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As you might know last month (March) it was election time in The Netherlands, and boy was it a battlefield once again. But besides all the mud-slinging, demonizing, hollow words and empty promises for us it was extra fun to watch how high the metal value of our parliament would become. Well, I can be brief: we, as a population group, are now over-represented. Hurray!

It has been said dozens of times that a national parliament should mirror society, but as far as I am concerned there can't be enough metal in high places. I mean, metalheads still suffer from the stigma that we are all a bunch of illiterate baboons with the same degree of subtlety as a wild rhinoceros that had just come home from a hard day at the swamp and found another man wearing his pyjamas, smoking his cigars and in bed with his wife. Now I do feel like that every once in a while, but that is not the point. What is important here is the fact that more and more people with a metal heart are occupying high governmental places, which eventually can lead to policy decisions that we all can benefit from.

But I was talking about over-representation, and that needs some explanation I guess. Well, it's pretty simple actually when you crunch the numbers. Currently there are living about seventeen million people in The Netherlands. Of those seventeen million about 150.000 are more or less interested in

hard music. This varies from the total fanatics who spend every dime of their hard-earned money on gigs, festivals, albums and other band rubbish up unto you distant cousin who plays his old AC/DC records when the wife's not at home. So the 150.000 is somewhat smaller than one percent of the grand total. But if we look at the percentage in parliament it's a different cookie. As far as we know from the 150 seats in the house six are occupied by metal enthusiasts: Halbe Zijlstra (VVD), Emile Roemer (SP), Esther Ouwehand (PvdD), Lisa Westerveld (GroenLinks), Peter Kwint (SP) and Frank Wassenberg (PvdD). That is no less than four percent! A number a lot of minorities only can dream of. So the chance that you will actually encounter a member of our Dutch parliament on a gig or a festival is quite big. Something which we never imagined possible in the early days when our beloved kind of music emerged. It's only a matter of time until we take over... :-)

So much for our state of the union this time, I’m sure you will find your way through this edition of LoM on your own. Remarks, comments, criticism, tips, information, offers, insults and applications are welcome at the familiar addresses as usual. Lords Of Metal edition 179 will be unleashed around May 1st. Until then. Horst