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Civic duty

Phew! Made it to the polling station with minutes to spare, as once again I'd almost forgotten that it was time to vote. Not Parliament, this time, but Provincial States (and indirectly, Senate, as the PS elect the members for what we call the Eerste Kamer or 'First Chamber' which more or less equates to a Senate in other countries). Be interesting to see what the turn-out will have been and whether the opposition parties will have won the day; in which case the detested liberal minority coalition government (detested because it has to rely on Geert Wilder's party's support in Parliament to stay in power) will soon not be able to get its legislation (cuts, cuts, more cuts, changes to employment law and xenophobic measures) through.

Very nearly managed to get myself killed this afternoon, when -after a remark from my driving instructor that he needed to see me looking- in casting a look over my shoulder I accidentally turned the wheel in that direction, too. Note to self: practise moving head and shoulders independently from arms and hands.


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Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
I accidentally turned the wheel in that direction, too.

Yes. I know this error.

I'm glad you survived.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
So am I.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay! I still hear the voice of my driving instructor sometimes, particularly when getting onto the interstate. I would forget to look over my shoulder, and Mr. Baum would say, "Pretend there's a dynamite truck coming! Do you want to run into a dynamite truck?"
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Graphic! And, I daresay, effective.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
I always just use my mirrors. But I do move my head forward so I can see the whole blind spot when I do it. *shrug* My neck is far too painful to turn my head every time I change lanes/merge.

Politics disgusts me at the moment. I lament the day the media turned our statesmen into clowns with lowest common denominator policies. And the ones that do stand up for what's right despite their electorate or what others are saying - they are getting DEATH THREATS in this country.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
For the last decade, elections have made me feel ashamed to be Dutch. In the 80s, 2 comedians launched de Tegenpartij (roughly translated, Party Against Everything), with its slogan 'Geen gezeik, iedereen rijk!' (or 'don't take the piss, everyone rich!) and a programme that called for the internment of people from the Spice Islands; but disbanded the party the moment the polls suggested it would win the elections by a landslide. They'd only entered as a joke; but over the last decade, numerous parties with similarly idiotic programmes, shifting the blame for the increase in violence and the downturn in the economic situation on foreign immigration (more specifically, islamic immigration), or specifically aimed at babyboomers to make sure that the cuts that everyone agrees are necessary don't affect them ('hands off our state pensions and tax exemptions, let the younger generations pay double for everything') have come to the fore and without fail, have managed to win large majorities, getting into Parliament and being given government responsibility. Most of them then soon fold under the pressure and the in-fighting; or have to slink off under a cloud because half their MPs, on closer inspection, appear to have a wrapsheet or to have lied on their cv...It's disgraceful.

Edited at 2011-03-03 07:38 am (UTC)
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