As readers know I have been keeping an eye on the coalition negotiations going on in the Netherlands. It does appear that the 'purple' coalition favoured by our friends in D66 is now a serious runner. This would bring together VVD the (market) liberals who are the biggest party with Labour, D66 the (social) liberals and the left Greens. The various parties do seem to have kept their conversations private but there is an feeling of momentum about events.
I was interested in the 'off stage' advice of the former Labour leader Ms Ter Horst:
She.... reveals herself to be anything but a fan of new media at cabinet meetings. “A new PM should ban twitter, text messages and internet – insist that all that junk be handed in at the door.”
She sound like my own MP-speaking of whom locals may not have realised that John is asking for advice-altho I would send it via twitter given he and Ms Horst appear to have similar views on the role of new media. John is heading up the LibDem backbench health committee and has written in Lib Dem Voice: