No answer on Mrs Wilders
22 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders gave John Wanders of the Volkskrant an interview today. Democrat D66 leader Alexander Pechtold yesterday called on him to clarify whether his wife, Hungarian by birth, in fact is a dual national.
22 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – Leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders gave John Wanders of the Volkskrant an interview today. Democrat D66 leader Alexander Pechtold yesterday called on him to clarify whether his wife, Hungarian by birth, in fact is a dual national.
"Today it is my wife, tomorrow my aunt or grandmother. It had better not get any more aburd. What I am arguing for in Parliament – that dual nationality be scrapped – applies for everyone. I do not make any distinction. "
So that holds true for your wife as well?
"Do not interpret my words as an implicit answer to Pechtold's question. He will not be getting an answer to that question. Full stop. I do not think that politicians' family members may be a topic for discussion."
So you, or one of your party colleagues, will never pose any questions about family members of State Secretary for Justice Nebahat Albayrak?
"In principle, no. The fact that someone belongs to Albayrak's family is irrelevant and should indeed not be a topic for discussion. The situation is different if there is a professional relationship. I understand that a sister of Albayrak works at the IND. Then it is different."
How should things continue between yourself and Pechtold?
"Pechtold is entirely unimportant to me. He can ask what he wants, I can answer what I want. It would be petty if I were to refuse to engage in debate with him anymore."
That was your reaction last year after Pechtold compared you to Hans Janmaat [a far-right politician in Parliament in the 80s and 90s].
"He wasn't making a comparison this time. He was asking about my wife. He will not be getting an answer to that."
How long will you be able to brush off this question?
"What do you mean? I am simply not answering it. The whole Volkskrant editorial staff could come to my office, I will continue to refuse. It is just absurd that my family is being involved in this. I am being cut down on all sides. Terrible comparisons have been made.
"In the meantime my following continues to grow. I have noticed quite a difference between how the newspapers are writing about me and how society views me."
Pechtold's comments have received no support whatsoever in Parliament. His colleagues have criticised him for striking below the belt and putting a fellow MP's private life in the spotlight.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news