Tilburg International Club

Home » Activities » Dutch Elections: Why Nexit didn’t happen

Dutch Elections: Why Nexit didn’t happen

OUR MISSION

tíc is a non-profit association that provides social and educational activities for internationals living in and around Tilburg. Read more About tíc.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

elections-1by Sondra Grace

On March 8th , shortly before the Dutch were due to go to the polls, Hein van Oorschot, formerly the
Mayor of Delft, gave an excellent TIC Talk on the Dutch electoral process. Today, the day following
Theresa May’s comeuppance, here’s what I remember: The main law making body, the House of
Representatives, is the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber). Representatives are not elected to it by
gerrymandered district like in GB and the US, but instead nationwide and at large. You choose a
candidate from a tiny-tiny- print list, although in fact, your vote will go to the political party of which the candidate is a member – except in the case of Wilders as he is the sole member of the Party for Freedom (pretty name, not so pretty party). All the votes for every qualifying candidate are tallied. This total is divided by 150, the number of seats in the chamber, with each party receiving its proportionate share. The parties send the representatives from their list in the order they appear on the Ballot. (There are
complex rules to determine who gets leftover votes — there being no partial seat.)

electionsUnlike the British first-past- the-post system and the American Electoral College one, both of which are virtual road blocks to smaller political parties, the Dutch proportional system encourages a proliferation of parties. Last March there were 28 of them on the ballot, including ‘50 PLUS’ that looks after the interests of pensioners, and ‘D66’ founded by a group of young intellectuals. (Much to my chagrin there is no party for pensioned intellectuals.) With such an extensive menu of parties to choose from, it is almost impossible for any one party to get a majority sufficient for passing laws by itself, so the parties have to negotiate with one another to form a coalition. The bargaining typically proceeds at a leisurely pace—talks are still going on now, three months after the election. Winner-take- all systems lead to things like Brexit, but the need to form a coalition and to then to keep it intact by getting along with the other partners means that in the Netherlands extreme parties are usually frozen out. The chances of Nexit were probably about the same as in this age of global warming there ever being another Elf-Steden Tocht ice skating race, that is, when Hell freezes over.


1 Comment

  1. […] our visit to a cheese farm, a chocolate making workshop, a ballet performance and a lecture on the Dutch Parliamentary election, to name a few. Next year will mark TIC’s 10th Anniversary and we have already started planning […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Upcoming Events

  • Book Club: Slaughterhouse 5 4 September 2019
  • tíc Welcomes You to Tilburg! 7 September 2019

See our latest on Instagram!

Thinking about plans for the upcoming days? Apart from the #kermis that it's almost here, there are plenty of beautiful places near Tilburg where you could enjoy a lovely day! #Repost @visitbrabant (@get_repost) ・・・ Don't forget to look up 🔝😮 When you are in our capital city 's-Hertogenbosch you have to visit the beautiful Saint John’s Cathedral ⛪️ Photo by: @marielle_knops #visitbrabant #brabant #dutch #netherlands #northbrabant #holland #brabantisopen #instagood #noordbrabant #onsbrabant #beautifuldestinations #photography #instatravel #denbosch #instadenbosch #sintjan #church #shertogenbosch #bezoekdenbosch #beautiful
More details soon... 😌 #tilburginternationalclub #welcometotilburg #tilburg #tic
Summer vibes are here! We hope you enjoyed our annual #ticnic as much as we did and like our President Yolonda said, the board is here for you! Suggestions? Something to add? Don't hesitate and contact us! We wish you a lovely summer and please know that we will stay here with our social media ON! So stay checking because new things might come ;) #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #summervibes #tilburg
#nachtvandevluchteling #tbt With just 6 walkers #tic managed to raise 950 euros from 37 different donors! 💪 Thank you all for your support, it was not only those who walked to represent the #tilburginternationalclub but also all those who could not attend and supported by donating money, spreading the word and giving the walkers the strength they needed. Remember that these were only 20 kms, some people need to walk longer distances to protect their families. #throwbackthursday #peace 🕊️

News Archives

%d bloggers like this: