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Müntefering is Here!

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VerDi choir

trade union choir

The local trade union womens’ choir beeps And Because a Human is a Human (“Und weil der Mensch ein Mensch ist”). The compère told us that the girls first came together during the “Great Strike in 2007”. I remember no sizable strike here, but who cares. The marquee is packed with happy locals from Verden. The party turns 140. The Social Democratic Party’s local branch, that is – Verden’s governing party. Some of my old and gone relatives are included on the black-and-white photos displayed here, too. But I know nobody of the people here – the oldest folks attending are those who made the 1968 revolutions. Now, they are all very sedate, and despise the Left Party. But that’s tradition, too. My old relatives, in their times, probably hated the USPD, too.

What am I doing here? Ah, yes, I’m here to take some photos of Franz Müntefering, Germany’s supreme social democrat – then, and now again.

He isn’t exactly in time, although I’m pretty sure he had arrived at Hotel Höltje long before 6 p.m. – that’s when he was supposed to deliver a speech here. The cars in front of the hotel suggested that he was staying there, anyway. But to raise expectations and make them explode according to script, you need to raise the temperature.  Mr Müntefering will be twenty minutes late.

Then he befalls. Very swiftly. Little time for photographs…

He's coming...

He's coming...

He's here

He's here

No offence meant, Mr Müntefering, and Mr Bluesbrother, but this is like if I go and visit my dear old Grandparents and take an attack dog with me for security reasons… Even the press photographer is scared!

Here, too!

Here, too!

Anyway, that was it. Münte started speaking shortly after I left. I overheard the initial applause. The otherwise dinky crowd was now randy, in accordance with the script.

How does Granny say?

“Politics is a dirty business, boy.”

Yeah, somehow.


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  1. […] Tai De was there, too, and offers us a remarkable glimpse of politics in the German countryside. […]

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