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Dutch politics

Elections surface in the swamp. Only the cloggies can vote. People who wish to keep their original nationality and live here due to work or relationship with a Dutch partner have no right to vote in national elections. Most Dutch think this is perfectly 'normal' and are completely ignorant of the fact that Dutch people CAN vote in Britain or Ireland. When I inform Irish or British friends of this, they are genuinely amazed that a European country can even be allowed to flaunt such blatant discrimination.

The government has been busy pushing forward a non-dual citizen policy. Meaning, I can't be both Irish and Dutch. Realizing that the regulation would also effect Dutch people who live abroad, they're hastily pushing forward legislation that says if you are Dutch you CAN have dual-citizenship, but if you're a foreign national living in Holland you must choose to be one or the other. Confused. Don't be, its simple, the Dutch don't like foreigners so if every…

Where now?

I've been busy of late cleaning up my web presence. For my work I help people with their websites, so unfortunately my own web stuff gets neglected. I began this blog to improve my writing, learn more about blogging, show some photography, and communicate with people internationally. Overtime, it became somewhat fragmented.

Perhaps most beneficial, was that it served as therapy, scribbling down my anxieties as an Irishman living amongst Dutch Calvinists. Looking back in black and white helped. So where now? I have a website for my work which includes a blog, I have a youtube channel dedicated to my passion for pipe smoking, and I think I should leave it that way. Like my Dutch brothers, I will segregate and compartmentalize more.

So where does DubintheDam take us now? The title clearly states, "A Dublinman in Amsterdam". That is the narrative. The language of that story has often been too angry, but Dutch society still continues a slippery slide too far right xenophobi…