Opposition remains critical if Rutte promises an end to backroom politics

With the support of the coalition, Rutte maintains that his cabinet has not deliberately withheld explosive information. The VVD leader does promise improvement in the treatment of critical MPs, Rutte also announces a ‘new administrative culture’ with less backroom consultation, more openness and a stronger role for parliament.

Rutte must defend himself today against a massive opposition block that demands more explanation about the released minutes of the ministerial council. Parties unsuccessfully requested more meeting reports this morning. Think leader Farid Azarkan then submitted a motion of no confidence with the support of PVV, FvD, BBB and Bij1 (30 of the 150 seats). A majority does not seem feasible.

Rutte does acknowledge that statements about critical MPs in the minutes were ‘inappropriate’: “I am also not proud of everything I read in the minutes.” May be more critical than opposition MPs: ,, Inappropriate. But it is never intended to silence MPs. ”

Rutte promises a new administrative culture if he participates in a new cabinet. The prime minister launches a new term: ‘the in-between world’. This is how the Prime Minister describes the circuit of informal consultations between cabinet members and MPs. The Hague meeting week is full of sessions in which those involved discuss coalition plans.

Critics think that kills ‘dualism’ too much. In order to give the House of Representatives a more autonomous supervisory task again, Rutte now also thinks that it should be done less with that ‘in-between world’: “There is a lot of contact between MPs and ministers. Where that takes on the character of tuning, we must try to get rid of that in-between world. ”

In addition, much more information has recently been shared with the press, politicians and the public. The oekaze-Kok (who prescribes that civil servants are rarely allowed to have contact with the press and politics) has also gone overboard.

Reluctance

But many opposition parties do not accept these improvements and promises. Criticism remains about the limited information provision, and the parties also accuse the prime minister of deliberately concealing information. “In all those 37 pages of minutes it was zero times about discrimination, zero times about children in poverty,” said SP leader Lilian Marijnissen. “That is not impotence, that is unwillingness. If questions from Pieter Omtzigt were answered honestly, we would not be here. If one person in the Council of Ministers had hit the table with a fist, then we would not be here ”, said Marijnissen on the day that Faithful reveals that the compensation of duped parents is in danger of being stalled due to a crisis at the tax authorities.

VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie kept their ranks closed. The coalition groups recognize that the complaints of ministers about MPs are ‘inappropriate’, ‘bizarre’ also in tone, so they want an explanation. But they do follow the cabinet when it states that certain information has not been withheld for political reasons.

The CDA states that the attitude of critical MPs in the Trêveszaal seemed more important than solving problems: “Our MP Pieter Omtzigt has literally fallen ill from this file,” said MP Anne Kuik. The picture that emerges from the released minutes is ‘shocking and disturbing’, says Kuik. Coalition parties and the cabinet have had much too ‘sticky’ contact in recent years. According to Kuik, the cabinet would agree with Omtzigts plan have to get to work for ‘a new social contract’.

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