Former scout Henk Kamp does not have a good word about resigned scouts: ‘There are two weeks left behind’
The scouts Annemarie Jorritsma and Kajsa Ollongren ‘had already taken up the role of informateur’. That’s what VVD celebrity Henk Kamp said WNL on Sunday. Kamp was the first scout in 2012, after the House of Representatives was no longer in charge of the cabinet formation. “Explorers need to see what the election results are and in which direction the informateur can do his work,” said Kamp. ‘They shouldn’t be concerned with the attitude and position of people like Hoekstra and Omtzigt. ‘
Notes photographed under Ollongren’s arm on Thursday read, among other things, ‘Position Omtzigt, position elsewhere’ and ‘Hoekstra negotiation style’. After a commotion about this, the scouts stopped their work. On Wednesday or Thursday they will be accountable in the House of Representatives.
One scout is better
Kamp said that now ‘two weeks have been left unchecked’ and was surprised that two scouts, instead of one like in 2012 and 2017, had been appointed. ‘I don’t like that either, then you actually start negotiating with each other. That’s not a good step. ‘
The word scout does not appear in the Rules of Order of the House of Representatives. The position was created to bridge the eight days between the elections and the installation of the new House of Representatives. Previously, the queen would gather information from the presidents of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the party leaders. Now a scout does.
As soon as the new House of Representatives has been sworn in, an informateur can get to work. The new scouts, the outgoing ministers Tamara van Ark (VVD) and Wouter Koolmees (D66), have announced that they will only organize a new round of talks after the parliamentary debate. Also because some group leaders announced that they would not accept an invitation without a debate.
In both 2012 and 2017, the cabinet formation was evaluated by independent committees, both headed by the Nijmegen professor of constitutional law Paul Bovend’Eert. He concluded in 2012 that the appointment of a scout was ‘worth repeating’ and repeated that conclusion in 2017. But he also found that no one thought ‘that anything about this should be laid down in the Rules of Order’.
That made it possible that D66 already came up with the idea of a second scout on the evening of the elections. Former D66 Member of Parliament Boris van der Ham, who, together with fellow party member Gerard Schouw, submitted the amendment proposal that led to the new form of formation in March 2012, spoke on Friday evening. News hour of ‘living constitutional law’.
The fact that it initially seemed that Van Ark and Koolmees immediately wanted to continue the exploration ‘with a clean slate’, without interim justification by Jorritsma and Ollongren, gave him reason to find it ‘very sensible’ to now record a little more about the role of the scout (s). For example, that they can always be called to Parliament.