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The Dutch are undecided

Posted by Helen Monday, March 14, 2005

We hear from our colleagues in the Netherlands, where a Vote-No campaign is being co-ordinated, even as I write, that the latest polls show something very interesting.

32 per cent are against the European constitution, 35 per cent in favour and 33 per cent undecided. 53 per cent say that they have no idea what is in the constitution and 42 per cent say they know a little. That leaves 5 per cent who must think they know a good deal, though it is not clear whether they are for or against it.

When we add that to the general dissatisfaction with the political elite in the Netherlands, the collapse of many of the cherished illusions about Dutch life after the brutal murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh, the resentment of the larger member states of the EU and the fear of further enlargement, we find a somewhat volatile situation, as this blog has noted before.