And taking a stand against Redmond!
Belgium adopts open office doc format
I haven't had any info on this one through my many governement contacts ... guys!
I'll follow up when I find out more.
The belgian children’s parliament prime-minister, Tom De Slagmeulder, sympathizes with the extreme right party Vlaams Belang and says it’s a good idea to send foreigners back to their country. I guess he wasn’t vetted before they put him in front of the cameras or doesn’t have a spin doctor yet ...
It’s outrageous! Imagine how a 12 year old kid get’s those ideas in his head!
I never posted this before, but I guess it could be the start of the first post of the new year ...
If there is one commitment I made to myself is to do something political, something to stop the move to the right in our society.
I’ll post some ideas soon ...
All the best for the new year, let’s make it a great year.
FEEDBACK from Paul: On the left-right thing he points out it’s more of a up-down thing ... as the simplification of society and politics takes root. Or maybe 12 corespondes to the average mental age of the ... ;-) Thanks Paul!@
I think it’s hilarious, I am wondering what shocked them most, someone who actually dares to take a pro Belgian stance, against the ridiculous federalization or the fact that he directly attacked a political party, the extreme right Vlaams Belang.
So the reactions are divided in several camps, the republicans (mostly right wing, conservative Flemish nationalists) say he should keep quiet and do his 100% ceremonial job. The extreme right Vlaams Belang gets to play the victim again, how long are people going to buy this! The French speaking (walloon) politicians are applauding him for speaking out against the extreme right and Flemish separatism. The prime minister gave a statement for the government slapping him on the fingers like a bad little boy.
All the papers are following this line, only one pointed out that someone has do put the issues front and center and instead of telling off the prince they should be dealing with the real issue, the crappy federalization, and the rise of the extreme right. Belgium currently has 54 ministers divided over 6 governments and this for a country with less then 12 million people. Any decision requires an intergovernmental workgroup. But since the last election we have asymmetric governments, different coalitions in the different governments, so people come to these workgroups with different agenda’s resulting in inertia and chaos. I am not against federalization, but we have to define what responsibilities are at what level. Currently this is very ambiguous to say the least.
So here we are in an era of mistrust and the new president of the EU commision starts a powerplay with the Parliament. And now there is chaos as Baroso is forced to back down. Really, is this how they are going to restore the publics trust in politics and particularly EU issues. How can this man be our leader if he does not only want to have rightwing extremists in his team but he does not listen to the parliament and as such does not respect democracy. Even if he could have won the vote it would have send a horrible signal to everyone in Europe.
Ah the scarfs ...
I'm still trying to trace a great quote, I think it is from Marc Reynebeau, a Belgian journalist and media figure who points out that the reason politicians are so keen to ban headscarfs is that they must have some trauma's from being raised by women wearing headscarfs ... nuns ;-)
Source: BBC News