The House of Representatives, as expected, supports the nomination of Johan Remkes (VVD) and Wouter Koolmees (D66) as new informers. This became clear in tonight‘s formation debate, which was hardly about the task that the two get: to form a cabinet with the parties of the current coalition.
The debate addressed the incidents that have recently arisen around the faltering cabinet formation. For example, opposition parties like the PVV and SP D66 leader Sigrid Kaag attacked the gossip spread by her party about the potential drink consumption of informer Remkes.
At the beginning of her contribution, Kaag herself came back to the affair. “The words were rightly taken back immediately,” Kaag said. She said she has taken immediate responsibility and talked about the case within D66. She denied being the source of the gossip, and her secondant Rob Jetten doesn’t come from the story either. How it did, she found an internal party affair.
“It‘s a big cowardly gang at D66,” said PVV leader Wilders. SP group chairman Lilian Marijnissen called it “sad talk” and pointed to Kaag’s promise of new leadership. “This does say something about the way you look at politics. Is this your new leadership?”
According to several parties, VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie chose not because of the national interest to talk, but mainly because they are afraid of new elections. In doing so, they might lose seats.
fact that the current coalition is now going to be underway is unbelievable, according to those parties. “Like nothing happened. It‘s so false,” Wilders argued, referring to the surcharge scandal that prompted the resignation of the current cabinet. “Do you understand that people at home don’t understand that?”
Tricky for surcharges parents
Sophie Hermans, acting party chairman of the VVD, had to acknowledge that continuing the current coalition is difficult for many allowance parents: “I can imagine that it becomes incredibly difficult to regain the trust of the victims of that affair.”
“We are going to do everything we can to alleviate the suffering,” said Hermans, who also pointed out that the voter did give the four party coalition a majority on 17 March. Hermans replaced Mark Rutte, who is a demissionary prime minister in Slovenia for an EU summit.
In addition to the four parties of the current coalition, PvdA, GroenLinks, Volt, JA21, SGP, Fraction Den Haan, Group Van Haga and BBB also support the nomination of Remkes and Koolmees. They will be appointed immediately tonight and will provide an explanation of their work tomorrow morning.