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June 03, 2009

Why bother to pretend it is democracy

Too depressing to summarize in detail: The Dutch establishment has rigged the outcome of the next "parliament" and in so doing protected itself from the electorate and - for a short spell - from history.

Our American readers will find this hard to believe, but the electoral system in the Netherlands has been devised to ensure that new or small parties will not be able to win more than 20% of the seats in the Dutch Parliament. Indeed, Dutch law forbids new parties and parties which currently hold less than 16 of the 150 seats in Parliament to put forward more than 30 candidates for parliament.

As a consequence, a significant result for Geert Wilders' Freedom Party will contribute seats to its electoral opponents and guarantee continued government by a losing party. Read the whole thing for the math.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 3, 2009 01:39 PM