Van Ardenne lashes out at VVD
20 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Liberal VVD heavyweights Mark Rutte and Henk Kamp should leave Parliament because they joined Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders in casting doubt on the loyalty of Labour PvdA politicians Nehabat Albayrak, Ahmed Aboutaleb and Khadija Arib.
20 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The Liberal VVD heavyweights Mark Rutte and Henk Kamp should leave Parliament because they joined Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders in casting doubt on the loyalty of Labour PvdA politicians Nehabat Albayrak, Ahmed Aboutaleb and Khadija Arib.
That is directly at odds with the liberal philosophy, Agnes van Ardenne, former Christian democrat CDA minister for development cooperation, told the Volkskrant today.
"Rutte and Kamp are desecrating the democratic constitutional state."
Van Ardenne is very angry with VVD faction leader Rutte and her former colleague in the government Kamp for recently giving Wilders the opportunity to call three emergency debates on dual nationality.
The VVD is in danger of becoming an extremist party and should sort matters out internally, Van Ardenne says. "The very people I would never expect are pulling stones from the foundations of the Dutch constitutional state." She says the VVD has lost itself trying to please voters.
"Kamp and Rutte have become scared people. Politics is not for scared people, says, former VVD leader Fritz Bolkestein. That is why I think Rutte and Kamp should leave politics. Does the VVD not have any capacity to renew itself?"
Van Ardenne spent a lot of time with former Defence Minister Henk Kamp in the second and third Balkenende governments. But Van Ardenne says she has been in "shock" since the debate on the government policy statement.
Van Ardenne says the VVD could have enjoyed a resounding victory in the elections and would still have been in government if it had managed to make clear choices.
"The VVD is now in mourning. The men should be letting their beards grow. But what do they do? They jump onto Wilders' luggage carrier."
The VVD said in a reaction that it was surprised at Van Ardenne's statements. The Liberals say they have supported single nationality for years. They pointed out that the previous Balkenende government came with an initiative for this with the law on Dutch citizenship.
"The CDA itself, represented by MP Mirjam Sterk, called dual nationality ‘eating from two plates.' That is very different from what we are hearing now from a former CDA minister," said VVD leader Mark Rutte.
VVD MP Henk Kamp is going to ask for clarification from Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. "We are curious what the prime minister thinks about the fact that a newly appointed senior official at the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, ed.] is saying that MPs with a view that differs from her own should get lost."
The VVD members said it was "pure nonsense" to say the party was questioning the loyalty of politicians like Albayrak, Aboutaleb and Arib.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news