But as for instance the ratification of the
But 'the citizen' is getting fed up. Binnenlands Bestuur, a magazine for government workers reported today that the trust in politicians is at an all time low. Only 12% of the Dutch trust our members of parliament, putting them below football players (18%) and even car salesmen (14%).
Below is the entire list.
1. Firemen - 93%What is surprising about this list is the high score that journalists manage to achieve...
2. Airline pilots - 91%
3. Nurses and paramedics - 91%
4. Doctors - 89%
5. Pharmacists - 87%
6. Farmers - 82%
7. Teachers - 76%
8. Police - 65%
9. Judges - 56%
12. Taxi drivers - 44%
13. Lawyers - 40%
14. Travel agents - 34%
15. Journalists - 34%
16. Union leaders - 33%
17. Financial advisers - 18%
18. Football players - 18%
19. Car salesmen - 14%
20. Politicians - 12%
The important thing about the low score is that this isn't a government approval score only (our current government couldn't count on being very popular right from their dreary start). No, this score covers all politicians, coalition and opposition. Apparently we don't trust any of them father then we can throw them.
This state of affairs doesn't spell a lot of good news. Best case scenario would seem to be everybody going about their daily business, while paying as little attention as possible to the unreality based drama emanating from The Hague. Much more likely is a scenario where our small, swampy corner of the world descends into either a state of low-level anarchy or (as present tendencies would indicate) one of soft tyranny.
Of course neither state of affairs will be sustainable. It would only mean a postponement of the inevitable (bloody insurrection or civil war), with the added costs in human misery that such would cause. In general, it would seem to be fair to pause and realise: 'Houston, we have a BIG problem!'.
Yet our current crop of 'leaders' seem to be unable to adjust their 'political reality' to the day-to-day reality that the average Netherlander experiences. Just today, our intrepid PM, in an interview with Metro, excoriated Wilders' supposed lack of 'answer to "the problems" around the integration of Muslims'. Yet, when he maintains that
tough action is already being taken against rioters, sentences are being stepped up, recidivists are tackled severely. (...)the average citizen will recognize this for what it is: pretty talk, but very cheap. "This must not be happening", indeed. Yet it does, dear Jan-Peter, yet it does.
Balkenende acknowledges that Moroccan youths often misbehave. "I get far too many letters from people who dare not go on public transport and who are afraid on the street. This must not be happening."
Moreover, back in the real world our Labour minister of the Interior, Guusje ter Horst, is seriously suggesting cuts in the police budget that would reduce the number of officers on the streets, to battle the effects of the financial crisis. Thus Jan-Peter Balkenende, in the eyes of a large majority of Netherlanders, gives the impression of being just another 'empty suit', using empty promises in a vain attempt to placate an ever more sceptical electorate.
How long do they think they can keep this up before something awful happens?