yeh i remember sunniegirl! <smiles> so you really are all here
what's happened since fortuyn's murder ... long story. i'll come in again tomorrow (or so) to see what Q's might have been posted about it in this thread, and then i'll answer in more detail.
for a first approximation of how volatile voter preferences
have been, in any case, in the months before and after fortuyn's murder, last year's elections, the forming of the new government with the List Fortuyn, its fall after 5 months or so, and now the new election campaign, you can take a peek at the top graph on http://home.wanadoo.nl/anepiphany/opinie02.html
- it's an overview of what the opinion polls have been saying, the numbers on the left are number of parliamentary seats, n=150.
Of course that's only a fragment of the story, a sideshow to the actual business of how the country was governed, which turned out to be a rather chaotic and acrimonious affair this past year. But: without further violence, thank god.
Considering the abbreviations, btw (also for the graph):
CDA = Christian Democratic Appeal
PvdA = Labour Party (social-democratic)
VVD = People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (conservative liberal, and yes, that definition makes sense in Europe)
LPF = List Pim Fortuyn (populist-liberal with a nationalist bend)
SP = Socialist Party (radical left)
Groen Links = Green Left
(the TK in the graph is for parliamentary elections, the GR for last year's local elections, and "val kabinet" for the government's dissolution).