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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 body becomes Dutch the problem is solved. If you're already Dutch you are part of a superior nation, so you can be whatever you like.

For me the most important thing about politics is that the individual has a right to vote. What or who you vote for is secondary, almost insignificant. If I could, I'd vote Green Party or The Animal Party, a fringe party that suggests you're better off voting for animals as they have no say. Perhaps there should also be a Foreigners Party? Of course a Foreign Animal Party would just be ridiculous!

I post a link to the most definitive site I've found in English on Dutch politics and political history. If you're an expat living here you should give it a read. Then you will be able to tell all your Dutch friends why they're talking complete drivel because you actually know something about their politics and your insight is based on something other than the propaganda spouted daily in the national media.


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