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This country needs a government with adequate support from the people. The sitting cabinet has too many members who have irrevocably compromised, the Prime Minister first.
We have been promised a new management culture. Instead, we get backroom policies that are sold as ‘drinking coffee’ by everyone involved. Unfortunately, many say there is no alternative. Otherwise, the Cabinet will never get a majority due to the distribution of seats in the Senate. Elections are a bad idea in this time of crisis.
On the contrary: choices are necessary. They do not have to root out anything, as the latest example in France shows. Soon the French go to the polls again for a new parliament. All this in two rounds of voting.
Since Monday, the House of Representatives has had twenty factions thanks to quarrels and disagreements within a few parties. It is high time that we voters were given the opportunity to clean up this political mess, so that there will be a manageable amount of political groups left.
That in itself is not enough to organize elections. More is needed. In 2020, the current coalition won the election. This happened under very special circumstances while the corona crisis was at its height. At the same time, it was a caretaker. Route III had withdrawn due to the unemployment benefit scandal.
We are now two years later. The coalition has not succeeded in bringing the benefits scandal to a successful conclusion. Despite the situation caused by the pandemic, the party leaders instead treated the country for an endless formation accompanied by new scandals. There was the affair around “Omtzigt, function elsewhere”. The Prime Minister was caught lying. The CDA went into an existential crisis that was reflected in disastrous polls. The new administrative culture incarnated Sigrid Kaag entered a period of self-disclosure. Me-too affairs reached politics.
The war in Ukraine leads to a political turn in the coalition. As for the European Union, they came from Saul Paul. Euroscepticism – at least for the stage – gave way to the opposite. Even the political leader of the CDA Wopke Hoekstra came with a passionate prayer for more unification. Our country is no longer one of the frugal four. Even joining a European army is no longer taboo.
Voters made their choices in 2020 based on programs based on forecasts from the previous decade. They have now lost all relevance. At the same time, it is highly doubtful whether the neoliberal consensus of the time is still valid in light of the particular problems facing the Netherlands. Five years ago, we believed that the climate problem in all its facets was the biggest challenge for us as a country and as a people.
In the eyes of many citizens, immigration comes as a close second place or even first. Meanwhile, our vulnerability to bacteria and a rapidly changing international situation have been added to this. Who would have thought in 2019 that we would now wage an economic war against Russia as inflation erodes citizens’ living standards?
As mentioned, the unemployment benefit scandal is no closer to a solution. At the same time, it deepens and uncovers new aspects of the crisis in youth care. For the time being, to talk about a more blessed memory with Jan Schaeder, against the housing crisis, only talk is used. Education produces more and more functionally illiterate people. Agriculture seems to be unsustainable with current practices. There is also no start to a solution in these areas.
Despite all the political disasters of the past two years, the Prime Minister has always stood up like a tumbler. He no longer listens to anyone, because in his own eyes, the proven approach of lubricating and handling behind the scenes still seems to work well. He has got his coalition partners involved in this. All his opponents have been driven into one corner of The Hague. Pieter Omtzigt has been marginalized, Sigrid Kaag has been shown her place. Wopke Hoekstra and Hugo de Jonge again turn out to be zeros, ChristenUnie is served one melon after another. Who knows, the Prime Minister may conjure up enough dead sparrows from his hat to tame troublesome senators.
In the current situation, it is a life-threatening cocktail. The Hague is not the Netherlands.
This country needs a government with adequate support from the people. The incumbent has too many members who have irrevocably compromised themselves, the Prime Minister first.
To begin to restore confidence in politics, new elections are first needed, where the public has a choice between candidates who clearly state how they want to govern our country through the old and the new crisis.
Incidentally, I am of the opinion that the subsidy scandal should not disappear from the attention of the public, and neither should the natural gas case in Groningen.