Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Dutch don't have problem with female or gay leaders
An opinion poll showed that the vast majority of Dutch people wouldn't have a problem with a female or gay prime minister. We have never had a female prime minister (and there have never been serious female candidates, which is quite strange now that I think about it). The gay candidate, Pim Fortuyn (picture), who actually had a chance to become prime minister was murdered just before the 2002 general elections. He was (very) openly gay and famously said in an interview when asked about the problems with criminal youth of Moroccan descent: "What criminal Moroccan boys? I fuck Moroccan boys". I believe it helped him a lot that he was so open about his homosexuality and his sexual adventures: people trusted him because they believed that if he was telling them everything about his sex life, all the rest would also probably be true. Anyway, according to the recent poll people would be less comfortable with a Jewish, Muslim, old or ethnic minority prime minister. Still a way to go for an all-inclusive society.