"Wilders maintains double standard"

8th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Geert Wilders, faction leader of the Freedom Party PVV, maintains a "double standard" if he accuses Labour PvdA MP Khadija Arib of doing something wrong by holding a position on a committee that advises the Moroccan government, while he says nothing about the paid advisory work that Liberal VVD MP Hans van Baalen performs for the Taiwanese government. Faction leader of Green-left GroenLinks Femke Halsema said this on Thursday during the emergency debate in Parliament on Arib's adv

8 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Geert Wilders, faction leader of the Freedom Party PVV, maintains a "double standard" if he accuses Labour PvdA MP Khadija Arib of doing something wrong by holding a position on a committee that advises the Moroccan government, while he says nothing about the paid advisory work that Liberal VVD MP Hans van Baalen performs for the Taiwanese government. Faction leader of Green-left GroenLinks Femke Halsema said this on Thursday during the emergency debate in Parliament on Arib's advisory work in Morocco.

During the debate the Christian democrat CDA and Democrat D66 also accused Wilders of targeting Arib, but at the same time failing to be open about his faction member Dion Graus, who reportedly abused his ex-girlfriends.

Wilders claimed he did not know about Van Baalen's work. The accusations against Graus he said are neither here nor there. Wilders still refuses to disclose the findings of an investigation that he himself had ordered into the Graus situation.

During the debate Wilders said it was a "serious problem that an MP was working for a foreign government."

He not only had problems with Arib's activities on a committee in Morocco, but also was displeased at comments she had made in interviews. Wilders said it was "a scandal" that Arib said on the radio that she is "not loyal" to the Netherlands or Morocco.

Wilders also thought it "scandalous" that Arib said she was glad she had two passports, so that she would still be able to leave the country if people like Wilders were to come into power here.

The PVV faction leader said he was "not making a personal attack." He would also be unhappy to hear if an MP from any other party were advising the Finnish government, for instance, on agriculture or any other topic.

For the rest it looks as if a majority in Parliament has no objection to Arib's advisory work. The debate continues this afternoon.

The PvdA said it was proud of Arib. Her committee does not answer to the Moroccan king, said her party colleague Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Nor did most of the other parties have any objections.

The PVV and VVD would have liked the prime minister to attend the debate but he is in Brussels at the moment.

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