Small fry 24/3

A wrap-up of this week. None of these points are terribly important, but they show that Dutch politics are returning to their stable, somewhat boring, default status after the highs of internationally-covered elections.

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1 Posted by Richard Gadsden on 24 March 2017 | Permalink

I find it very odd that 1998 is the furthest-back that MPs go.

Here in the UK, the longest-standing MPs were elected in 1970, though the last of that intake have all announced their retirement at the next election. There are eight from the 1970s - and over a hundred that predate 1997.

2 Posted by Peter-Paul Koch on 25 March 2017 | Permalink

Back in the early naughts it was fashion for all political parties to "renew" their members of parliament; making sure that the same people weren't sitting for decades.

This was likely a mistake, since it means a lot of legislative memory is being wiped away at each election, but it's still more or less fashion. This time 58 entirely new MPs were elected.

Besides, I think part of the explanation is that in the UK both Labour and Tories can pretty much count on 100 (150?) seats. Here, parties cannot count on more than 10-15 seats at best.

If your party loses more than half of its seats, and thus forces you out, it's unlikely you're going to stand again next time, when your party doubles its amount of seats again.