Belgian citizens think that their governments are not trustworthy according to the most recent survey published last friday by La Libre, a french centre right newspaper.
The numbers speak for themselves – 50% to 35%, depending if they are wallon or flemish think their government is bad or really bad. The same feeling, although with different figures, goes for the regional governments.
This is an historical result, never the numbers have been so high. Even the citizens that voted for the parties that are now on the government don’t seem to trust them now.
Besides the citizens that think their governments are not trustworthy, there is also a big percentage (15% to 19%) that answer that these governments are not bad nor good, and around 13% don’t have any opinion. So, one could say that almost 30% of the belgians lost their interest on politics. And this is much more worrying, since it means that these citizens are already in another level, the one of the disbelief on the political system.
We have always made jokes how the belgians could survive so many times, and for such a long periods without government. Off course we always see things accordingly with our own measures. Coming from a country where the level of concentration of powers and competences on the national government is so so high, the mere hypothesis of not having a government even for a week is unthinkable. That’s probably the reason why this belgian peculiarity was always on some of our minds, as a wishful thinking. Kind of: « if they can survive, why couldn’t we? » However nowadays this is taking a really different perspective. As the disbelief on politics is raising everywhere. This is not only a nice joke. This is really serious.
Citizens are resign from their statute. They don’t trust politics neither politicians, and they are giving up on having opinions, making decisions. But politics are all about citizens decisions and choices. Giving up is also making choice, is letting the others decide by you. If you don’t trust politics, you need to change it, and change them. If you don’t trust the current system you need to change it. At least try it. Otherwise, you are letting all the decisions on the hands of a growing fewer.