Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday 17 December

Grey, wet and miserable sums up today in a nutshell. The temperature rose to 10C / 50F, and tomorrow will see even higher values on the thermometer. Unfortunately, 14C / 57F usually means more of the same dank, dreich weather. I spent some time gathering information for a new project that I hope to launch in the New Year. It is a major undertaking, requiring a lot of preparation. Fortunately, I have the time for that. No guarantee I'll be able to actually carry it out, but it's something to work towards.

Here in the Netherlands, there is a crisis in the coalition government. The Liberal Party (VVD) and the Labour Party (PvdA) are in government, supported by a few other minor parties who do not have posts in government. Unfortunately, a major revision of the health service (mostly privatised) was torpedoed in the Upper House of Parliament - by three senators of the ruling Labour Party, flying directly in the face of a deal, struck between Labour and Liberal Parties when the government was formed, a few years back. Oh dear, dear, dear. In the UK, there is also a coalition government, but that is highly unusual. In the Netherlands, it has never been anything but coalitions.

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