Nov 182006

Headline: Seeking re-election, incumbent Dutch government promises to ban burqa

The Dutch government said it would outlaw the head-to-toe burqa worn by some Muslim women and other face-concealing apparel in public places, marking this once-tolerant nation’s latest about-face on questions of culture and assimilation in Europe. …
The opposition Labor Party called the announcement a political ploy.

Well, yes, of course it’s a political ploy. That’s the purpose of having governments “of the people” — to do political ploys.

Some definitions:

Political (adj) Exercising or seeking power in the government or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.; of, pertaining to, or involving the state or its government; having a definite policy or system of government.
Ploy (n) a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage