One appears to come from a contractor‘s family with a gasoline dripping six-cylinder E300 Mercedes at the door, the other was already called foreigner, fellow fellow, new Dutchman and immigrant in her life. Then there is a new MP who has had the blood of the Afrikaners flowing through her veins and someone who has gained some fame under the stage name Dj Braille.
In the first months after the elections, these kinds of outburdened in the House of Representatives. In recent years, these first contributions by new MPs – in good Dutch maiden speeches – are becoming more and more personal.
This was seen, for example, by Labtamu de Hoop, who says that he had been found in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. And that he was adopted months after by his “Fryske heit en mem”.
De Kort (VVD), Gündogan (Volt), Van Meijeren (FvD), Bouchallikht (GroenLinks), Rajkowski (VVD), De Hoop (PvdA) and Van Ginneken (D66) speak for the first time:
“ Those who have given me the loving education that allows me to stand in this place today, there is no doubt about that,” he says in the speech, which then naturally passes into reflections on equality of opportunity and ends somewhat less naturally with a plea for first aid. Lessons.
That end was a ‘must‘; the debate was about the citizens’ initiative ‘first aid in education’. In that respect, Lisa van Ginneken had it a little easier. She gave her maiden speech in a debate about ID, and the speech was mostly about identity.
Habtamu de Hoop about his father from Wommels and his mother from IJlst:
The new D66 member of parliament told me how as a child on the couch she felt kinship with a man on TV who wanted to become a woman. “I felt like I was watching myself.” But then it took decades before she “dared to conclude aloud” who she was. “Now I stand here as the first open transgender woman in the heart of our democracy.”
This kind of personal stories is something of recent years, sketches parliamentary historian Anne Bos of the Radboud University. “You used to be assigned to a subject as a member of parliament and then you did, for example, your maiden speech on cockle fishing.”
Lisa van Ginneken about sitting on the couch with her sisters:
At that time the first was not dwell on. The next speaker made a compliment – often between nose and lips – and that was it. With President Wim Deetman in 1989 that changed, says Bos. He was the first President to announce in advance that there will be a maiden speech and who then suspended the sitting for congratulations.
And so it is now, although the suspension has gradually evolved into a kind of reception. The member of parliament stands in the middle of the room and then the members of parliament and directors present pass one by one. In recent years there is also often family of the happy one and a group mate comes up with a bunch of flowers.
In other words: it is becoming more and more a happening around the Member of the Chamber. Politics is more about the dolls than before, and these kinds of speeches are part of it. “Personal has taken a big flight”, sees special professor of parliamentary history Bert van den Braak of Maastricht University.
“ Profiling and visibility are important for MPs, for example to get a nice place on the list next time.” When drawing up the candidate lists, awareness of candidates is a factor of interest for parties. And for building that fame, the maiden speech is an excellent first opportunity.
Since the elections, more than 30 newcomers have seized that opportunity. This means that the maiden speecheching season is over half; in the coming period more than twenty MPs will be allowed to explain their motives and course of life.