Re: Why the EU call us Treasure Island
Originally Posted by Solasch
Similar comments have been made before, so I have visited other subjects. Jokes for blokes has some funny participants. But those subjects that I am interested in, science, environment, medicine, health, are determined by facts and not opinions. But more than that, the practical personal side of these subjects is often fundamentally different in the netherlands. A simple example of this, we have insurance based health care which makes situations incomparable. When I read the items on having to identify yourself when voting, I remember even my parents taking their passports when they went voting. We have a law that everybody must carry some kind of identification when outdoors. But not even the police may ask for your identification, unless there is a serious cause.
So my domestic situation is very different from yours. Being a rather shy person by nature (sometimes you can't tell from my posts), I doubted that in the midst of a discussion you would be interested about the differing situation in the netherlands.
So, in a pub we may have much to discuss in a one-on-one situation, but I doubt my opinion would be appreciated in other forum subjects.
That is where the problem lies.
I like the Netherlands and their Political Systems and way of life.
It is however so very, very, different to the system here in the UK.
You are looked after by your Politicians, we are not.
We have a Political Elite so totally removed from reality on both sides.
You have rational, intelligent Politicians who are focused on doing what is best for you as Country, we do not.
You have legalised soft drugs, prostitution and regulated them.
A very pragmatic view.
You have legalised ordinary Pornography.
You have a far more liberal society than we do.
You have however drawn lines on what is acceptable and what is not.
You have ID, we do not.
Your Enforcement Officers have far more powers than here in the UK.
They know how to use them and are backed by your Politicians, unlike the UK.
They let the little things go, Cannabis, prostitution, porn.
The serious stuff, Hard Drugs, child sex abuse, people trafficking is a big no no.
You have religious freedom, heavily protected.
Radical Mosques and Imams you deal with ruthlessly, I really envy you.
You keep your noses out of things that do not concern you, have no pretensions of World Influence and are not a lacky of anyone.
I am absolutely committed to leaving the System , leaving the EU and taking a back stage in World Politics and concentrating on looking after ourselves and making life better for the ordinary person.
We are no longer a World Power, we have 2 Aircraft Carriers, with a few planes and an air of delusion.
We do not even have an Anti Missile System to protect us from incoming.
You are one of the most liberal Countries in the World, but your Enforcement Officers have the full backing of Government and the Public.
They are absolutely ruthless and have free rein to do things we could not even contemplate here.
We have a lot to learn.