CDA rekindling attempt with Omtzigt seems no chance

A group of CDA players will argue at the party conference this weekend that the party should make a reconciliation attempt with Pieter Omtzigt. But that seems oddless. Omtzigt indicated to the party summit that the book is closed for him, sources report to Nieuwsuur.

So Omtzigt wouldn‘t want to go back to his old party. At the same time, he indicated that the CDA does not need to be afraid of competition for the time being. Omtzigt would not think about a new party right now. He wants to return to the House as a one-man fraction soon and carry out his controlling task there.

So in the party it can be told that there have already been vain attempts to get Omtzigt back to the party. But next Saturday, several departments and networks at the conference will still argue that a reconciliation attempt should be made.

Bart van Horck, of the CDA Midvoor network, submits a resolution on that. He says he hopes that his party will cooperate with Omtzigt in a different way if they really do not want to return to the group.

It has to be different

In the run-up to the party conference, Nieuwsuur spoke to CDA players across the country. From left to right there is criticism of the party’s course and it can be heard everywhere that, even given the disappointing polls, it has to be different.

For example, the Social Democracy Foundation organised several political cafes in the run-up to the conference. At the meeting in Doetinchem there were mainly CDA players who are pro-omtzigt. They believe that the party should become more popular and have a clearer profile.

Henriรซtte van Hedel, spokesperson for the foundation, says: โ€œI think if we ask people on the street if the country looks different because the CDA has been in the government, nobody can actually answer.โ€

Van Hedel also criticizes the party summit. For example, Minister Bijleveld said this summer that things could have been avoided if Omtzigt hadn‘t returned to the CDA list after three instalments. According to Van Hedel, this attitude of the minister shows that there is still no self-reflection in the party summit. Other attendees at the meeting say frankly that the party is’ miserable ‘, that Hoekstra is ‘a Minerva male‘ who does not connect and that’ stupid ‘has been dealt with with the peasant’s supporters.

โ€œNo Right Courseโ€

The CDA board also wants to take a clearer course with the party itself. Former MP Chris van Dam advises not to set a right-wing course. He says, in the run-up to the conference, that he is surprised that the party does profile itself like that. โ€œI am very sorry that if we talk about the right-wing parties these days, without breathing, the CDA is also mentioned in the same way. We are a middle party.โ€

That his party to the formation excludes the left-wing block of PvdA and GroenLinks does not like him. He says to find that โ€œquite complicatedโ€ and says he was surprised to have learned about the blockade of Hoekstra.

‘Hoekstra must โ€œflameโ€

In the CDA, several people say aloud that Hoekstra should give ‘the speech of his life’ to unite the party. So there‘s pressure on congress. CDJA Chairman Tom Scheepstra also thinks Hoekstra should ‘flame‘. He is confident that it can succeed in bringing the different flanks in the party together.

At the CDA party summit, the hope that returning the CDA rate might be binding. The board wants to make it clearer that the party is โ€œnot VVD-Lightโ€ and not liberal. Wopke Hoekstra will emphasize that before the conference, that’s how it sounds.

Staying in the Room

Monday evening the new course was presented as Richard van Zwol sees before him. He looked at that on behalf of the party. He believes that the three key points should be: โ€œdoing justice,โ€ โ€œliving healthyโ€ and โ€œconnecting difference.โ€

To make the CDA sound recognizable again, people in the party soundto hope that Wopke Hoekstra will remain in the House of Representatives. There he could be better to profile himself than as a third Deputy Prime Minister. But the party should rule, they say there. The fear is that with so many parties in the House, the sound of the CDA is snowing in the opposition.]

Previously, political reporters Nynke de Zoeten and Jorn Jonker set out what happened behind the scenes in recent years at the CDA: