Good morning Humans, it’s me again.
Again my favourite human had a look at the statistics of MY weekly ranting. Last week I complained a bit about politics, talked less about human-feline interactions. And there were more interactions. Will this mean that my beloved readers are more interested in reading my ranting about politics ? If so, we may be able to deliver, I guess.
You want politics, here we go.
Something Belgian ? Completely against democracy ? But apparently LEGAL.
The story is quite old and ongoing. The surroundings of Bruxelles are in general part of the Dutch speaking authorities. Which doesn’t mean that the citizens are not mainly French speaking.
And it happened. Elections to decide a new mayor of Linkebeek. The French speaking candidate had the audacity to send his leaflets in French to French-speaking citizens of Linkebeek. You may say this is quite a friendly act. And you are right. But and this is a major but. Anything related to language diversity in Belgium is highly dangerous. So the law says the leaflets HAVE TO be in both languages. Result: the action of this candidate was kind of against the law. Friendly, but against the law. The regional government, extreme Dutch, does in no case accept the outcome of the election. Ah, forgot to tell you. Election, citizens in majority French-speaking; Winner ? The candidate who send his leaflets in French. And to put that right. He sent his leaflets in French ONLY to French-speaking citizens. The Dutch minority got them in two languages (French and Dutch). Re-election. He won again. Regional government does in no case accept THIS candidate. Re-election. I’ m sure you can guess the outcome. But the regional government APPOINTS the guy who came second in the election (Dutch speaking) as major.
This guy has no majority in the town council. Promises to step down if he won’t be supported by the French-speaking majority. No support—he steps down.
New election, result ? French speaking candidate (the same) wins.
Regional government REFUSES to appoint him as mayor (although leaflets were in both languages). This morning the minister of the interior for the Dutch speaking region claimed. In NO WAY this guy will be appointed mayor during the actual election period (until the 31st December 2018).
So what will an outsider think about this comedy ?
First, there are 3 (three) official languages in Belgium. You never hear a complaint by the German speaking part, never ever. If there are complaints it’s French versus Dutch and vice versa.
Second: Does democracy exist in Belgium ? Kind of: IF you avoid anything language related.
Third: Does this cost a shitload of money? You bet. Does anyone involved give a rats ass ? Nope, if it has to be in two languages, it has to be. Even if it doesn’t make the slightest sense.
Four. Has this anything to do with democracy in the pure meaning of the word ? Stop dreaming. We’re talking about principles here. Not about democracy.
Five. Will this comedy stop ? 31st December 2018 and NOT BEFORE
You prefer reading this ? And not something nice about cats ? If you wish so I’ll do so.
But cats are important so here’s a nice cat pic. Taken by the female human and yes, she has some talent.
See you next week