You have probably seen these letters before when you have visited Amsterdam. There a couple of them throughout the city. The one you see here below I took at Schiphol Airport, but they are also at Museumplein and a couple other locations.
Now the ones on Museumplein were removed this morning. And why? Because they ‘are a symbol of extreme individualism’ and because of that they have to go.
Well well well, who was the smart ass to think of this measure? Honestly, my first thought that comes to mind when seeing these letters is exactly the opposite. It is that WE are all a piece of Amsterdam because of these letters.
But Dutch government at the moment sometimes seems like they have nothing else to worry about. So they keep themselves occupied with these kind of futilities. ‘Betuttelen’ we call it, the English translated word ‘Patronizing’ doesn’t entirely cover the message I find.