Thursday, January 13, 2011

What language do you use to campaign for Belgium?

English of course, if you use French is pisses off the Flemmings, if you use Dutch it annoys the Walloons, so instead campaigning for Belgium is conducted in English.

Sad really, and fatal I suspect.


WitteringsfromWitney said...

Oh the irony!And the Belgians should be bloody grateful that they have something that we don't - a lack of government!

Edward Spalton said...

Some years ago on holiday in Crete, we had a villa near to a hotel where we could use the pool and other facilities as part of the deal. The hotel catered mostly for Belgians. One song was played repeatedly over the public address in English to a rather germanic oompah sort of tune. The chorus went

I'm a Belgian! I'm a Belgian!
I'm not English, I'm not French and I'm not Dutch,
And it makes me very proud to be a Belgian.
I'm a Belgian, so thank you very much.

Gawain Towler said...

Edward, splendid song, sounds a little Flanders and Swann

Andrew Zalotocky said...

At last, we've found a practical use for Esperanto! Longa Vivi Belgium!

AndrewWS said...

Andrew Z: "Belgujo" surely?