's not like they got the absolute majority. If they then make a coalition-forming impossible, then it is purely democratic that other parties form a coalition that reaches above the 50% of votes together. I am not a big fan of democracy in its current form, but if three other parties with less votes than NVA together have over 50% of the votes then their coalition gaining power is also a part of the current democratic system.

    Fact remains that NVA's target is a sovereign Flemish state, to take such party on board to assure a stable future for BELGIUM is counterproductive.

  4. After this week, after the Geert Wilders trial, and after the Dutch parliament approved stronger immigration laws that are downward scary ("a community should punish those whose attitude or dress limits their chances of being employed" - that is scary.... do they want to burn all individuality and go back to the thirties with nationwide dress codes and punishments for those who criticise certain aspects of how society functions ?? This is scary) ...

    well, let's just say, (never thought I'd be writing this) I feel quite proud of Belgian justice. As much as I dislike the conservative element in society and the massively voting for right-wing parties, I am quite pleased to see the Belgian laws being quite progressive and tolerant, and to see that far right parties are barred from enforcing their proposals. I always had the feeling Holland was a much more tolerant and open society, but the recent evolutions show that --at least in legal terms-- Belgium is becoming a lot more proressive and tolerant while the Dutch take a step back in time (again, talking in legal terms)

    Belgium is far from the state I'd love it to be when it comes to justice and politics , but I really begin to feel that we're not that bad compared to some nearby countries such as France, Holland and to lesser extent Switzerland.

  5. Thanks for the input, it's always welcome :)