Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thurs 13 Jan - The Belgians Strike Back

Looking at the political stalemate in this country, one doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. Or just be thankful I'm not Belgian! I've been a little surprised that people here have been so muted in their response to this charade. At the very least, I expected to see the odd march or two.

Instead, Belgians have begun to adopt a very British approach and poke fun at it all. Deal with it through laughter. A well known Belgian actor has urged his fellow citizens to stop shaving until a new government is formed. I expect to see a lot of beards very soon then. A few demonstrations have been organised in Brussels over the next couple of weeks, promising to be light-hearted affairs. A journalist's rant posted on YouTube has become a hit over recent weeks (only in Dutch I'm afraid, although there is a version with French subtitles).

And, rather magnificently, a website has been set up, which counts down the days left until Belgian officially breaks the world record for time taken to form a new government. The current holder at 289 days, and one known for having its own problems here or there, is...Iraq!!

Vive La Belgique!

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