A KRO contest picking the greatest Dutchman ever returned Pim Fortuyn yesterday, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the not completely stupid. But wait! There were some problems with the phone lines, and apparently a recount including late-arriving votes has returned William of Orange (the first, not the guy who married the English chick) instead, Radio 1 reports.
We’ll hear more tomorrow, I’m sure. We’re a bit short on Important Issues to Go Into a Murderous Rage About lately.
For what it’s worth, though, the votes counted before the end of the final TV show make up the official results. Those gave Fortuyn 115,000 votes to William’s 111,000 – a very meager mandate. The unofficial count is William 161,000 – Fortuyn 130,000.
For comparison: in similar contests, the British picked Winston Churchill and the Germans Konrad Adenauer. Surely those will have been the subject of heated debate, but they do indicate that our neighbours haven’t taken leave of their senses yet.