From October 2002 till October 2009, I lived and worked in London where I started this blog so my family and friends in Belgium were able to know what I was doing in London (although they didn't follow the blog).
In October 2009, I returned to Belgium (forced by circumstances) and now I live in Brussels, capital of Europe. I finally start to get used to my life back in Belgium, the country where I was born but I never really loved.
(19a) Foreign Brexiters
I completely agree
that people who live outside the country where they were born should not be
able to interfere with decisions made in the country where they no longer live
although during a short period such as a one election period (in general every
4 or 5 years) after they left they may still be able to vote as they still
understand to some extend what's going on in the country where they no longer
live. Because, as they don't live in the country they are unlikely to feel the
consequences of the outcome of an election or referendum while the citizens may
feel the result of the vote from people living elsewhere.
Local and foreign voters can be like water and fire on certain issues
Me for instance
voted during Belgian elections while I was living in London (I understood I
must vote as in Belgium papa government doesn't believe its citizens are
intelligent enough to decide whether they should vote or not and thus people
are forced to vote),even when I didn't know the candidates except a few not
their programs. And thus the chance I would vote according the general
viewpoint of the Belgians was unlikely as I didn't understand first hand how
Belgians experienced their politicians and thus it was likely I would vote
differently compared with people living in Belgium.
People who leave
their country are often more interested in other things than the politics in
their own country and thus should not be able to vote about what people want
locally. Yes, the outcome of the referendum may have been different than it is
today when foreign British may have voted but that may have been against a
(very narrow) majority of the British.
Indeed, thrown out
of the decision center of the EU whereby many seem to oppose a good deal and
even a return and this may be very frustrating for those who voted remain. And
now it seems that, when a deal may be reached between the UK and EU, the AmericanPresident seems to suggest it may hurt (future) trade deals between the UK and
US. Indeed, some of those opposed to the EU will do everything to destroy it.
PM May's plan to allow immigration based on skills and wealth was to be expected. After the two golden decades that started under PM Major and continued under PM Blair, the decline continues. Under these two PMs, people from poorer areas were stimulated to follow higher education and to achieve this major investments were done in education in general, including new schools.
Also major investments at universities resulted in collaborations with overseas universities, many foreigners (including from poorer countries) moving to the UK and top research.
Also free healthcare via the NHS whereby major investments resulted in good equipped (new) hospitals, good healthcare professionals and reduced waiting times.
Also a house for everyone was promoted and thus people could buy a property, improve it and sell it naturally more expensive to buy a larger house and repeat the above. This resulted in more expensive and now difficult to buy properties, certainly when houses and flats were sold…
Former USA President Barack Obama hit the hammer on the nail when he spoke at a Democrats fundraiser event. Democrats should stop mourning the loss of the presidential elections 2016 and start to say what they may do when in power. Analyse why then Mr and now President Donald Trump won the elections and find solutions that are better and include almost everyone in society. Otherwise, those "who are" today will be those "who were" tomorrow as the recent N.Y. democratic elections demonstrated when the main candidate lost from an inexperienced "socialist" Democrat. Still, whatever solution, some people will have none of them except the most extreme.
Therefore, politicians should stop to listen to and talk with almost exclusively only (multi)millionaires and billionaires to hear their solutions, i.e. more tax reductions for the rich to stimulate the economy and more penalties for those who don't work, including seriously ill people. Those wealthy have eve…
As usual in May, Belgium Pride took place in Brussels. Indeed, as you notice, in Brussels Pride is early, but again, just like last year we were lucky with the weather: sunny although a little cold (but then, what do you expect in Belgium in early May?). Pride was quite fun. I met up with Kurt and Jethro and we had a nice day. I wore something different from what I normally wear: a pink shirt with green bow tie. It suited me although I say it myself but otherwise I would have worn it.
Of course, there were many people, and some of them were interesting: either in drag, with strange clothes or bare chest. Unfortunately, most were in ordinary clothes: t-shirt and jeans, not worth taking pictures off. I show a small selection of the people. Excuse me the strange way of placing the photo's but I mostly can't place them in the position I would prefer them to be. I was lucky to be able to dance with a few of these people. I also spoke with two guys having fun, one from Israel, the o…