As some of you know I am from The Netherlands and we have elections the 9th of June.
Since I never seen a thread about Dutch politics it is about time I introduce ATS to it.
A bit of history from Wiki, saves me the typing since I can validate it's correctness.
Due to the multi-party system, no single party has ever held a majority in parliament since the 19th century, and coalition cabinets had to be
formed. Since suffrage became universal in 1919, the Dutch political system has been dominated by three families of political parties: the strongest
family were the Christian democrats, currently represented by the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), second were the social democrats, of which the
Labour Party (PvdA) is currently the largest party, and third were the liberals, of which the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) is the
These parties cooperated in coalition cabinets in which the Christian democrats had always been a partner: so either a centre left coalition of the
Christian democrats and social democrats was ruling or a centre right coalition of Christian democrats and liberals. In the 1970s, the party system
became more volatile: the Christian democratic parties lost seats, while new parties became successful, such as the radical democrat and progressive
In the 1994 election, the CDA lost its dominant position. A "purple" cabinet was formed by VVD, D66, and PvdA. In the 2002 elections, this cabinet
lost its majority, due to the rise of the LPF, a new political party around the flamboyant populist Pim Fortuyn, who was assassinated a week before
the elections. The elections also saw increased support for the CDA. A short lived cabinet was formed by CDA, VVD, and LPF, which was led by the CDA
leader democrats, Jan Peter Balkenende. After the 2003 elections in which the LPF lost almost all its seats, a cabinet was formed by CDA, VVD, and
D66. The cabinet initiated an ambitious program of reforming the welfare state, the health care system, and the immigration policies.
In June 2006, the cabinet fell after D66 voted in favour of a motion of no confidence against minister of immigration and integration Rita Verdonk in
the aftermath of the upheaval about the asylum procedure of VVD MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali instigated by the Dutch immigration minister Verdonk. A care taker
cabinet was formed by CDA and VVD, and the general elections were held on 22 November 2006. In these elections, the Christian Democratic Appeal
remained the largest party and the Socialist Party made the largest gains. The formation of a new cabinet started two days after the elections.
Initial investigations towards a CDA-SP-PvdA coalition failed, after which a coalition of CDA, PvdA, and ChristianUnion was formed.
On 20 February 2010, the cabinet fell as the PvdA refused to prolong the involvement of the Dutch Army in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. New general
elections will be held 9 June 2010.
So the current biggest Political parties here are CDA, PVDA and CritianUnion and the leading political block is Christian, than we get parties like
the Socialistic Party, Proud On Netherlands, VVD, D66, party for the Animals, Green Left, SGP and a more popular left party from Geert Wilders the
Party for freedom.
After the current cabinet fell they decided to lend Greece 4.8 billion in 3 years time, money we probably will never see back.
Also there were bailouts for example for the ABN Amro bank, they got 30 billion euro's and we probably won't ever see those again too, the financial
minister responsible Wouter Bos got his pockets filled and won't be involved in next cabinet.
That means over 3000 euro for every tax paying Dutch down the drain.
Because of the financial crisis all of the major political parties want to do more budget cutting, except for themselves ofcourse.
The small parties have no real standpoints I can agree on, we have even a political party for the animals.
There is no one in the 11 political parties that really deserves my vote, even the socialistic parties have become something I don't believe in
The left is too left and the right is too right, we have a Prime Minister that is running for a third term.
Everyone can join the discussion of course, but for all my fellow Dutch ATS people, what are your thoughts on this election?
I don't have a clue who to vote for.
[edit on 1-6-2010 by Grey Magic]