Several parties in the House of Representatives question the way informer Tjeenk Willink tries to form a cabinet. They find it strange that he mainly wants to talk about the content, while there are still doubts about the trust in VVD-foreman Rutte.
PVV and JA21 point out that Tjeenk Willink is tasked with restoring confidence between the parties after the Chamber passed a motion of censure against Rutte and the opposition had tabled a motion of censure against the Prime Minister.
“ But the whole issue is now parked,” says JA21-foreman Joost Eerdmans. Like PVV leader Geert Wilders, he thinks that the informer does not comply with the assignment and goes beyond his book. They asked for a debate this afternoon with Tjeenk Willink to end this formation attempt, but they did not receive sufficient support in the Chamber.
Yesterday, Mr Willink sent a note to all the group chairmen asking them to submit four or five subjects so urgent that agreements should already be made in the formation. The recovery of the economy after the coronacrisis must, as far as he is concerned, be part of this.
By first talking about a main line agreement, Tjeenk Willink hopes that trust will eventually grow between the parties. But according to Eerdmans, that‘s the wrong order. “There is a question of trust and it must be removed first,” he said after his visit to the informer.
Eardmans doesn’t see any self-reflection at Rutte. “This is how it becomes business as usual. That disappoints us, it doesn‘t feel comfortable.” JA21 was previously mentioned as a possible coalition partner.
‘Tjeenk is spokesman for Rutte‘
Geert Wilders, who was invited to Tjeenk Willink tomorrow, believes that the informer is far beyond his assignment. “He looks like Rutte’s spokesman and is already writing a coalition agreement for Rutte-4,” he says.
Think-group leader Azarkan wants an answer at the end of the week to the question ‘who has faith in whom? ‘ In his conversation with the informer, he also argued that the question of trust, which was initially the most important one, had disappeared too quickly into the background.
“ It is of course nice that we are going to talk about all kinds of topics,” said Azarkan afterwards. “But the victims of the payment affair, for example, are not about themes, but about who can rule with whom and handle the case properly.”
Group chairman Van der Plas of the BoerburgerMovement (BBB) also finds it strange that the question of confidence in today‘s talks does not have the highest priority. “In my view, it was about restoring trust between the political groups by the informer. That was the order of the House of Representatives. And at least that’s not right with us.”
Coronacrisis Recovery Policy
The informer speaks for the second time to all 17 group chairmen. The last round of talks was two weeks ago. Just like then, the small groups first come to their turn. Well, Willink asks them what other topics they consider important.
So far there is no line in that. 50plus leader Den Haan called the theme ‘age’. According to her, the growing group of elderly people has major consequences for all kinds of subjects, such as the housing market, the pension system and the health care system.
SGP leader Van der Staaij believes that more attention should be paid to security: “Defence, the shortages in tackling sex crime, trafficking in human beings, organised crime.” He has no problem with the fact that at this stage of formation the content is already being discussed. “But in the final report of the informer I hope to read a little more about trust, because that is also part of the assignment.”
‘Poetry of the gorges’
The rush hour was bitten off by Bij1 leader Simons this morning. She believes that the formation should be about “closing the economic and social gaps that were already there for corona and which have grown tremendously through the pandemic”. In her view, these gaps are mainly caused by discrimination, as emerged, for example, in the study of the child care allowance affair.
The plan is that the informer will present his final report by the end of next week. Then there will be a debate in the House of Representatives. That should be about the most important issues that have emerged from the talks. It is then necessary to determine how these problems are to be addressed and which parties want to work together.