‘People can do it, it is possible ”, tweeted D66 campaign leader Sjoerd Sjoerdsma at the end of the afternoon on Tuesday. The latest polls had just come in. With 33 to 36 seats, a resounding profit was noted for the VVD. Followed at a great distance by the block of PVV, CDA and its own D66. A gap of about sixteen seats, which Sjoerdsma preferred to ignore. His party dreams of Sigrid Kaag in the Torentje.
In the final debate of the NOS, PVV leader Geert Wilders and D66 party leader Sigrid Kaag got the last chance to win over television viewers on Tuesday evening. The two had previously faced each other in election debates. This time too, the sparks were off.
“Traitor!” Geert Wilders got straight to the point in the debate about mass immigration. The PVV party leader objected to the D66 leader that she wore a headscarf as temporary foreign minister during an official visit to Iran. “Women who shed their headscarves were put in prison in Iran and you wore a headscarf. You are on the side of the ayatollahs and have wasted women’s rights. ”
“No,” countered Kaag. And again: “No! I was there as Minister of Foreign Affairs with a mission in national interest and for stability in the region and the security of Israel. If I am forced to put on a veil, then I will. ”
The dispute between PVV and D66 will result in few mutual shifts, although it did give the parties the opportunity to motivate their own supporters.
‘He’s forsaking you’
During the meeting between Wilders and VVD leader Mark Rutte, the chance to steal voters from each other was there. Rutte tried to cash in on his prime minister’s bonus by stating that we can only get out of the crisis with optimistic leadership. He dismissed Wilders as a runaway and addressed his voters. “Wilders is not going to do anything for you. He’s forsaking you. ”
Wilders countered fiercely: how could Rutte speak of optimism after he ‘had helped destroy 10,000 families’, he referred to the benefits affair, in which the government allegedly violated the law on thirteen points. “What are you still doing here?” Rutte agreed with Wilders ‘completely right’: “An awful lot has gone wrong. We are in the process of repairing that. ”
It were the flex contracts with which Wopke Hoekstra tried to hit VVD leader Rutte during the debate. The CDA leader wants to put the knife in it and blurted out about how the VVD had turned against this in recent years. “You have resisted it tooth and nail.”
Rutte in turn tried to take advantage of earlier CDA fumbling around shortening the WW. “You must have guts,” said Rutte when Hoekstra accused him of promoting inequality. “You are the one who wants to limit unemployment benefits in times of crisis.”
Neck and neck race
With the neck-and-neck race between numbers 2, 3 and 4, the 2021 elections are starting to look very much like those of 2017. Even then it was the PVV that took second place behind the VVD for weeks, but as the finish approached more and more the hot breath of CDA and D66 started to feel in the neck.
The left-wing bloc of PvdA, SP and GL seems to be damaged again in the parliamentary elections. Added together, the three parties currently occupy 37 seats in the House of Representatives, a historic low. And the end of that decline is not yet in sight.
In the NOS final debate, party leaders Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA) and Lilian Marijnissen (SP) also failed to even mention the differences between the parties in a one-on-one debate about care for the elderly. “We are allies,” said Marijnissen. “Indeed, I do not see many differences in the programs of the SP and the PvdA,” Ploumen concluded.
‘We have to do something’
Jesse Klaver met CDA party leader Wopke Hoekstra in a debate about climate. Klaver drove Hoekstra into the corner during an earlier confrontation. He did not let that happen again. “You are caught in your own right,” he threw at Klaver. According to Hoekstra, the GL plans only ensure that polluting matters such as aviation disappear across the border. “We really have to do something, but in an intelligent way.”
The left-wing parties can still console themselves by looking down at 50Plus, which appears to be disappearing from the House according to recent polls. The party can blame this entirely on itself, with all the quarrels that invariably resurface. Former foreman Henk Krol, who left the elderly party with a bang, tries to secure a seat with his own list. He spoke during Netherlands Chooses historical words about 50Plus: “In all these years there has never been a fight in my group.”