Polling Day

It’s polling day here in the Netherlands. It’s our chance to exercise our democratic right to choose the members of the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber), and, indirectly, the makeup of the next Dutch Government. With twenty political parties to choose from, the next government will almost certainly be a coalition, as usual.

There’s a chance that we might see a swing to the left, but it seems that it will be a close run thing.

At least I should get some respite from the last few weeks of a constant barrage of web ads urging me to vote for the VVD. Their crude slogans – Meer straf en minder begrijp voor criminelen (more punishment and less understanding for criminals) – have merely confirmed me in my belief that I am doing the right thing by voting for the PVdA.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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One Response to Polling Day

  1. Matt Healy says:

    Meanwhile, as you are probably aware we have a campaign going on in the USA. Very negative campaign on both sides, unfortunately. Since I live in what is called a Blue State (one that always gets colored blue meaning the Democratic Party) in the maps on TV, there has been very little advertising from either Presidential campaign here. But in Connecticut we are seeing MANY advertisements for the multimillionaire professional wrestling executive who is the Republican candidate for our open Senate seat. Her Democratic opponent has a long and distinguished history in state and national politics so would normally be the overwhelming favorite. But the wrestling executive has so much more money to spend on advertising that the outcome in this election is very uncertain. Last time she failed to buy herself a Senate seat with her millions, but she may pull it off this time.

    This in a rather ugly election year.

    I have voted for every Democratic candidate for President since Carter myself; my wife and I certainly plan to vote for Obama again this time.

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