Mark Rutte (VVD) will be the new dutch Prime Minister. At least for a little while before this government falls. Now I disagree with him on many many things, not the least of which is his cooperation with Geert Wilders to create a right-wing government that will probably take the Netherlands back to the fucking stone-ages when it comes to compassion, solidarity, privacy and civil rights while going all-out on fear and repression. But I have to say that watching him speak at a press conference yesterday was a relief in one sense. We, finally, after 8 years of Jan Peter Balkenende, will again have a Prime Minister that has the gift of language. One that can speak whole sentences. It’s right-wing drivel alright, but at least it will be something that either resembles an answer or a refusal to answer. I think from now on, large political parties must be obliged to have at least one person on staff with the rudimentary social skills that make it seem like he or she has been around other people in the past decade. At this point, I wouldn’t even be surprised if our new PM spoke english.
Please note that I probably won’t ever vote for him just because he can speak whole sentences, and I’m not saying you should either. But I had to share this sense of relief. We finally have a Prime Minister that I can just vehemently disagree with instead of feeling ashamed that I come from the same country.