Monday, May 30, 2005

Next up – Holland

How will the Dutch vote? Looks like a 'No' right now, but over the weekend Prime Minister Balkenende apparently said that if the Dutch people vote 'No' it would make him look like a fool (heard this on Newstalk just now). Is this one of those cultural things? Will this change minds? I can just imagine the reaction in this country if Bertie Ahern made a similar statement. It would be a 90% 'No' vote.

Regardless, there is some talk that the Dutch people will not bother voting at all now that the French have voted 'No'. The Dutch referendum is "non-binding", but all the Dutch political parties have agreed to abide by the result provided the turnout is at least 30%.