Nawijn unhappy with new 'doghouse'
4 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — MP Hilbrand Nawijn has expressed serious unhappiness with the new offices he has been given in the parliament complex.
4 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — MP Hilbrand Nawijn has expressed serious unhappiness with the new offices he has been given in the parliament complex.
Former immigration and integration minister Hilbrand Nawijn says the new rooms assigned to him by parliament chairman Frans Weisglas are "totally inadequate" and "even a dog kennel would be better".
Nawijn lost access to his previous office space following his resignation from the populist LPF party.
He broke away from the LPF faction after his colleagues expressed anger at his political flirtation with Filip Dewinter, leader of the far-right Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party in Belgium.
The LPF was particularly incensed by Dewinter and Nawijn's use of Pim Fortuyn's Rotterdam home, Palazzo di Pietro, to launch a new Dutch-centric think tank in June.
The house was turned into a museum and political meeting place in tribute to Fortuyn who was gunned down nine days before his LPF party was set to win a major victory in the general election on 15 May 2002.
Fortuyn had indicated during the campaign that he did not want to associate himself with Dewinter.
Now, Nawijn says he may move his political office to Fortuyn's home unless he gets better rooms in parliament for his one-man party.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news