What will your world look like in a few years? Where do you live? What do you deserve? And how fast can you drive? To influence this, you can color a square red in the voting booth in a small month.
Yet there is already a pencil sketch of the next coalition agreement before the parliamentary elections. Many parties think the same on a number of subjects, as is apparent from a comparison of the programmes of the parties that are already in the Chamber.
For example, there is something in the barrel for the little ones that is widely shared: childcare should be free or cheaper. Only the PVV, Forum for Democracy and the SGP are against. The other parties vary in their position from ‘free for everyone’ to ‘free for parents who do not have it broad’.
Say childcare, you say childcare, you say childcare supplement. The scandal that caused the government to resignate has made the payment system (including the rental and care allowance) unpopular with almost everyone. Eleven out of thirteen parties believe that the mess of forms and counters should end. One says “end the payment jungle”, the other has to be “on the shovel”.
Then in the classroom: many parties somehow want a salary increase for teachers. A large number of people want to increase wages across the board, some want to equalize rewards in primary and secondary education. And some want more money for excellent teachers or for teachers who work in disadvantaged schools. So there is no consensus yet.
Even one age category higher, there is also a topic on which many parties agree. Everyone, except the VVD, wants to get rid of the student loan system. A number of parties have been involved in recent times and as a result the return of a scholarship system seems inevitable. What exactly this should look like is something for the negotiating table.
And after the study to work. If this is against the payment of the minimum wage, it should be higher than at present. All parties, with the exception of the Forum for Democracy, agree on this. The majority of them also think that your boss should give you a permanent contract if possible. Once that agreement is signed, it‘s best to do your job at home. Because many parties have learned from the coronacrisis that working at home has all sorts of advantages.
If you’re going to work, you can do that by public transport, it‘s the idea. The election programmes talk about “good ov”, “affordable ov”, “high-quality ov” or even “free ov”. And almost all parties want faster or new connections. For example, the VVD wants to be able to travel with a light rail between major cities, nine parties want a fast train to the north, the CDA also wants to go east and the PvdA adds the south.
As far as the car is concerned, the views are very different. Seven parties have an opinion on the speed limit on the highway. Should these seven end up at the negotiating table, and they distribute their speed requirements exactly then you can set your cruise control at 118.57 kilometers per hour on the highway.
What you should see from the car, light rail or high-speed train is that there are more trees than before. Everyone except the PVV dedicates a passage to that. A number of parties want to plant one for every Dutchman, others in football fields or hectares.
Work and transport are important, but you also have to live somewhere. All parties want more houses (and a Ministry of Housing to arrange that). The consensus is that more needs to be built, but where exactly is a theme for the negotiating table.
A whole new city is an option, “building in green”, within existing buildings or building new neighbourhoods to existing cities/villages. You can benefit from the building spirit especially as a starter or when you are ripe for a “knarrenhofje”.
If you live somewhere, it’s got to be safe in the neighborhood. That‘s why all parties say they’re a fan of neighborhood cops. They have to be “more visible”, “more into the neighbourhood” (where they are less and less) or they simply have to become more.
On quite a few topics there are (partial) similarities, but still a disclaimer is appropriate. Ultimately, the sketch should be coloured at the negotiating table. And there intentions can always be stranded because they prove impracticable or priceless (the coronaccrisis swallows up a lot of money). Or because parties change their understanding.
In this video, CCEit will pass the thirteen largest parties in three minutes each. Look at them all, or by piece, the video is divided into chapters: