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[Nettime-nl] Color pallet and flag of new Dutch government coalition.

Color pallet and flag of new Dutch government coalition.

posted today on The Limping Messenger/De Hinkende Bode
Color pallet and flag of new Dutch government coalition.
February 20, 2010 by Tjebbe van Tijen 
After the fall of the Dutch government February 20 saturday morning 4 o’clock a new political pallet proposes itself: a coalition of CDA/Christian democrats, PVV/Party of Freedom (Geert Wilders) and VVD/People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy. Fusion of party colors has been used before as a metaphor for politics (paars/Purple for the Social democrat, Christian and Liberal coalition in the nineties). This is the new political flag we may see soon be waving from parliament (both in a literal and abstract version)… The seagull is the symbol used by the PVV party.

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The seagull is known for its  ”harsh wailing or squawking calls” and is described as “a carnivore, which will take live food or scavenge opportunistically.” The PVV as a newcomer in party life has not yet chosen a typographical style or font. The seagull apart from its symbolism of a free moving bird, even in harsh weather, is represented by the reflective white of its breasts feathers, an royal house of Orange tail and dark blue silhouette wings as seen looking up at the sky. The blue can be seen as a reference to its liberal party origins (Geert Wilders split off as a person from the VVD/liberal party before founding his own party and  the colour blue was used by the VVD in their early years)
The CDA has in the last decade represented their intentions simply with the colour green and though it is intended to be a positive ’spring green’ the suppliers of the election paraphernalia often deliver something what is more like a poisonous fluorescent green. The typography uses a bold capital lettering.
The VVD has a short while ago switched over to the popular orangist and national football team colour orange with a remnant of the old liberal colour blue. There is a small white line in their letter based logo, behind the ‘D’ of democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie/people’s party for freedom and democracy).
As none of the colours used by these potential new government coalition partners (I have taken the colours as used on their web sites) belongs to the pallet of primary colours, the net result of mixing colours gives a ‘drab’ and indistinct effect.
Another possible political pallet would be a red/green coalition, with PvdA (social democrats) and SP (socialist party, former maoists) for the red and D66 (new liberals) and Groen Links (Green Left) both using different grades of green, with groen Linjks mostly adding some spots of red in their differing logos.

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