Friday, February 18, 2011

Congratulations, gentlemen.



You've brought a distinguished honour to Belgium.  You must have known it would happen... is that what all these knowing glances and smiles were about all along?

For those not quite in the loop - as of yesterday Belgium beat out Iraq for the record of "Country to go without a government for the longest period of time".


249 days post-election and counting...

8 comments:

Sebastián Moncho said...

The record of Iraq is 289 days, not 249.

Charlie's Tribe said...

Sebastian, due to strange distortions in the.. erm... universal continuum, time flows differently in the Middle East. In particular, 289 days in Iraq actually IS equivalent to 249 days here in Belgium!

Jessica said...

Oh man, if 289 is right there are a heck of a lot of newspapers out there that need to fire their fact-checkers.

Jessica said...

Aha. "It is arguable whether 249 really is the world record. Iraq took 249 days to get the outlines of a government agreement last year, but the approval of that government took a further 40 days."

Mons Ben said...

I always thought it was 289, based on what I'd read (The Economist rarely get their facts wrong). 249 in Iraq to reach an agreement, a further 40 to put it into action. To be honest, does it really matter? This bunch of jokers couldn't form a government in 2,449 days. Jessica, what kind of country are we living in???

Efrutik said...

My main question is not really how many days, but WHY? Why are Belgians willing to live like this, in a limbo?

Sebastián Moncho said...

@Efrutik don't mix the belgians willings with the politicians ones ;). Belgians want to have a goverment, politicians don't.

Efrutik said...

@Sebastian, indeed I won't, but perhaps Belgians should be more angrier with those politicians?

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