On Politics, Language and Manners

The Hague,  known internationally as the city of peace and justice is also the seat of the Dutch government and parliament. Queen Beatrix, the official head of state resides and works in this city. It is home to over 130 international organisations and some 115 foreign embassies.

It is no wonder that with such density of  political and diplomatic activity and the accompanying protocol The Hague has acquired a reputation for its formal ways and manners, be it in the language, style or dress.

However following an altercation between Geert Wilders, the leader of the PVV party and the Prime Minister last week during a parliamentary debate this reputation has been seriously tainted.


The choice of words, the delivery and the body language were more befitting aspiring reality stars than chosen political representatives.

So what? Nothing major you’d say.

In Russian Duma, for example, when tempers flare fist fights ensue. Or take Ukranian parliament. It holds the record of staging the biggest parliamentary fist fight ever.

Yes, indeed politicians are nothing but human; they reflect qualities of their electorate. And if politics today has become a televised reality show isn’t it what the electorate wants?

An orderly routine discussion will neither create buzz  nor score high ratings.

But when the Prime Minister and a leader of a party engage in a heated argument using street language, the Twittersphere starts buzzing.

At a time when reality stars have come to the fore to fill the void left by the departure of real Heroes, visionary Leaders and Icons worth following we are left with politicians that behave and talk like reality stars.

Time for elimination challenge?