The Cabinet must take responsibility in the payment affair and resign. This is the opinion of a majority (61%) of the participants in the Theorem of the Day. “If there is no strong response to this, by resignation, when is it?”
The way in which political responses have been made to the issue — where numerous parents were wrongly identified by the Tax Administration as fraudsters — cannot count on respondents to understand. “They should have intervened in the first complaint. This has taken far too long,” says a critic.
Many agree with that. “They have ignored all signals with all the consequences for the victims,” it sounds. And: “The House of Representatives has been sleeping for years or even deliberately looked the other way and Rutte‘s cabinets too.”
Many respondents have little faith in the government. “Everything but everything runs in a hundred with the entire government. They are all completely out of society,” someone responds. “Politics slept for years and don’t want to wake up. They are the arrogance at the top of their behavior,” says another. “This cabinet must resign, and we must never let these nonsense come back into politics.”
The vast majority of the position participants (82%) believe that such a large affair should not be without consequences. “Years of misery and thousands of families to the bone destroyed. There are cabinets to so many fewer cases,” one of them responds. “Rutte finds resignation so shortly before the elections symbolic. Let it be symbolic, then, if this is not a reason to get out, what is it?”
According to 60% of respondents, the objection that the Cabinet cannot quit now because of the coronacrisis is nonsense. “The cabinet is hiding behind corona,” a respondent articulates the prevailing sentiment. “Corona should not be an excuse not to take responsibility on another file,” another responds. “The demissionary of the cabinet will not have any effect on the fight against corona”, expects another. “The elections are already on March 17th, and after that the cabinet will be demissionary anyway until a new government is elected.”
The fact that no one will be prosecuted for the affair in the Tax Administration itself can count on the understanding of few participants. At least 79% of them disagree with this decision of the Public Prosecutor‘s Office. “They knowingly pushed people to the abyss. Here need heads for rolling. At all levels, otherwise there is a high probability that such things will continue to happen. In normal business life, you’re screwed with something like that,” someone responds. “Why are senior officials always protected while they are shining the ministers by not doing their job properly?” , another wonders.
Many (37%) therefore do not believe that the resignation of the Cabinet is the right solution. “It is a structural problem, not a political problem. The government makes policy and supervises. However, public administrations such as the Tax Administration go their separate ways,” it sounds. “As long as no officials are held to account, nothing will change,” another thinks.