With the polls still pointing to a hung parliament, many British people are taking inspiration from Belgium.
Only weeks away from the 2015 General Election most pollsters are still predicting a hung parliament. There is also a consensus that this will be followed by weeks, months, and possibly even years of deliberations and
well-meaning discussions arguments between political parties. As such, it has come as no surprise to many academics that thousands of British people are taking inspiration from Belgium, which infamously went without an elected government for 589 days.
Enthusiasm for Belgium and all related activities has risen dramatically in recent weeks. Sales of Belgian novelties; beer, chocolate, the Lisbon Treaty, and guidebooks to Brussels, have all flown off the shelves as Brits rush to adopt Flemish customs.
Reaction to the phenomena has been mixed.
‘Look, if we’re gonna go Belgian, there’s no point going half-Belgian’, said June Gravenor of Balmoral. ‘Either we go all in and flatten the country to just above sea level, or sod it’.
Others however were more discerning. ‘Half Belgian is fine for me’, James Emannuel told us. ‘I’ll take a national football team with some kind of future (or at the very least Hazard and Courtious), the fancy beer that’s brewed by monks, and an odd brothel or two.’
The main constant in public opinion is enthusiasm for the Flemish, and not the French, culture of Belgium. This was ‘entirely expected’ said everyone we asked.
Despite this movement, civil servants remain concerned as to how long a stalemate between the UK political parties could last. One source told us they were thankful that political leaders will only have to compromise over the minor issue of the entire economic direction of the country. This is in contrast to the major issues which Belgian faced, including allegations of ‘francophone cultural imperialism’, and whether to put that pissing kid on the currency.
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