The premise

The premise of this blog is that parliamentary democracy would be better off when the ministers in our government do not come from the political parties of the ruling coalition, but are qualified experts installed by the plenary, entire parliament. Not by some election, but based upon a job profile parliament members agree upon. A profile which is unlikely to require a certain political party affiliation. The same applies for eldermen on the local level. This gives more power to parliament. Parliament can then focus on the big picture and being representative instead of details and making or breaking the coalition. Most citizens are not interested in that kind of ‘politics’.

With each blog posting this perspective is related to something taken from the news.

There are postings in Dutch and in English, some in both. The postings in English appear at and those in Dutch at By choosing the other language you go the other domain.

Postings written by rrustema are from Reinder Rustema. Political ‘hacker’ in the Netherlands, founder and manager of petitions website


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