A conversation about blogs with a business friend over lunch today prompted some thinking about Dutch politicians who blog. My lunch companion told me that the Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Gerrit Zalm, has a blog.
Sure enough, he does. What’s more, it looks like it’s regularly updated, the most recent post being today.
This is good – the second most senior politican in the Dutch government has a blog. Well, it’s called a blog. You can’t leave comments so it’s a one-way channel. Nevertheless, each post is bylined by Mr Zalm so I’m going to assume that he actually does write what he posts (or is that a rather naive view?). His blog’s in Dutch, naturally.
Mr Zalm is a good example of a trend that no doubt will be commonplace in Europe within a few years – as with business leaders who blog and want to engage with their audiences, so will it be with politicians.
That’s got my vote.
Bio (in English) of Gerrit Zalm: Government.nl | Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance Gerrit Zalm