Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Irony

About half of the names of the members of the new British cabinet, I 'know' more or - mostly - less. Let's wait and see, I wish them good luck. At least building a government did not take very long, less than a week ( and it could have taken much less ). What I find ironic is:
  • In discussions about changing the British voting system, Israel and the Netherlands are often named as (positive) examples of countries with proportional representation, while in recent years building working and lasting coalitions in those countries has been quite a problem. Many Israelis and Dutchmen complain about the instability of their political system, and name Britain as an example of a country with political stability.
  • The only substantial feat that Sky News mentions about David Cameron's Home Secretary, Theresa May, is that "she has worked very hard at bringing more women into politics". If that really has been her main focus since she became an MP, I seriously hope that she will be more successful in her new job than she has been for the last decade or so, given the fact that she is the only female member of the new cabinet. (PS: I was mistaken, there are four women in the cabinet, out of almost thirty cabinet members. Just for comparison, the last Dutch cabinet - there will be elections in four weeks - counted eleven women, out of 26 cabinet members ).

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