Wow, how long have I been off? Nearly half a year I suppose. And we still don’t have a real government here in the Netherlands. And I think we won’t get
it soon, either. Nearly three months ago, on January 22nd, we had elections for the Lower House, in which the Christian CDA and the social-democratic PvdA
turned out to be the biggest parties, having respectively 44 and 42 of 150 seats in the Lower House. So, they logically needed to form a government. However,
as the CDA before the elections had already said that it much rather wanted to govern with the conservatively liberal VVD than with the PvdA, they didn’t
start off good in their attempt to form a government. The formation already seemed to have failed when the PvdA didn’t want to support the war against
Iraq politically (which I find they are right by, but the CDA is for this war). However, still the PvdA admitted somewaht to the CDA because “when he needed
to choose the leader of the PvdA was pro America.” (yeah, of course, who’s pro Saddam?)
Anyways, they started talking about other things, but now the formation has failed because of disagreements regarding the financial policy. Because the
economy ain’t going very well (relatively!) the CDA thinks we should cut down, while the PvdA doesn’t want the poorer people to be touched by that (by
which I agree indeed).
Today the persons who try to help form the government (there’s no English word for that) and the CDA and PvdA negotiators decided to end the formation.
I find it so ridiculous that they can’t get over their disagreements. A coalition needs to be formed through compromises, so why don’t the parties want
to admit somwhat?
Maybe this is the only advantage of a voting system like that’s in America (I don’t know what it is called), but I dislike the fact that then a government
only includes one party, which then nearly can do whatever it wants. Also I think it’s unfair for smaller parties, cause they can’t become bigger.
The big question now is, how should we now form a government? No-one wants new elections, so there needs to be found a new coalition. However, the CDA and
VVD don’t have the majority of seats in the Lower House. Therefore, there needs to be found a third party to govern together with them. The democrats D66
don’t want (logically, as they have only 6 seats) and the LPF (List Pim fortuyn), which now has lost 70% of its seats and has only 8 wants the CDA and
PvdA to try to still form a government. And I think the smaller christian parties (respectively 3 and 2 seats) don’t want to govern (haha, 2 seats and
then be on the government, how ridiculous, but I live in a ridiculous country, lol!). I think however that the CDA and VVD will form a government together
and the economy will only become worse because of the huge cutback and then the government will fall (as my father says), because there’ll come big protests
and strikes. I’m curious when we’ll have formed a new government and how long it will govern. By the way, the VVD first wants to know all facts about the
failed formation before trying to form a government with the CDA. (They don’t nessecarily need a third party, cause every government can govern provided
it ain’t sent away by the Lower House.) Anyways, I’ll see what happens.
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