Dittrich criticises Balkenende
Cabinet Balkenenede II criticised for lack of leadership and non-communication
24 October 2006
AMSTERDAM - During decisive moments in the period of government of the cabinet Balkenende II Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was absent. "He only stepped in just when everything had already gotten out of hand."
"Jan Peter practically never telephoned. Sometimes we had no contact for months on end," said former-D66- parliamentary party leader Boris Dittrich this week in the publication Vrij Nederland. (Free Netherlands).
In retrospection from the weekly magazine over Balkenende II, Dittrich denounced the lack of leadership and communication of the prime minister. As an example he quotes the conflict in the coalition concerning the WAO social benefits in 2005, where the CDA and the VVD had arguments but Balkenende, according to Dittrich, did nothing.
"Then we have said as party-leaders: we will do it ourselves. We got Gerrit Zalm and Aart Jan de Geus involved. Eventually they went to Balkenende to communicate what we had decided. For the show they remained there an hour so that they could have the press communicate that Jan Peter had come up with the solution. But it was not that way."
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news