Rutte lashes out at Wilders and Verdonk
27 November 2007, AMSTERDAM - Geert Wilders and Rita Verdonk are deceiving their voters by suggesting unfeasible, populist solutions. The leaders of the "new politics" are guilty of cheap rhetoric by disregarding the law when presenting solutions.
27 November 2007
AMSTERDAM - Geert Wilders and Rita Verdonk are deceiving their voters by suggesting unfeasible, populist solutions. The leaders of the "new politics" are guilty of cheap rhetoric by disregarding the law when presenting solutions.
The VVD faction leader Mark Rutte said this in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant on Tuesday. He wrote the piece together with Joshua Livestro, columnist for the Telegraaf.
"The VVD is prepared to debate any topic with anyone and does not see why we should make any exception for the new politics. Nor is there any reason to be afraid," Rutte says.
The VVD does not think refraining from engaging with other parties is a solution. "That kind of cordon sanitaire is a fearful solution for fearful people."
The VVD leader says that a unique experiment will be taking place in the Netherlands in the coming years. "The voter will have to speak out on a large scale for the first time whether he wants a polished presentation or well constructed reform proposals. Anyone who thinks they can change the world with a few sound bites is not only deceiving the voters, but also himself."
Rutte believes that lively discussions help recruit new talent. "Without fresh blood or new ideas the parties of this new politics will become very dependent on that one strong man or woman. If that individual suddenly falls away, the foundation of the party is gone too. We've seen with the LPF what kind of chaos that can lead to."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news